Series organisers TOCA has confirmed the 2017 British Touring Car Championship calendar relatively early with no headline changes to the campaign schedule.
With BTCC gearing up for round five of the ongoing championship at Croft this weekend, TOCA has confirmed an unchanged calendar for next season.
The ten-round 2017 campaign will start at its traditional curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch Indy before heading to the iconic BTCC tracks and returning to the Kent circuit for its finale in early October around the Grand Prix configuration.
The official BTCC season launch venue is yet to be confirmed, with TOCA favouring Donington Park in recent years, while ITV4 will continue to broadcast the full BTCC season live in 2017, with regular highlight programmes on the same channel and ITV's catch-up service.
“With the BTCC's enormous and ever-increasing popularity, this format has continually proven to be a real winner," Series Director Alan Gow said. "It provides our teams, partners, venues, huge TV audience and of course our hundreds of thousands of fans with a consistent and proven calendar that always delivers a great championship.”
Gow also explained the early announcement is to place BTCC firmly in the UK motor sports event calendar next year with an aim to cut the number of potential clashes.
“We have defined our 2017 calendar as early as possible with this unprecedented mid-June announcement to help other UK motor sport events in reducing the amount of clashes that can inevitably occur,” he said.
2017 BTCC Calendar:
Sat 1/Sun 2 April Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
Sat 15/Sun 16 April Donington Park, Leics
Sat 6/Sun 7 May Thruxton, Hampshire
Sat 20/Sun 21 May Oulton Park, Cheshire
Sat 10/Sun 11 June Croft, North Yorkshire
Sat 29/Sun 30 July Snetterton, Norfolk
Sat 12/Sun 13 August Knockhill, Fife
Sat 26/Sun 27 August Rockingham, Northants
Sat 16/Sun 17 September Silverstone, Northants
Sat 30 Sept/Sun 1 October Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent