With the British Touring Car Championship reaching the half-way point in the season, the teams head to Thruxton this weekend.
Here’s how to catch the action on TV and online.
When is the next BTCC race?
Sunday 29 August, Thruxton
Coverage starts at 11.10am on ITV4 and ITV.com/BTCC
Qualifying live online: 2.40pm Saturday 28 August
This weekend, coverage will be on ITV4 (and ITV4 HD) as usual.
The entire event will be broadcast from 11.10am until 6.30pm – including support races, so you can watch all day long from the comfort of your armchair.
If you want to watch in HD, you’ll need to have Sky or Virgin, as ITV 3 and 4 HD aren’t available on Freeview or Freesat, only the standard-definition versions.
Highlights of the Thruxton races will be broadcast on Tuesday 7 September at 00.10AM on ITV4.
Stream BTCC races online
You can also watch races live online at ITV.com/BTCC. If you miss the races live, it’s possible to watch replays on ITV’s website and highlights are shown on ITV4, which are then available on ITV Hub, usually the following Saturday.
BTCC is now also on MotorTrend as part of the new Wide World of Speed motorsports block, and you can watch starting at 4pm ET.
How to watch BTCC qualifying in 2021
Saturday 28 August from 2.40pm
The Saturday qualifying session isn’t broadcast on TV, so you’ll have to watch online. Head to ITV’s website and you can watch along with the timing information in a web browser on your PC, phone or tablet.
Qualifying takes place mid-afternoon on the Saturday before the Sunday races.
You can also see live timing on the official BTCC website.
BTCC calendar 2021
The championship will visit 8 different circuits, with two visits to Thruxton and the traditional two different circuit layouts at Brands Hatch – the season will end with Brands Hatch GP as usual.
Brands Hatch Indy
31 July – 1 August
Donington Park National
Brands Hatch GP
BTCC 2021 teams and drivers
There’s a full-capacity grid, with Jack Mitchell taking Glynn Geddie’s seat with Team Hard. Note that Matt Neal isn’t driving in 2021 and Dan Cammish has also left Team Dymanics – he made an appearance for the first round only, standing in for Michael Crees whose seat has now been taken by Senna Proctor. (Crees is now racing in the Porsche Supercup.)
Here’s the full rundown.
Halfords Team Dynamics Motorsport
Honda Civic Type R
Gordon Shedden, Daniel Rowbottom
BMW 3 Series
Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant, Stephen Jelley
Toyota Gazoo Racing UK
Rory Butcher, Sam Smelt
Laser Tools Racing
Ash Sutton, Aiden Moffat, Carl Boardley
Jack Goff, Aron Taylor-Smith, Jack Mitchell, Nicolas Hamilton
Power Maxed Racing
Jason Plato, Daniel Lloyd
Jake Hill, Ollie Jackson
Andy Neate, Sam Osbourne
Excelr8 Trade Price Cars
Hyundai i30 Fastback N
Jack Butel, Chris Smiley, Tom Ingram
BMW 3 Series
Adam Morgan, Tom Chilton
Honda Civic Type R
Jade Edwards, Josh Cook, Senna Proctor
If you want even more BTCC, then something new for 2021 is that interviews and the Tin Top Tuesday podcast will be available on Amazon Music and – by extension – Alexa. Previously, and continuing as normal, they’ll also be on the official BTCC website.
How to watch BTCC outside the UK with a VPN
If you’re not in the UK, you won’t be able to watch BTCC without a VPN. That’s because, since Brexit, not even the paid-for ITV Hub+ service is available outside the UK.
A VPN can make it appear that you’re located in the same country as the broadcaster when you connect to a server in the UK.
We recommend using NordVPN, Surfshark or CyberGhost. Last time we checked, all three successfully unblocked ITV, but also have 24/7 live chat support if you do encounter any issues.
Read our guide to the best VPN services for more information.
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