How to Watch BTCC Races in 2021 on TV & Online

The British Touring Car Championship is the premier series for tin-top racing in the UK, and most races deliver more action than you get in F1 in an entire year.

This year is already shaping up to be another exciting one: Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato are back and Jade Edwards, driving for BTC Racing this year, is the first female driver to race in the series since 2007. Can Ash Sutton defend his crown this year?

When is the next BTCC race?

  • Sunday 13 June, Snetterton
  • Coverage starts at 10.50am on ITV4 and

It was a long wait for the BTCC season to begin in 2021 and another one between the opener at Thruxton at the start of May and the second event at Snetterton. 

The traditional first race on the Indy circuit at Brands isn’t until 27 June this year.

As usual, ITV4 will broadcast the entire event – including support races, so you can watch all day long.

If you want to watch in HD, you’ll need to have Sky or Virgin, as ITV4 HD isn’t available on Freeview or Freesat, only the standard-definition version.

You can’t watch races live online, but you canand highlights are shown on ITV4, which are then available on ITV Hub.

How to watch BTCC qualifying in 2021

  • Saturday 12 June from 2.30pm

The Saturday qualifying session isn’t broadcast on TV, so you’ll have to watch online. Head to and you can watch along with the timing information in a web browser on your PC, phone or tablet.

Qualifying typically takes place around 2.30pm on the Saturday before the Sunday races.

You can also seeon the official BTCC website.

BTCC calendar 2021

The championship will visit 8 different circuits, with two visits to Thruxton and the traditional two different circuit layouts at Brands Hatch – the season will end with Brands Hatch GP as usual.

Circuit

Date

Thruxton

8-9 May

Snetterton

12-13 June

Brands Hatch Indy

26-27 June

Oulton Park

31 July – 1 August

Knockhill

14-15 August

Thruxton

28-29 August

Croft

18-19 September

Silverstone National

25-26 September

Donington Park National

9-10 October

Brands Hatch GP

23-24 October

BTCC 2021 teams and drivers

There’s a full-capacity grid again this year, with Nic Hamilton taking the final 29th seat with Team Hard. Note that Matt Neal isn’t driving in 2021 and Dan Cammish has also left Team Dymanics – he made an appearance for the first round only, standing in for Michael Crees whose seat has now been taken by Senna Proctor. (Crees is now racing in the Porsche Supercup.)

Here’s the full rundown.

Team

Car

Drivers

Halfords Team Dynamics Motorsport

Honda Civic Type R

Gordon Shedden, Daniel Rowbottom

Team BMW

BMW 3 Series

Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant, Stephen Jelley

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK

Toyota Corolla

Rory Butcher, Sam Smelt

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti Q50

Ash Sutton, Aiden Moffat, Carl Boardley

Team HARD

Cupra Leon

Jack Goff, Aron Taylor-Smith, Glynn Geddie, Nicolas Hamilton

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall Astra

Jason Plato, Daniel Lloyd

MB Motorsport

Ford Focus

Jake Hill, Ollie Jackson

Motorbase Performance

Ford Focus

Andy Neate, Sam Osbourne

Excelr8 Trade Price Cars

Hyundai i30 Fastback N

Jack Butel, Chris Smiley, Tom Ingram

Ciceley Motorsport

BMW 3 Series

Adam Morgan, Tom Chilton

BTC Racing

Honda Civic Type R

Jade Edwards, Josh Cook, Senna Proctor

BTCC podcasts

If you want even more BTCC, then something new for 2021 is that interviews and the Tin Top Tuesday podcast will be available on Amazon Music and – by extension – Alexa. Previously, and continuing as normal, they’ll also be on the. 

How to watch BTCC outside the UK with a VPN

If you’re not in the UK, you won’t be able to watch BTCC without a VPN. That’s because, since Brexit, not even the paid-for ITV Hub+ service is available outside the UK.

A VPN can make it appear that you’re located in the same country as the broadcaster when you connect to a server in the UK.

We recommend using , or . Last time we checked, all three successfully unblocked ITV, but also have 24/7 live chat support if you do encounter any issues.

Read our guide to the  for more information.

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