Ahead of the opening round of the revised BTCC 2020 this weekend (1-2 August) at Donington Park, Garage Wire has heard from Aiden Moffat and Ashley Sutton as they prepare to start racing again.
The rescheduled 27-race championship starts at Donington Park and continues over the next three and a half months across the UK’s best circuit layouts.
The BTCC is the only major series to boast season-long free-to-air coverage on UK television, and around 20 million fans are expected to tune into ITV4’s live and exclusive coverage of every BTCC race during 2020.
“I’ve just realised that on Sunday it will be 282 days since we last raced in BTCC!
“You miss the familiar faces; you miss driving a British touring car which is something very special.
“The most frustrating part was not knowing what was happening and when we were going to get going again.
“As you can see, we’re out in the Infiniti again, but this is a brand new car, new shell, new chassis, and new cage.
“It’s a completely brand new car that’s been redesigned, a collaboration with the Laser Tools Racing team, BMR Engineering and input from our engineers at Hexathron Racing Systems also.
“Two cars, completely new, built for this season for myself and Ash.
“It will be very exciting to see what these new cars are capable of.
“BTCC is made by the fans, the fans are what makes it so special.
“I must say a massive thank-you for the enthusiasts that follow myself and Laser Tools Racing.
“BTCC is addictive.
“You’ve got that long build-up over winter and then starting from the Autosport show right up to media day, you’re just raring to go at that point.
“And then for it to come to a grinding halt is a kick in the teeth.
“But now we’ve reset, we’re going again.
“BTCC for me has always been a dream, you can’t beat that elbows-out style of racing.
“From a very young age I’ve always loved BTCC – followed it, watched it, to be a part of it, to have won a championship, is a great achievement.
“BTCC is home for me, to replace it would be very, very hard.
“The fans are a huge part of the family, it’s the adrenalin buzz, the support from the fans at the circuit and at home, it’s that whole package, combined with the action-packed racing – you can’t beat it.”
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