Welcome to the “Week In British Touring Cars’, the weekly news roundup of all the biggest stories to happen in the BTCC this week. Published every Friday, the roundup is a great way to catch up on anything you may have missed, and ensure that you are up to date with the latest breaking stories from the British Touring Car Championship.
Round Six Kicks Off At Snetterton
Round six of the 2019 BTCC kicks off at Silverstone on Saturday as Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington resume battle at the top of the standings. Last season’s diamond double weekend at Snetterton was the scene of three brilliant races which saw Jack Goff, Ash Sutton and Matt Neal take victory, but with dry weather predicted for the action on Sunday the pressure will be on the chasing pack to close down and eat into the margin of the top two WSR BMWs.
Alternative Tyre Rules Come Into Play At Snetterton
The Snetterton weekend will see drivers having to choose between three instead of two tyre compounds throughout Sunday’s races. At every round apart from Thruxton, drivers have to run two different dry tyre compounds in Sunday’s three races, with an option tyre used once and a prime tyre used twice. However, at Snetterton, drivers will be required to use all three compounds of tyre meaning a different compound is used each race, and it won’t have to be declared in advance. The only requirement is that once the car leaves the pit lane for the grid, the tyre compound can’t be changed.
The mix of soft, medium and hard compounds on the grid all the same time provides a fascinating new element to the racing and is bound to shake-up the running order as the race develops. The recent two day Snetterton tyre test will have given teams important insight into the performance of the different compounds at the Norfolk circuit, Tom Chilton posted the fastest overall time of the test.