BMW 3 Series BTCC cars on the track.

THE BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP.

8 MAY – 31 OCTOBER 2021

The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) is one of the most anticipated motor racing championships in the world, with races taking place in 2021 from May to October. Thirty action-packed races across nine events are hosted at some of the UK’s most renowned circuits, from Brands Hatch to Silverstone.

With the debut of a brand-new BMW 3 Series BTCC car in the 2019 season, which led to the Drivers' and Manufacturers' double crown, the 2020 season maintained team BMW’s winning ways with a record-equalling 5th consecutive BTCC Manufacturer’s Crown (7th overall), while also retaining the Team’s title.

With new eye-catching BMW 330i M Sport models with updated livery, the 2021 season is sure to be just as exciting.

Rear view of BMW 3 Series BTCC car. Rear view of BMW 3 Series BTCC car.

THE MASTER REMAINS.

The BMW 330i M Sport returned to racing in the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and continued a rich heritage of success. This seventh generation BMW 3 Series added another two trophies to the already impressive record, making it eight Drivers’ titles and five Manufacturers’ crowns between 1988 and 2020.

Front view of BMW 3 Series BTCC car. Front view of BMW 3 Series BTCC car.

1957-TODAY:
OVER 60 YEARS OF THE BTCC.

The BTCC has a proud heritage dating back to 1957. Ken Gregory, former manager of British Formula One racing driver Stirling Moss, felt that there was a gap for manufacturers to exhibit their new and increasingly popular ranges of passenger cars. Gregory suggested to the British Racing and Sports Car Club – of which he was secretary – that running a championship alongside the club's 500cc Formula 3 could boost the profile of saloon car racing.



The first race with scores counting towards the points table took place on Boxing Day 1957, with the very first BTCC coming to a conclusion in 1958.



The rules and regulations of BTCC have shifted and changed over the years, but providing current production cars with a platform to compete has always been the rationale behind the championship.

BMW 3 Series BTCC cars parked. BMW 3 Series BTCC cars parked.

WEST SURREY RACING:
TEAM BMW.

Beginning in the 1981 British Formula 3 Championship, West Surrey Racing (WSR) has grown to become a legendary UK-based motorsport team. It has contested the BTCC each year since 1996 and began a highly successful partnership with BMW in 2007.



WSR currently uses modified BMW 330i M Sport race cars. Driven by Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant and Stephen Jelley, together they form Team BMW. WSR has competed in 677 BTCC races to date, scored 96 race victories, achieved 307 podium finishes, sped to 121 fastest laps and won the Drivers’ Championship four times.

COLIN TURKINGTON.

Nationality: British
Car: BMW 330i M Sport
BTCC Drivers’ Champion: 2019, 2018, 2014, 2009
BTCC Debut: Oulton Park, 2002
BTCC Races: 449
BTCC Wins: 55
BTCC Podiums: 154
BTCC Fastest Laps: 60

Colin Turkington

TOM OLIPHANT.

Nationality: British
Car: BMW 330i M Sport
BTCC Debut: Brands Hatch, 2018
BTCC Races: 86
BTCC Wins: 1
BTCC Podiums: 4
BTCC Fastest Laps: 4

Tom Oliphant.

STEPHEN JELLEY.

Nationality: British
Car: BMW 330i M Sport
BTCC Debut: Brands Hatch, 2008
BTCC Races: 174
BTCC Wins: 3
BTCC Fastest Laps: 2

Stephen Jelley

Colin Turkington and Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, of West Surrey Racing celebrating.

2020 DOUBLE CROWN.

In an unusual BTCC seasons, which started in August and finished in mid-November, Team BMW clinched the Manufacturer’s Crown and Team Championship trophy. Graeme Grieve, CEO, BMW UK, said “For us as a brand, the Manufacturers’ is the big one, and to secure it for the fifth year in a row is a quite remarkable achievement".

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