An extended race in which competitors will run without success ballast headlines the diamond jubilee celebrations

In celebration of its diamond anniversary, the British Touring Car Championship will hold a special extended 60-mile race at Snetterton in July.

Called the ‘Diamond Double’, the final race will increase from the normal 40-mile running distance with all competitors entering without the weight penalty of success ballast. Double championship points are also on offer.

The grid for the July 29 race on the three mile Snetterton 300 configuration will also be decided by a separate qualifying session with all cars running at their base weights. Normally the starting order for the final race is decided by partially-reversing the results of the previous race, drawn from a lottery.

BTCC announces 60th anniversary celebrations for Snetterton round

A new BTCC 60th anniversary logo has also been produced featuring a wreath and Guy Allen has been commissioned by the TOCA organisers to design artwork that includes a number of iconic stars and cars from the series’ history.

BTCC series director Alan Gow said: ‘While firmly focussing on the future we are also immensely proud of the BTCC’s illustrious 60-year history, which we will be celebrating throughout 2018. We are delighted to have confirmed the ‘Diamond Double’ race at Snetterton as part of these diamond jubilee celebrations, and look forward to a number of other 60th anniversary activities during the year.

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‘This is a truly phenomenal period for the BTCC. The continued and unrivalled support from Dunlop, ITV, IHG and our host of loyal partners remains the envy of comparable motor sport series’ around the world. Add to this our incredible fanbase, the media interest that you see here today and of course the unparalleled excitement provided on-track… the BTCC remains the greatest show in British motorsport.’

The Silverstone Classic and Goodwood Festival of Speed will also honour the history of the BTCC with races for Group A and Super Touring Cars plus Lotus Cortina-dominated races celebrating the British Saloon Car Championship era that preceded the BTCC from 1958 to 1987.