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Marcus Simmons

Marcus Simmons is the Deputy Editor of Autosport magazine. As a child he was a regular on the chalk banks of Thruxton – hence his unhealthy obsession with 1970s Formula 2 and F3 – before he became an MSA timekeeper at the age of 17. At 19, his reporting debut for Motoring News arguably overshadowed Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal as the sporting moment of June 1986, and he joined the staff in 1990 after graduating from his degree course in Plymouth. A parallel Formula First career – which was as incident-packed as his childhood exploits in show-jumping and hunter trials – finished when he wrote off his car and put himself in hospital in 1991.

Marcus moved to Autosport in the summer of 1996. Since then he has had two stints as a freelancer and a brief spell as editor of Motor Sport magazine, during which the revered green cover was revived, before he rejoined Autosport in 2008. He lives in Teddington with his wife (who, gratifyingly, grew up within earshot of Castle Combe), daughter, stepson, dog, cat and guitars, and additionally has an adult daughter and stepson. 

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Morgan joins BMW squad WSR for 2023 BTCC season

Long-time British Touring Car Championship privateer Adam Morgan has finally joined the ranks of the big teams by linking up with official BMW squad West Surrey Racing for 2023.

Ciceley Motorsport exits BTCC after 10 years

Race-winning British Touring Car Championship team Ciceley Motorsport has called time on its involvement in the series after 10 years.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Ingram seals maiden title, Lloyd wins finale

Tom Ingram is the 2022 British Touring Car champion after finishing fifth in a tense finale at Brands Hatch, while his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai teammate Dan Lloyd won the race.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Ingram holds off Hill to extend points lead

Tom Ingram stretched his British Touring Car Championship lead going into the finale with his second victory of the day at Brands Hatch.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Ingram wins opener to take points lead

Tom Ingram leapfrogged into the British Touring Car Championship points lead with victory in the opening race of the day at the Brands Hatch finale.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Ingram takes crushing pole for finale

Tom Ingram left the Brands Hatch Grand Prix qualifying lap record in smithereens after taking an utterly dominant pole position for the final round of the British Touring Car Championship.

BTCC Silverstone: Ingram narrows points gap to Sutton with win

Tom Ingram beat Ash Sutton to victory in the final race of the day in the penultimate round of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone.

BTCC Silverstone: Hill beats Butcher to win Race 2

Jake Hill moved himself to just two points off the British Touring Car Championship points lead at Silverstone by defeating Rory Butcher in the second race at Silverstone.

BTCC Silverstone: Butcher holds off Hill to win opening race

Rory Butcher soaked up massive pressure from Jake Hill to take his first victory of the 2022 British Touring Car Championship season in the opening race of the penultimate round at Silverstone. 

BTCC Silverstone: Butcher claims pole for Toyota by 0.037s

Rory Butcher claimed pole position for the penultimate round of the British Touring Car Championship on a Silverstone circuit where he and the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla GR Sport dominated in 2021.

Ex-F1 racer Firman to bring back Van Diemen name with new car

Van Diemen is set to hit the tracks again in 2023 under the control of ex-Formula 1 driver Ralph Firman Jr, son of marque co-founder Ralph Sr.

Top 10 Ligier F1 drivers ranked: Boutsen, Pironi, Laffite and more
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Top 10 Ligier F1 drivers ranked: Boutsen, Pironi, Laffite and more

From its entry to Formula 1 in 1976 to its takeover by Prost 20 years later, Ligier had a colourful history, with its fortunes waxing and waning through the 1980s. Here are its best drivers across the squad's history

BTCC Thruxton: Cook claims win in reversed-grid finale Thruxton II
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BTCC Thruxton: Cook claims win in reversed-grid finale

Josh Cook cemented his reputation as the British Touring Car Championship’s King of Thruxton with a superb win in the final race of the day at Thruxton.

BTCC Thruxton: Cammish gifts Sutton victory in race two Thruxton II
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BTCC Thruxton: Cammish gifts Sutton victory in race two

Dan Cammish gifted team-mate Ash Sutton victory in the second race of the day in the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.

BTCC Thruxton: Cammish takes advantage of chaos for race one victory Thruxton II
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BTCC Thruxton: Cammish takes advantage of chaos for race one victory

Dan Cammish took the first win of his British Touring Car Championship comeback season by leading from pole position to the chequered flag at Thruxton.

BTCC Thruxton: Cammish shades Cook for pole

Dan Cammish snatched his and the Motorbase Performance squad’s first pole position of the British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton.

BTCC Snetterton: Sutton in control to take finale win ahead of Plato

Ash Sutton kept himself in the British Touring Car Championship title fight with victory in the final race of the day at Snetterton.

BTCC Snetterton: Turkington doubles up ahead of Hill again

Colin Turkington took another step towards a record-breaking fifth British Touring Car Championship title by making it two wins out of two at Snetterton.

BTCC Snetterton: Turkington dominates opener from Hill

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington claimed victory in the first race of the day at Snetterton to extend his lead in the 2022 series.

BTCC Snetterton: Turkington pips Hill to take last gasp pole

British Touring Car Championship points leader Colin Turkington grabbed pole position at Snetterton in a qualifying session dominated by BMW, narrowly beating his West Surrey Racing stablemate Jake Hill.

BTCC Knockhill: Gamble claims maiden BTCC win in finale

British Touring Car Championship rookie George Gamble took his maiden series victory in the reversed-grid finale to the Knockhill round.

BTCC Knockhill: Sutton takes first Ford win after close Hill fight

Reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton finally claimed his first victory of the 2022 season at Knockhill after another thrilling battle with Jake Hill.

BTCC Knockhill: Hill wins Race 1 after thrilling Sutton fight

Jake Hill took victory in the first race of the Knockhill round of the British Touring Car Championship after a scintillating battle with Ash Sutton.

BTCC Knockhill: Hill on pole as BMWs dominate qualifying

Jake Hill took a dominant British Touring Car Championship pole position at Knockhill as a sea of five BMWs flooded the top six.

BTCC Croft: Shedden beats Cook in finale

Gordon Shedden cruised to victory from reversed-grid pole in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Croft.

BTCC Croft: Lloyd doubles up to beat Ingram in Hyundai 1-2

Dan Lloyd made it two wins out of two at the Croft round of the British Touring Car Championship by leading home Tom Ingram for an Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai 1-2.

BTCC Croft: Lloyd beats Turkington for emotional win in Race 1

Dan Lloyd withstood everything the British Touring Car Championship’s King of Croft Colin Turkington could throw at him to take victory in the first race.

BTCC Croft: Turkington claims pole in ‘retired’ BMW

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington bounced back from his Oulton Park shunt last time out to claim pole position for the fifth round of the series at Croft.

Lloyd could be forced out of rest of BTCC season after crash Oulton Park
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Lloyd could be forced out of rest of BTCC season after crash

British Touring Car Championship ace Dan Lloyd says there is doubt over the remainder of his season following his massive crash at Oulton Park on Sunday.

BTCC Oulton Park: Jelley wins after massive first-lap shunt Oulton Park
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BTCC Oulton Park: Jelley wins after massive first-lap shunt

Stephen Jelley won the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Oulton Park as a first-lap smash knocked three of the four main title contenders out of contention.

BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram beats Sutton in Race 2 for Oulton double Oulton Park
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BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram beats Sutton in Race 2 for Oulton double

Tom Ingram made it two wins out of two on the day at Oulton Park to move into the joint lead of the British Touring Car Championship with Josh Cook.

BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram dominates Race 1 to end jinx Oulton Park
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BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram dominates Race 1 to end jinx

Tom Ingram dominated an otherwise entertaining British Touring Car Championship opening race at Oulton Park to end his jinx at the Cheshire venue.

BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram overcomes late qualifying pause to grab pole

Tom Ingram took pole position at Oulton Park on what is traditionally his jinx circuit for the fourth round of the British Touring Car Championship.

How junior formula giant Prema is readying for its Le Mans future Prime

How junior formula giant Prema is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

BTCC Thruxton: Morgan beats Turkington in BMW 1-2 Thruxton
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BTCC Thruxton: Morgan beats Turkington in BMW 1-2

Adam Morgan took his first British Touring Car Championship win of the season at Thruxton after leading the reversed-grid race from start to finish.

BTCC Thruxton: Cook takes another record Thruxton win Thruxton
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BTCC Thruxton: Cook takes another record Thruxton win

New British Touring Car Championship leader Josh Cook added yet another Thruxton win to his tally in the second race of the day after a stunning move on Jake Hill on the opening lap.

BTCC Thruxton: Josh Cook takes record eighth Thruxton win Thruxton
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BTCC Thruxton: Josh Cook takes record eighth Thruxton win

Josh Cook took the lead of the British Touring Car Championship with victory in the first race of the day at Thruxton.

BTCC Thruxton: Circuit specialist Cook romps to pole

Josh Cook maintained his reputation as the king of Thruxton by grabbing pole position for the third round of the British Touring Car Championship at the Hampshire speedbowl.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Turkington dominates interrupted finale

Colin Turkington dominated the final British Touring Car Championship race of a wet day at Brands Hatch to lead home a BMW 1-2.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Cook doubles up with lights-to-flag win

Josh Cook put in an exquisite performance to make it two wins out of two in the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit round of the British Touring Car Championship after soaking up race-long pressure.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Turkington on pole, Sutton struggles

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington led a BMW top-four lockout of qualifying for the second round of the 2022 season at Brands Hatch.

BTCC Donington: Hill recovers to dominate final race Donington Park
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BTCC Donington: Hill recovers to dominate final race

Jake Hill dominated the final race of the opening round of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park to complete his recovery from a disastrous start to the day.

BTCC Donington: Shedden pips Ingram to race two victory Donington Park
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BTCC Donington: Shedden pips Ingram to race two victory

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden pipped Tom Ingram to honours in the second race of the opening round of the 2022 season at Donington Park.

BTCC Donington: Ingram wins first race of new hybrid era Donington Park
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BTCC Donington: Ingram wins first race of new hybrid era

Tom Ingram took victory in the first race of the British Touring Car Championship’s new hybrid era at Donington Park with his Hyundai.

BTCC Donington: Hill takes first hybrid pole, Cammish escapes fire Donington Park
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BTCC Donington: Hill takes first hybrid pole, Cammish escapes fire

Jake Hill narrowly headed a BMW 1-2 in qualifying at Donington Park to make the perfect start to his maiden season in rear-wheel-drive machinery in the British Touring Car Championship.

The 5 BTCC plotlines to follow in 2022

The big talking point for the British Touring Car Championship during the build-up to this weekend’s Donington Park season opener has been the introduction of the new Cosworth hybrid system.

Goff splits with Team Hard on eve of the BTCC season

Five-time British Touring Car Championship race winner Jack Goff has split with Team Hard on the eve of the 2022 season, which starts this weekend at Donington Park.

BTCC reveals hybrid penalty figures to replace success ballast

The British Touring Car Championship has revealed the hybrid deployment limitations that have replaced success ballast for the 2022 season.

Sutton's Ford quickest in final BTCC pre-season test

Reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton led the way at Thruxton in the series’ final pre-season test before the 2022 campaign kicks off.

How fast is F1 compared to IndyCar, WEC, Super Formula and more

Right, time to settle some arguments. Where do the world’s and UK’s leading categories stack up on lap time? Here’s our take on it, using data from 2021

The hurdles that threatened young Verstappen's irrepressible rise Prime

The hurdles that threatened young Verstappen's irrepressible rise

Max Verstappen blazed a trail through karting and Formula 3, with ferocious support from his father Jos. But for all his obvious talent, which earned the future world champion a 2015 Formula 1 drive after just a single year in car racing, the ride to get him there wasn’t always an easy one.

Turkington and BMW top first test of hybrid BTCC era

Four-time champion Colin Turkington topped the first pre-season British Touring Car Championship test of the hybrid era at Donington Park with his BMW.

Plato tests BTC Honda as team retains Cook for 2022

Leading British Touring Car Championship contender Josh Cook is remaining at BTC Racing for 2022, and the team is also testing with two-time champion Jason Plato at Donington Park.

Jade Edwards remains with BTC Honda team for 2022

Second-generation British Touring Car Championship racer Jade Edwards will remain with BTC Racing for her second season in the series this year.

Parfitt switches to Infiniti for 2022 BTCC

Two-time British GT champion Rick Parfitt Jr has switched to Team Hard for his second season in the British Touring Car Championship.

Turkington, Jelley stay with WSR BMW squad for 2022

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington will continue to lead the West Surrey Racing-run official BMW squad for the 2022 season.

Chilton joins Excelr8 Hyundai for 2022 BTCC season

British Touring Car Championship veteran Tom Chilton has joined Excelr8 Motorsport for the 2022 season to race a Hyundai i30 N.

Shedden sticks with Team Dynamics BTCC squad for 2022

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden will remain with the Team Dynamics Honda squad for 2022, but the team is still seeking a third driver for the upcoming season.

Sutton makes surprise switch to Motorbase Ford

Three-time British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton has made a shock switch to the Motorbase Performance-run NAPA Racing Ford Focus squad for the 2022 season. 

Jackson remains with Motorbase for 2022 BTCC campaign

Two-time British Touring Car Championship race winner Ollie Jackson will remain with Motorbase Performance for a fourth successive season in 2022.