The British Touring Car Championship season is well under way now, and delivering all the action fans expect.

This weekend will see another three rounds contested at Oulton Park, with a full complement of drivers on the grid now that Jack Mitchell has joined Team HARD after Glynn Geddie announced he was leaving the BTCC after the previous three rounds at Brands Hatch. Mitchell is a newcomer to the series, but has plenty of experience in the support races such as the Mini Challenge and he won the 2014 Ginetta Junior Championship.

Although there's now no limit on the number of spectators allowed at the circuit, you can also watch from home. Here's how to catch the action.

When is the next BTCC race?

  • Sunday 1 August, Oulton Park
  • Coverage starts at 11.50am on ITV4 and ITV.com/BTCC
  • Qualifying live online: 3pm Saturday 31 July

TV coverage

This weekend, coverage will be on ITV4 (and ITV4 HD) as usual.

The entire event will be broadcast from 11.50am until 6.25pm – including support races, so you can watch all day long from the comfort of your armchair.

If you want to watch in HD, you’ll need to have Sky or Virgin, as ITV 3 and 4 HD aren’t available on Freeview or Freesat, only the standard-definition versions.

Stream BTCC races online

You can also watch races live online at ITV.com/BTCC. If you miss the races live, it's possible to watch replays on ITV’s website and highlights are shown on ITV4, which are then available on ITV Hub, usually the following Saturday.

BTCC is now also on MotorTrend as part of the new Wide World of Speed motorsports block, and you can watch starting at 4pm ET.

How to watch BTCC qualifying in 2021

  • Saturday 31 July from 3pm

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

Qualifying takes place mid-afternoon on the Saturday before the Sunday races.

You can also see live timing on 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, Jack Mitchell, 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 official BTCC website

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 NordVPN, Surfshark or CyberGhost. 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 best VPN services for more information.

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