Top 10 most read touring car stories of 2023
As 2023 comes to and end, it’s time to have a look at the most read news during the past year on TouringCarTimes.
2023 is the 28th year of TouringCarTimes covering touring car racing across the globe, so join us in taking our traditional look at what made the headlines this year.
10 – Brink Motorsport unveils 2024 Tesla livery
Fist on the top ten list is an article from less than a month ago as Brink Motorsport pulled the covers off its Tesla Model 3 ahead of the 2024 STCC season.
The team will run three Model 3 race cars during the coming season, read the full article here.
9 – Team Dynamics to miss 2023 BTCC season
Number nine on our list was the sad news of Team Dynamics not being a part of the British Touring Car Championship grid for the first time since 2002.
The future of the team had been the subject of much discussion over the off-season, particularly following the announcement that Dan Rowbottom was to make the move to the Motorbase-run NAPA Racing squad for 2023 – resulting in Dynamics losing the backing he brought from Cataclean, read the full article here.
8 – Ollie Jackson calls time on BTCC programme
The eighth most read article of 2023 is the news of Ollie Jackson announcing that he would not be a part of the 2023 BTCC grid, instead joining the Porsche Carrera Cup grid.
The 38-year-old had been part of the Motorbase line-up since 2019 and enjoyed his best ever BTCC season with the team in 2020 – scoring race wins at both Silverstone and Snetterton en-route to twelfth in the championship standings. Read the full article here.
7 – TBL list for 2024 BTCC season delayed
Number seven on our list is a recent one, as the BTCC organisers confirmed that the TOCA BTCC Licence holders for the 2024 BTCC season was delayed, announcing an extension to the scheduled entry deadline amidst speculation over the future of Team HARD. Read the full article here.
6 – Strike one for Sutton at Silverstone
As we move to number six on the list, it’s the preview ahead of the penultimate BTCC round at Silverstone where Ash Sutton was in for a shot securing his record-equalling fourth title.
Sutton held a lead of 42 points going into the weekend ahead of defending champion Tom Ingram, read the full article here.
5 – Dan Cammish excluded from Snetterton finale
Number five on the list is a controversial one, as Dan Cammish was stripped of his podium finish in the final BTCC race of the weekend at Snetterton after his Ford Focus failed post-race checks.
Cammish had battled his way to second place behind Tom Ingram to complete a solid recovery from the incident in qualifying that had left him at the back of the grid for race one, and picked up solid points to maintain his title challenge – but it wasn’t to last. Read the full article here.
4 – BTC Racing rebrands ahead of 2023 campaign
The fourth most read article in 2023 was the one of BTC Racing’s rebrand to One Motorsport. The team announced a merger with the Motus One operation headed by former Team HARD driver Will Powell, read the full article here.
3 – Team HARD drops off BTCC entry as TBL holders confirmed
As we head into the top three, we have another article regarding the TBLs from the British Touring Car Championship. Team HARD’s expected disappearance from the BTCC entry list was confirmed when the list for the 2024 season was finally revealed, read the full article here.
2 – Will Powell ‘dismissed from all’ One Motorsport roles
There is controversy once again for number two on our list, as One Motorsport confirmed that Will Powell was ‘dismissed from the team in all roles’ and would not contest the remainder of the 2023 BTCC season.
Rumours in the lead-up to the summer break had suggested that Powell’s race seat could be at risk, but a short statement from the team revealed that the 38-year-old was no longer involved with the team in any capacity having been removed from his roles. Read the full article here.
1 – TCR UK racer Dan Kirby passes away
The most read story on TouringCarTimes in 2023 was about the sad passing of TCR UK race winner, and former British Touring Car Championship team owner, Dan Kirby, aged 37.
Kirby competed in TCR UK during the 2020 and 2021 seasons when the series was part of the Touring Car Trophy, scoring a maiden race win at Brands Hatch in his second year en-route to third in the championship standings behind Lewis Kent and Bruce Winfield.
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