Simon Belcher

Alfa Romeo name back in BTCC in 2018

Excitement in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is at fever-pitch today, Sunday, 27th August, with the official confirmation Handy Motorsport is bringing the legendary Alfa Romeo brand back to the UK’s biggest and best motor racing series.

Making huge waves in the BTCC paddock, today’s announcement during the eighth race meeting of the current season at Rockingham in Northamptonshire marks a major development for top team Handy as it joins forces with the Alfa Romeo Dealer Council to reunite the championship with one of the globe’s most popular automotive marques.

Holland returns to BTCC

Experienced Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship racer Robb Holland has this morning, Tuesday, 14th July, been confirmed as Simon Belcher's replacement at leading Independents Trophy team Handy Motorsport for the next three events on the 2015 calendar – Snetterton, Knockhill and Rockingham.

Away from the BTCC since the penultimate event of the 2014 campaign at Silverstone, where he raced with the Rotek Racing squad in an Audi S3, 47-year-old American driver Holland is set to make a welcome and very popular return to the grid for the start of the second half of the current campaign. Unsurprisingly, he is absolutely thrilled to be back in the UK's biggest motor racing series.

Clock ticking for Belcher

Handy Motorsport's Simon Belcher says the race is still on to try and ensure his place on the grid for the latest three rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park Island Circuit next weekend, 6th/7th June, as the rebuild of his damaged Toyota Avensis continues apace.

During qualifying for the previous race meeting at Thruxton three weeks ago, the Swindon driver was involved in a major accident early in the session when his car was hit by a rival who was exiting the pitlane – resulting in heavy contact with the barriers.

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Belcher confirms 2015 return

Simon Belcher will return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for a second season in 2015 after this morning, Friday, 14th November, confirming he will continue in the UK’s premier motor racing category with Handy Motorsport at the wheel of the team’s Toyota Avensis.

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Belcher: "Our entry is not for sale"

Handy Motorsport owner and driver Simon Belcher says his team's licence to race in the BTCC is not for sale, despite approaches from rivals over the last few months.

The Swindon-based racer says he fully intends to be back on the grid in 2015, and aims to consolidate his results this season.

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Thruxton announces safety improvements

Thruxton owners BARC have announced safety improvements to Church bend, the circuit's fastest corner, after three crashes there during this year's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting.

In separate incidents, Nick Foster, Ollie Jackson and Simon Belcher all left the circuit at Church bend.

Nick Foster was among those to crash at Thruxton this year

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

After a consultation lasting more than four months, and involving motorsport's governing body the MSA, as well as the Environment Agency and local planning department, the circuit has applied for planning permission to change the elevation of the run off area, remove shrubs, and replace the tyre barrier with Armco and belted tyres.