This weekend the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship continues with rounds 25 through 27 at Silverstone circuit. As the penultimate meeting of the season, this is the point at which all the stops are pulled out as the teams strive to capture as many of the 130 remaining points in the championship.
Arriving at Silverstone leading the independent drivers’ championship and fifth place in the overall championship, Tom Ingram of Speedworks Motorsport is already on a charge and stands a theoretical chance of an overall win. His double podium at this event last year (below) proves he has the pace and determination to at least repeat that performance.
Meanwhile, Rob Austin of Handy Motorsport (below) has a burning desire to rediscover his impressive early season form as the championship enters its final phase. Knowing that he had podium pace at Silverstone last year, Austin aims to end the season with his #11 Avensis on a high.
What else do we know about Silverstone circuit? Why not scroll down and get up-to-speed in advance of the action with our guide to the Northamptonshire venue.
2017 BTCC: Silverstone
Silverstone is one of the most famous racing circuits in the world, and the BTCC reinforces that reputation by using the shorter National Circuit layout to maximise the action. In addition, the longer straights and fewer corners of this course mean that overtaking opportunities are frequent, injecting further unpredictability into an already unpredictable series. All of which makes Silverstone a pivotal round in deciding the championship crown.
From the start-finish line it is a mad dash through all six gears to reach around 120mph. A shift down into fifth for Copse means very little speed is lost, although it takes most competitors almost all of the track to maintain this momentum. Sixth gear is snatched again before the left-right flick at Maggots provides an overtaking spot for brave opportunists. If not, then a last-second release from a good slipstream can position you on the vital inside line for the second gear corner at Becketts.
Holding this inside line will set you up nicely for Wellington Straight, assuming your car has the power and gearing to drag you into the lead at a speed of well over 130mph. The left-hander at Brooklands is in full view of the grandstand but it is best not to be distracted in this prime overtaking zone because doing so will lose your position into Luffield. This obtuse corner feels never ending, as the cars bounce on their rev limiters in second gear at speeds of around 80mph. Gobbling up lots of the kerb on the exit, the race is back on towards the sweeping right-hander of Woodcote and another lap of the circuit.
|VENUE||CORNERS||CIRCUIT LENGTH||LAP RECORD (QUALIFYING)||LAP RECORD
|Silverstone||6||1.64 miles||58.078s at 101.68mph||58.464s at 101.01mph|
2017 BTCC: Where can I watch the action?
If you are unable to attend the event in person, qualifying and all three races will be streamed live online with the race day action also screened live on ITV4.