British Touring Car Championship

BTCC to celebrate 60th anniversary with one-off proper race

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    Keith Collantine

    The British Touring Car Championship will mark its 60th anniversary next year by holding a proper race – no success ballast, no reverse grids, and double the length.

    It’s a terrific idea. If only they’d hit on the concept of running an entire season of races like this…

    60 mile BTCC showpiece to take place at Snetterton in 2018

    A special ‘Diamond Double’ race has today (18 October) been announced as part of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s 60th anniversary diamond jubilee celebrations in 2018.

    The third race at Snetterton on Sunday 29 July will be an extended 60-mile contest, with all cars competing without any success ballast and with double championship points on offer.

    Furthermore, there will be a separate qualifying session on Saturday 28 July for this showpiece race, with all cars qualifying at their base weights.

    The 2018 season will still comprise of 30 races across ten weekends, with all other races following the regular format as per recent seasons.

    Snetterton – also well known for the BTCC Night Race in the 1990s and 2000s – has long been a staple of the summer calendar for race fans and this exciting addition is set to add yet further fever to the festival atmosphere.

    Alan Gow, BTCC Series Director, said: “We are delighted to confirm this special extended race as part of the BTCC’s diamond jubilee celebrations. As well, there will be a number of additional activities to celebrate our 60th anniversary throughout 2018 which will be revealed over the next few months.

    “We believe this 60-mile race, roughly double the distance of a normal BTCC encounter, will add a further sporting twist to what will be a fantastic and memorable season. I am sure our loyal teams, drivers, venues, officials, sponsors, partners, marshals and of course our fans will share in this excitement, making the Snetterton race weekend an unmissable event in 2018.”

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