BTCC 2015 set to shine with 32 car grid
BTCC News | Tue 24th March 2015The 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship looks set to impress after a capacity 32 car grid was unveiled at today's official media launch.
By Matt Lamprell
MG and Honda are joined by BMW in the Manufacturers/Constructors championship this year, while a total of 12 brands are represented on the grid.
Much of the line-up for the 2015 BTCC had already been confirmed ahead of todayís media unveiling, including the news that defending champion Colin Turkington will line up alongside long-time rival Jason Plato at Team BMR. Another two-champion line-up see Honda Yuasa Racing retain the services of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden. 2013 champion Andrew Jordan heads the MG 888 Racing team, while multiple WTCC champion Andy Priaulx joins West Surrey Racing under the Team IHG Rewards Club banner.
Another headline for the 2015 BTCC is the arrival of reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamiltonís brother, Nicolas. The 22 year-old competed in the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2011 and 2012 and will contest half the 2015 BTCC season in a Team AmDTuning.com Audi S3 as a guest driver. Hamilton suffers from cerebral palsy and will become the first disabled driver to compete in the BTCC.
29 cars are entered from the start of the season, with Motorbase Performance Ford Focus pair Mat Jackson and James Cole scheduled to join the championship from the fifth round.