A History of Toyota in the BTCC

Following the news that Toyota is returning to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship as a works team in 2019, ITV Motorsport takes a look at the marque's history in the championship.

Win Percy racing the Toyota Celica in 1975

Toyotas has been on the BTCC grid since the mid-1970s. In 1975 Win Percy, driving a Toyota Celica, finished the season level on points with Andy Rouse, missing out on the title only by having fewer race wins: 10 compared to 12.

Mini winner Smith to make BTCC debut

Successful one-make ‘tin top’ racer Rob Smith will achieve his long-held ambition of becoming a Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship driver in 2019 after being confirmed as the first signing for new BTCC squad Excelr8 Motorsport.

Credit: Mark Campbell

Smith, from Telford in Shropshire, is no stranger to the Excelr8 ranks having competed with the squad for the past four years in the Mini Challenge as part of the official Mini UK VIP Customer Team, where the 26-year-old has been a consistent front runner.

Ginetta champ Crees graduates to BTCC for 2019

Michael Crees will realise a lifelong dream next season as he lines up on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid after signing a deal with leading squad Team HARD for his debut campaign in the biggest race series in the UK.

Less than three years since the Kent racer was standing on the banks as a fan watching the BTCC in action, Crees is now seizing the chance to take on some of the best touring car drivers and teams in the world in only his third season of motorsport competition.