The 2011 BTCC entry list was unveiled on Thursday, with 27 entries made representing ten manufacturers and thirteen models of car. Of those, four entries were lodged as official manufacturer-backed efforts and there were five full NGTC entries.
The list was also the biggest entry since the championship switched to it’s current 2.0 litre format in 1991. The previous best was that for the 1993 season.
There have been a number of late changes to several entries, the most significant being the move of Tom Onslow-Cole to the small AmD Milltek Racing team. Elsewhere Andy Neate has made the move from WSR to Team Aon, whilst Jeff Smith, who raced for Triple Eight at Knockhill last year, will now campaign a full season for Pirtek Racing alongside Andrew Jordan.
There are a host of new drivers to the championship. Liam Griffin (Airwaves Racing) graduates from the Porsche Carrera Cup GB where he drove for Motorbase last season. Tony Gilham is also making the move from the Porsche series, whilst Dave Newsham (Geoff Steel Racing) steps up from the Renault Clio Cup. Tony Hughes will be racing one of the new NGTC cars and he has previously competed in the Ginetta G50 Championship. Frank Wrathall Jnr, who has been eyeing a step up to the BTCC for some time, enters the series in another NGTC Avensis, having raced in the BTCC supporting Ginetta G50 series last year. Wrathall’s Avensis will differ from that of Hughes in that it will be powered by a Toyota NGTC engine, whereas Hughes has opted to use the TOCA powerplant.
Nick Foster joins WSR, having previously raced in the CSL Cup in a BMW last season. Daniel Welch has submitted an entry to race an NGTC Proton Gen-2 from the mid point in the season. Chris James in a Team ES Racing Chevrolet Lacetti is the last of the confirmed drivers so far, although both Rob Austin Racing and Team Aon have entries for an addition car with an as-yet unannounced driver.
The entry list in full:
|1.||Jason Plato||Silverline Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze|
|2.||Matt Neal||Honda Racing Team||Honda Civic|
|5.||Tom Chilton||Team Aon||Ford Focus ST|
|7.||Mat Jackson||Airwaves Racing||Ford Focus ST|
|8.||Rob Collard||WSR||BMW 320si|
|11.||Frank Wrathall||Dynojet||Toyota Avensis|
|12.||David Pinkney||Rob Austin Racing||Audi A4|
|13.||TBA||Rob Austin Racing||Audi A4|
|14.||James Nash||888 Racing with Collins Contractors||Vauxhall Vectra|
|17.||David Newsham||Geoff Steel Racing||BMW 320si|
|18.||Nick Foster||WSR||BMW 320si|
|20.||Alex MacDowall||Silverline Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze|
|22.||Tom Boardman||Special Tuning Racing||SEAT Leon|
|28.||John George||GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed||Chevrolet Cruze|
|29.||Paul O’Neill||GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed||Chevrolet Cruze|
|34.||Tony Gilham||888 Racing with Collins Contractors||Vauxhall Vectra|
|42.||Daniel Welch||Welch Automotive||Proton Gen-2|
|43.||Lea Wood||Central Group Racing||Honda Integra|
|44.||Andy Neate||Team Aon||Ford Focus ST|
|50.||Tony Hughes||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota Avensis|
|52.||Gordon Shedden||Honda Racing Team||Honda Civic|
|55.||Jeff Smith||Pirtek Racing||Vauxhall Vectra|
|66.||Liam Griffin||Airwaves Racing||Ford Focus ST|
|77.||Andrew Jordan||Pirtek Racing||Vauxhall Vectra|
|78.||Chris James||Team ES Racing.com||Chevrolet Lacetti|
|99.||Tom Onslow-Cole||AmD Milltek Racing.com||Volkswagen Golf|
|TBA.||TBA||Team Aon||Ford Focus ST|
|Lea Wood to enter from Oulton Park|
|Daniel Welch to enter from Snetterton|