The 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will boast arguably one of the most competitive grids in recent years for 2017, with a capacity 32-car grid once again confirmed.
Following on from what turned out to be a sensational 2016 finale at Brands Hatch GP last October, the BTCC grid has seemingly gone from strength-to-strength over the winter - with the final entry list confirmed at the traditional Season Launch at Donington Park.
Honda/Team Dynamics, Subaru/Team BMR, MG/Triple Eight Racing, BMW/West Surrey Racing and Vauxhall/Power Maxed Racing will all duke it out for the prestigious Manufacturer/Constructors crown. The five works' outfits underline the series' consistent rise too with it being the highest entry for a number of years.
Five former champions are listed too with an accumulative 11 titles between themselves. Triple and defending champion Gordon Shedden is out to chase down history this year as he bids to tie Andy Rouse on a record-equalling four crowns. Fellow Honda team-mate Matt Neal will also look to do the same.
Double title winners Colin Turkington and Jason Plato will both be looking to join the aforementioned Shedden and Neal on three titles whilst 2013 winner Andrew Jordan is gunning for a second crown.
The competitive nature of the championship continues too with a total of 16 drivers of the grid having won a BTCC race at one point in their careers.
As always, the BTCC will travel the length and width of the UK visiting nine venues in total with ten weekends being staged over the course of the year, comprising of 30 races.
BTCC Series Director, Alan Gow, said: “We are delighted to have officially launched the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship here at Donington Park.
“We believe this season will set the bar even higher, with 16 race-winners highlighting the strength in depth throughout the field. Furthermore, attracting two new manufacturers to the grid demonstrates the ever-growing appeal of the BTCC both on and off track.
“As I noted last season, this truly is a golden era for the BTCC and again proves it is the only show in town in British motor sport. With so much quality amongst drivers and teams alike, unpredictability is very much the name of the game and that is what keeps the fans coming back for more – in increasingly greater numbers.
“With the unstinting support of our title sponsor and loyal broadcaster, tyre and technical partners, the BTCC is set to deliver in spades once again and judging by today’s attendance, the level of interest is sky-high and everybody is excited to see how things shake out in the opening round at Brands Hatch. It’s going to be an absolutely stellar season.”