Knockhill Celebrates 20 Years Of BTCC
This year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship event at Knockhill is a special one as it heralds the Fife track’s 20th anniversary of hosting Britain’s premier tin-top racing series.
Next Sunday (26th August) sees the BTCC roll into Scotland’s National Motor Sport Centre and with it, the usual controversy, rivalry and flat out racing action. As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, the circuit will be joined by some of the best known Scottish BTCC drivers from the past two decades including names such as Reid, Cleland, Forrest and Clark during what will be a fabulous weekend of racing action at Knockhill.
The BTCC is the world’s most prestigious domestic saloon car race championship and such is the draw of the championship, drivers from all over the world, including leading ex Formula One drivers such as Nigel Mansell, Jonny Herbert and Derek Warwick, have graced the grids over the years and this year, with the special 20 year celebration, the biggest event this decade is planned at Knockhill.
Amongst the special Knockhill 20th anniversary BTCC celebrations next weekend are meeting Scottish legends including Cleland, Reid, Shedden, Forrest and more, a Scottish legends autograph session and track tour and a 20th anniversary souvenir programme.
One of the highlights will be a display of some iconic cars associated with BTCC over the years including John Cleland’s 1992 Vauxhall Cavalier, the late David Leslie’s Honda Accord Super Tourer, Anthony Reid’s Nissan Primera Super Tourer, Frank Biela’s Audi A4 Quattro, Paul Radisich’s 1993 World Touring Car Monza winning Ford Mondeo (the sister car to one crashed by Mansell at Donington) and Gordon Shedden’s NGT Honda Civic meaning the top four cars of the four most successful Scottish BTCC drivers of all time and all cars will be on display and all will be paraded (with exception of the Audi).
There will be the three, 24 lap BTCC races as well as a BTCC drivers autograph session with Jason Plato, Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal and all the other BTCC stars as well as Britain’s fastest one make championship, the Porsche Cup, featuring Scottish stars Glynn Geddie from Aberdeen and Fife’s Rory Butcher.
Two giant screens will relay all the action from BTCC qualifying and the four races on Saturday plus the 10 race programme on Sunday from 9.30am with the first BTCC race at 11.45am. Also on track will be Scottish Classic Sports and Saloons and the hyper-competitive Celtic Mini Cooper Cup with leading SMRC racers.
Additional attractions include lunchtime Drifting with a Team Scot Drift demonstration and after event display, face painting and children’s activity area, bouncy castles, karting all day for adults and kids, trade merchandise stands and a Knockhill experiences demo with special on the day offers.
There will be the opportunity to meet world cyclist Mark Beaumont who is making a guest appearance and will be undertaking a unique speed lap challenge as he attempts to do a three minute cycle lap around the 1.27-mile track.
Additional drivers attending include Micky Doyle, Hamish Irvine, Colin Blair, Gavin Pyper and Colin Gallie meaning a weekend not to be missed.
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