OFFICIAL BTCC MEDIA DAY LAUNCHES THE NEW SEASON AS TURKINGTON REVEALS HIS 2018 BMW CHALLENGER
Excitement was high at Donington Park on Tuesday morning as the BTCC class of 2018 took to the stage for the annual season launch. All thirty two drivers and cars were unveiled to the media before the gates opened to the public for the afternoon test session. Setting the scene for the gruelling 30 round season that lies ahead, the East Midlands circuit gave us a glimpse into what we should expect at Brands Hatch in less than two weeks time.
“It was fantastic to get the ball rolling on the 2018 season, and a great opportunity to ignite some excitement back in the BTCC fan base. The volume of people that turned up today is testament to the current health of the Championship.
Being runner-up was probably the most difficult position to finish last year, but the support I received off the back of that final weekend was unbelievable. It ignited the fire in my belly to come back stronger than ever.
Consistency within Team BMW has helped us hit the ground running over the past few weeks and everything has slotted straight back into place. We are also on year two with the B48 BMW engine and it’s our second year with the latest construction Dunlop tyre. I know I am with the best team on the grid and am in one of the best seats … I’m confident we will continue to be a force this year.
This time last year I stepped out in the iconic BMW colours. Back then it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand and I can assure you it has no less an impact today.
The pride, enthusiasm and responsibility that comes with the Team BMW badge is something so powerful. I aim to put that to good use.
The four hours on track were very productive and the testing was extremely useful in our preparation before returning in April. It was a great opportunity to try a few big changes with the BMW that we wouldn’t be comfortable to do on a normal race weekend. I’m continuing to focus on my performance and my car and although the results from the session are positive, I won’t be reading too much into it. ”
BTCC MEDIA DAY TEST RESULTS
BTCC 2018 CALENDAR
Sat 7 / Sun 8 April – Brands Hatch Indy
Sat 28 / Sun 29 April – Donington Park
Sat 19 / Sun 20 May – Thruxton
Sat 9 / Sun 10 June – Oulton Park
Sat 23 / Sun 24 June – Croft
Sat 28 / Sun 29 July – Snetterton
Sat 11 / Sun 12 August – Rockingham
Sat 25 / Sun 26 August – Knockhill
Sat 15 / Sun 16 September – Silverstone
Sat 29 / Sun 30 September – Brands Hatch GP
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