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Each January motorsports kicks back into life at the annual Autosport Show held at the NEC in Birmingham where industry professionals, media and fans come together to witness teams and drivers showcase their new machinery. It is also often the location where teams reveal this season’s and driver announcements are confirmed and in the BTCC, 2017 is no different. Here is a brief look at what to expect at this year’s show next week.
Thursday morning will see Andrew Jordan unveil the livery of his 2017 Pirtek branded WSR BMW 125i M Sport. The 2013 Champion switches teams this season after winning the Independents crown with Motorbase last year and is hoping to mount a title challenge.
AmD Tuning, who will expand to two cars for 2017, will also unveil their livery on Thursday morning. Ollie Jackson will once again pilot one of the Audi S3’s. Rob Austin is also due to reveal his 2017 challenger at the show on the BTCC stand.
Other car unveils will also be held on the Rimstock and Simpson Exhausts stands respectively as Halfords Yuasa Racing and Simpson Racing will also reveal their liveries for 2017 on Thursday morning. It has been announced that Steel Seal will sponsor the reigning champions this season.
However it is not just liveries that will be being revealed at the show next week as Motorbase will be announcing who their second driver will be in the Shredded Wheat backed Ford Focuses. Mat Jackson has already been confirmed for another year and with the team expanding to three cars this year, it will be fascinating to see who will partner Jackson following Jordan’s switch to WSR.
Interviews will be taking place on the BTCC stand throughout the weekend and other teams will be present on their own stands so be sure to look out for some great sights and headlines in the coming days.