5 Things To Look Out For In The 2020 BTCC Season
For the majority of motorsport fans in the UK, March can't come quick enough. Why is this? The first round of the BTCC, that's why. When it comes to pure racing and excitement, nothing can be compared to the BTCC. The 2019 season was an absolute banger of a season, with a championship that went down to the wire, awesome wheel-to-wheel action and much more. With this in mind, I think it's time to look at some of the main headlines going into the 2020 season.
1: Andrew Jordan Stays With BMW:
As brilliant as Jordan's 2019 season was, there was always a metaphorical fog looming over him. This was because his main backer, Pirtek, was set to pull out of the BTCC. This meant that Jordan would be without a drive for 2020 if nothing changed. Thankfully, the Team BMW side of WSR extended their entry to 3 cars, and Andy got one of the highly competitive BMW 330is. Jordan's 2019 tilt at the championship went to the very last round at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, where 5 drivers could theoretically leave as championship. If Jordan carries this form through to 2020, which I think he will, Colin Turkington will have to spend the majority of the season looking over his shoulder.
2: Trade Price Bag Thompson
Thompson's Team HARD VW
Thompson may not have been setting the world alight in the 2019 season, but a series of consistent races meant he finished the season in 22nd place with 35 points, 12 points adrift of Jack Goff in his VW CC. For 2020, Bobby has moved to Trade Price Cars. Not only a new team for 2020, but also a new (...ish) car: the Audi S3. The S3 has shown good promise with fellow Trade Price driver, Jake Hill at the wheel, crossing the line in first place twice. However, one of those was taken away in the steward's office. How Thompson will perform in the Audi is yet to be seen, but it shouldn't be difficult to succeed Mark Blundell.
3: Jake Hill Switches To The Honda
Sticking with AmD. Their driver Jake Hill will be switching to the old shape Honda Civic from his current Audi S3. Hill experienced success in 2019 with the S3, getting a win at the Knockhill circuit in Scotland. Similarly, the Civic saw great results in 2019 despite being the old shape. Rory Butcher and Sam Tordoff drove the AmD Tuning Civics last year and picked up consistent results. How Hill will fare with the Civic is yet to be seen, but it's safe to say that he'll hit the ground running and deliver the good results the car promises.
4: Team HARD's "New" BMW
Team HARD has gone and bagged themselves an ex WSR BMW 1 series to use in the 2020 season courtesy of their driver Carl Boardley's wallet. Carl Boardley will be behind the wheel of this "new" car, and is hoping that the change to a rear wheel drive platform will bring more pace and consistency. Boardley contested 2 seasons in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, which is where he found his preference with rear wheel drive. Team HARD is happy to have a change of car for 2020, because they feel it will pave the way for them trying new cars for when they inevitably get rid of their slightly outdated VW CCs.
5: Laser Tools On The Up
This is currently the most exciting prospect heading into the 2020 BTCC season. At the start of the 2019 season, Laser Tools Racing were a one car outfit using the Mercedes A 45 AMG. Midway through the season a change was made to the Infiniti and ever since then, progress has been made on the performance of the car. Now for 2020 Ash Sutton has entered the team's second car. If the speed in the car is there, I don't see any reason why this could be one of the top teams in the BTCC. A dream team, if you will.