Knockhill first hosted a BTCC round in 1992
(Photo from: www.btcc.net)
After three fascinating races two weeks ago at Snetterton, the British Touring Car Championship heads north this weekend for its annual visit to Scotland and the Knockhill circuit, located 30 miles away from the Scottish capital Edinburgh in Fife county.
Surrounded by the Scottish countryside, Knockhill is one of the most picturesque venues on the calendar and thanks to its continuous undulations and blind apexes one of the trickiest as well.
The circuit was opened in 1974 and was created by joining service roads which were used for Lethans Colliery which closed in 1951. The first race took place on the 19th May 1975. During the early years the circuit was run multiple owners all helping develop the facilities and the attractions.
Over the years, the circuit has developed into what it is today, the Scottish home of Motorsport as well as a venue suitable for series’ such as the BTCC and other forms of motorsport such as bikes and club rounds.
Last season saw Jason Plato, Matt Neal and Mat Jackson take the chequered flag, with Knockhill being Plato’s only win of 2016. With the double champion still winless this season, will 2017 see Plato repeat this trick?
Leading up to this weekend’s three rounds, much has been said about the driving standards seen at Snetterton, with many drivers unhappy with the levels of contact being tolerated. In addition to this other drivers also felt aggrieved at penalties which were being handed out with some feeling that they were unfairly penalised in relation to other incidents throughout the three races.
In other news Rory Butcher has been confirmed as the third driver at Team Shredded Wheat with DUO, replacing the injured Luke Davenport for the remainder of the 2017 season. 30-year-old Butcher has competed for Motorbase in the past in the British GT championship and is no stranger to the TOCA package, as he raced in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB in 2013, finishing third overall with 5 wins and a further 19 podiums.
It was a rush against time for Motorbase as to whether they would be on the grid this weekend, however they were informed by TOCA that if they were not able to race at Knockhill they would be at risk of losing one of their TBLs. You can read the full story here: “Butcher Confirmed at Motorbase”
Qualifying for Race 1 is live on ITV’s website at 16:10 on Saturday 12th August, with all the BTCC and TOCA action live from Knockhill on ITV4 on Sunday 13th August. The times for the three BTCC races are as follows:
Race 1: 11:50
Race 2: 14:17
Race 3: 17:12