Porsche Motorsport GB welcomes revised provisional BTCC calendar for 2020
Following the announcement of a revised provisional calendar for the 2020 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) from series organiser TOCA, Porsche Motorsport GB has begun the process of preparing a revised provisional 2020 calendar for both Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Porsche Sprint Challenge GB championships.
The fastest single marque GT racing championship in the UK, Porsche Carrera Cup GB, has occupied a high-profile position as part of Great Britain’s premier motorsport package since 2003 and, with the addition of Porsche Sprint Challenge GB for 2020, Porsche Motorsport GB will be present at all nine events proposed under the calendar with each screened live and exclusively on the ITV network.
Starting in August at Donington Park and finishing with a traditional season finalé at Brands Hatch in November, the proposed calendar remains provisional until the appropriate government directives and approvals regarding the resumption of sporting activities are received. Should sporting events be unable to resume at that time, the calendar will be amended accordingly and Porsche Motorsport GB will continue support further developments.
James MacNaughton, Motorsport Manager, Porsche Cars GB said: "Porsche Motorsport GB is really encouraged to see a revised 2020 calendar. High praise must go to everyone involved, specifically TOCA and broadcast partner ITV, who have worked tirelessly to make this possible. We look forward to finalising our own plans in due course, but anticipate that between our two championships Porsche Motorsport GB will have a presence at all of the proposed events.
“We have a lot of teams, drivers and sponsors who are keen to get their seasons underway, so it’s really helpful for everyone to have some provisional dates to aim for. It’s been a difficult period for the sport, but we’ll be working hard with our teams and organisers, including TOCA of course, to ensure the correct procedures and protocols are in place to provide a safe environment when the season gets underway. Until that time comes, our focus remains on providing what support we can, and encouraging everyone to stay safe and protect the health of others.”
Following the postponement of motor racing activities around the world, Porsche Motorsport has been involved with a packed Esports programme. Porsche racers past and present, along with factory drivers and sim experts, have been competing in championships such as the Formula E Race At Home Challenge. In parallel, Porsche has developed several official events such as the Porsche Community Legends challenge (open to all on the free-to-play RaceRoom platform) and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Virtual Edition (open to registered Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup teams and drivers plus VIP guests on the iRacing platform).
Porsche factory driver and Carrera Cup GB team owner Nick Tandy is taking on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Virtual Edition as a guest entry and stepped onto the virtual podium in round three at Silverstone, the circuit at which the 2015 Le Mans winner took his first Supercup victory in 2010. The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, for the top 40 qualifying drivers following a two-and-a-half month qualification process, starts its second season on 2 May 2020 at virtual Circuit Zandvoort and includes Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen as one of the qualifiers.