This year's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will boast a full grid of 32 cars, including models from eleven different manufacturers, as the full line-up was unveiled at Donington Park this morning.
In addition to 29 drivers already announced, three more drivers were revealed today. Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher will partner Hunter Abbott at Power Maxed Racing, while a new team, BKR, joins the championship with former Clio Cup racer Mark Howard partnering Aron Smith.
The BTCC has announced that it is axing a change to the starting order for the second race of each weekend after just one season, in favour of reverting to the previous rules.
Since the championship adopted the three races per day format in 2004, the grid for the second race had been set based on the finishing positions of the first race, but at the start of this season a change was introduced which set the grid based on the fastest lap time of each car during the first race.
BTCC boss Alan Gow has said drivers, and those associated with them, will no longer be permitted to make the reverse grid draw to determine the starting order for the third race of each touring car weekend.
BTCC series boss Alan Gow says his choice of circuit layout was the reason for the lack of excitement at Oulton Park earlier this month.
Drivers had blamed new rules which penalise them for contact, and running wide for not giving them as many overtaking opportunities, but Gow discounted that, saying it was using the Shell layout of the Cheshire track rather than the more usual Island version..