2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring car championship calendar announced

Brands Hatch (Photo by Marc Waller)

Brands Hatch (Photo by Marc Waller)Despite the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring car championship (BTCC) not yet reaching the halfway point, the Series organiser TOCA has already confirmed its calendar of events for the 2017 BTCC.

The calendar retains the same circuits and order as this season with ten events, a format which will be used for a sixth successive season.

“With the BTCC’s enormous and ever-increasing popularity, this format has continually proven to be a real winner,” said Series Director Alan Gow.

“It provides our teams, partners, venues, huge TV audience and of course our hundreds of thousands of fans with a consistent and proven calendar that always delivers a great championship”.

“We have defined our 2017 calendar as early as possible with this unprecedented mid-June announcement to help other UK motor sport events in reducing the amount of clashes that can inevitably occur”.

Britain’s biggest championship will visit each of the nation’s top circuits, starting the first weekend in April on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit layout. It’s then on to Donington Park, Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft which marks the halfway point. The traditional summer break takes up its usual slot in the weeks between the North Yorkshire event and Snetterton, before the series’ annual long distance trip up to Knockhill in Scotland. A midlands double header in Northamptonshire at Rockingham and Silverstone follows, ahead of the season finale back in Kent on the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit layout.

As in recent years, each of the scheduled weekends on the calendar comprise three races of equal distance, totalling thirty rounds over ten events. The location and date for the annual Season Launch event is yet to be confirmed and will be announced at some point in the coming months.

All of Britain’s major circuits are venues for the BTCC and its support series, providing an enviable geographical spread which ensures that hundreds of thousands of fans will be able to experience first-hand the UK’s biggest motor racing package over the course of 2017.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast every BTCC race-day live, free-to-air and in high definition in 2017, as well as streaming live via the ITV Sport website and the ITV Hub app. Regular highlights programmes will be screened on ITV4 following each event and are also available via their ITV Hub catch-up service.

Thruxton (Photo by Marc Waller) Oulton Park (Photo by Marc Waller) Donington (Photo by Marc Waller)




2017 BTCC Calendar:

Rounds Date Circuit, County
1,2,3 Sat 1/Sun 2 April Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
4,5,6 Sat 15/Sun 16 April Donington Park, Leics
7,8,9 Sat 6/Sun 7 May Thruxton, Hampshire
10,11,12 Sat 20/Sun 21 May Oulton Park, Cheshire
13,14,15 Sat 10/Sun 11 June Croft, North Yorkshire
16,17,18 Sat 29/Sun 30 July Snetterton, Norfolk
19,20,21 Sat 12/Sun 13 August Knockhill, Fife
22,23,24 Sat 26/Sun 27 August Rockingham, Northants
25,26,27 Sat 16/Sun 17 September Silverstone, Northants
28,29,30 Sat 30 Sept/Sun 1 October Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent By Marc Waller

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