The BTCC has a proud heritage dating back to 1957. Ken Gregory, former manager of British Formula One racing driver Stirling Moss, felt that there was a gap for manufacturers to exhibit their new and increasingly popular ranges of passenger cars. Gregory suggested to the British Racing and Sports Car Club – of which he was secretary – that running a championship alongside the club's 500cc Formula 3 could boost the profile of saloon car racing.
The first race with scores counting towards the points table took place on Boxing Day 1957, with the very first BTCC coming to a conclusion in 1958.
The rules and regulations of BTCC have shifted and changed over the years, but providing current production cars with a platform to compete has always been the rationale behind the championship.
The 2017 BTCC reached an outstanding conclusion, with BMW and WSR taking both the Manufacturers’-Constructors’ titles, along with Team BMW securing the BTCC Teams' title. Having last entered the BTCC officially in 1996, the finale marked the successful return of BMW as a manufacturer-supported team.