2018 marks 60 years since the inaugural season
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After only four rounds of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship season, TOCA has announced the 2018 calendar in what will be the series’ 60th Anniversary.
For the last five years, the order has not changed however for next season the order has been altered slightly, with Rockingham switching with Knockhill, ensuring the Championship’s annual visit to Scotland is pushed back to the August bank holiday weekend rather than being in the middle of August as per recent tradition. It means that Rockingham will happen two weeks after Snetterton, which continues to be the sixth round of the season, and opens the second half of the year after the summer break.
The calendar has been able to be confirmed so early due to the consistency of the series over recent years. This is the earliest time in history that the calendar has been announced for the following season.
Once again there will be three races at each round, with the season launching at the Media Day at Donington Park on the 27th Mark, before heading to Brands Hatch Indy circuit on the 7th/8th April. The calendar then continues to Donington Park, Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft, before the traditional summer break followed by Snetterton in August. Rockingham and Knockhill follow with Silverstone hosting the penultimate round of the season before the championship returns to Brands Hatch and the Grand Prix circuit for series finale.
Once again all the action and support races will be live on TV, as well as highlights, with qualifying being streamed online.
As mentioned, 2018 will be the Championship’s 60th anniversary and in that time, the series has only gone from strength to strength. There have been many memorable moments over the years in what is the third oldest championship in the world, only behind NASCAR and Formula 1.
It’s humble roots of saloon cars similar to those being sold on the market being driven at fantastic speeds was a hit with crowds from its inception with large crowds all over Britain’s favourite circuits from the very beginning. With record crowds being recorded in the last few seasons, the series continues to capture the imagination today as fans from all over the world tune into watch Britain’s premier series.
The 2018 Calendar:
Rounds Date Circuit, County
1,2,3 Sat 7/Sun 8 April Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
4,5,6 Sat 28/Sun 29 April Donington Park, Leics
7,8,9 Sat 19/Sun 20 May Thruxton, Hampshire
10,11,12 Sat 9/Sun 10 June Oulton Park, Cheshire
13,14,15 Sat 23/Sun 24 June Croft, North Yorkshire
16,17,18 Sat 28/Sun 29 July Snetterton, Norfolk
19,20,21 Sat 11/Sun 12 August Rockingham, Northants
22,23,24 Sat 25/Sun 26 August Knockhill, Fife
25,26,27 Sat 15/Sun 16 September Silverstone, Northants
28,29,30 Sat 29/Sun 30 September Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent