Four drivers are already set to make the jump from junior categories to the British Touring Car Championship this season. Whilst a fantastic opportunity for those taking the step, the youngsters will join a competitive field, with many more senior drivers expecting more competition than ever this year.
Two drivers with experience in the BTCC shared their thoughts on the new comers and their advice for those rookies hoping to do well this season.
“It’s a great opportunity for them guys in touring cars,” Colin Turkington told Overtake Motorsport. “That’s where I was 10 or 15 years ago. I was taking the step into touring cars and it’s a great opportunity. The BTCC is the only show in town now.”
Most drivers making the move into the BTCC will have taken their experience in other series on the TOCA package, either racing in Ginettas like Luke Davenport or Clios like Ant-Whorton Eales.
“Those guys can come in and do a good job because they’ve had a good training ground in the lower formulas. It’s a really healthy, competitive grid this year. It seems to get a bit more competitive every year. It’s not going to be easy to win. It never is.”
This year, the grid will once again be at maximum capacity, with all 32 cars set to be on track at Brands Hatch, all with very different drivers behind the wheel. That prompted Rob Austin’s piece advice to those joining the grid this year.
“You’re going to have to get to know each driver, because you’re going to have to treat them all differently, give them different levels of space.”
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