John Iuga

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has today (18 March) confirmed a huge 31-car grid for the forthcoming 2014 season. Announced at its annual Season Launch at Donington Park, all BTCC machines will run to NGTC (Next Generation Touring Car) specifications for the very first time. Series Director Alan Gow stated “This year is the biggest single category grid in history; we will look back on this year in ten years time and call it the glory days”.

The slogan for 2014 is set; ‘The Manificent Seven’, seven champions are set to contest this year’s title and with a further 5 race winners in the field, competition is ripe. The variety of cars in the championship has also seen an influx; eleven different manufacturers now contest the championship in 14 different models, we are sure to see strengths utilized and weaknesses exploited.

Heading the field is Racetech Seat driver Andrew Jordan who took his maiden title during an unforgettable 2013 season. Jordan fended off four former champions last season and the 24-year-old will defend his title in the Pirtek Racing Honda Civic. He now looks to do it again,  and when asked “Are you confident of a repeat performance?” Jordan responded with a grin “what do you think?”

Confidence with undoubtedly be tested over the 30 race season, returning champions and new drivers alike the season is set, once again, to be packed with thrills and spills. Jordan will be comforted by the fact he is with family and friends in the Pirtek Racing Garage, he is also confident in his Racetech 119 series carbon kevlar seat. Knowing that he is safe at all times allows him to push harder than ever other driver on the grid, and certain to give him the advantage in the end...