FIVE NEW CARS SET FOR 2022 BTCC SEASON
A total of five new cars are set to compete in the 2022 British Touring Car Championship season after the list of active chassis was updated for the new season.
West Surrey Racing, Motorbase and Team Dynamics will all run new build cars for the first year of the BTCC’s hybrid era, with the make-up of the grid as detailed below.
- BMW – West Surrey Racing & Ciceley Motorsport
Colin Turkington moves into a new chassis for this season, G20-023-06, with his previous race car (G20-023-01) now not being used.
Stephen Jelley continues at the wheel of G20-023-02, with Jake Hill stepping into G20-023-03, which is the car previously raced by Tom Oliphant.
Adam Morgan races in G20-023-04 for a second season, with George Gamble taking over at the wheel of G20-023-05 from Tom Chilton.
- Cupra – Team HARD
Series returnee Bobby Thompson will compete at the wheel of WPMS-NGTC-075, which is the car that Jack Goff took to a podium finish last season.
Goff therefore is currently slated to race in WPMS-NGTC-082, which was the car raced by Glynn Geddie and Jack Mitchell in 2021.
Nicolas Hamilton and Aron Taylor-Smith will continue in WPMS-NGTC-076 and WMPS-NGTC-077 respectively.
- Ford – Motorbase Performance
Defending champion Ash Sutton will be at the wheel of a new Ford Focus this season in chassis MBP-2020-012, with Dan Cammish also in a new car – MBP-2020-011.
Sam Osborne will continue in MBP-2020-008 for a third season, with Ollie Jackson taking over MBP-2020-010, which was the new car built for Jake Hill last year.
Jackson’s 2021 car (MBP-2020-007) and the car raced by Andy Neate (MBP-2020-009) are the two that will no longer appear.
- Honda – Team Dynamics & BTC Racing
Both NGTC-18-001 and NGTC-18-002 will not compete this season, with Team Dynamics introducing two new cars for the hybrid era.
Dan Rowbottom will be at the wheel of NGTC-18-006, with Gordon Shedden entrusted with NGTC-18-007.
At BTC Racing, Josh Cook and Jade Edwards continue in NGTC-18-004 and NGTC-18-005 respectively, with Jason Plato taking over NGTC-18-003 from Senna Proctor.
- Hyundai – EXCELR8 Motorsport
At EXCELR8 Motorsport, Jack Butel and Tom Ingram will be unchanged for the new season as they continue to run in WPMS-NGTC-070 and WPMS-NGTC-079 for a second year.
Tom Chilton will get into WPMS-NGTC-071, which was the car previously raced by Chris Smiley, with Dan Lloyd taking over WPMS-NGTC-080 from Rick Parfitt.
- Infiniti – Laser Tools Racing & Team HARD
With Aiden Moffat continuing in WPMS-NGTC-081 for a second year, Dexter Patterson gets to make his BTCC debut in WPMS-NGTC-069 – the car that has won the last two titles in the hands of Ash Sutton.
Rick Parfitt switches to rear wheel drive in WPMS-NGTC-068, as raced last year by Carl Boardley.
- Toyota – Speedworks Motorsport
Rory Butcher continues at the wheel of SWM-004 for a second season, with new team-mate Ricky Collard replacing Sam Smelt in SWM-002.
- Vauxhall – Power Maxed Racing
Series debutant Ash Hand will be at the wheel of PMR 17-01, which scored four podiums last year with Dan Lloyd.
Michael Crees returns to the grid in the 2021 Jason Plato car; PMR 17-03.