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The longest-running television partnership in UK motorsport history has been extended by five years between TOCA and ITV.

The organiser of the British Touring Car Championship (TOCA) has extended their free-to-air television coverage on the ITV online and TV platforms.

The new contract is set to go underway from 2022 until 2026 as the ITV network will continue to broadcast all of the live BTCC weekend action, alongside the supporter-series’ races.

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “We are delighted to extend our contract with the British Touring Car Championship.

“Fans throughout the UK can watch free-to-air some of the best racing in European motorsport through to the end of the 2026 season and we look forward to developing the coverage even further with our friends at TOCA.”

The agreement itself is the most extensive of its kind in the history of the BTCC and UK motorsport, having initially partnered since 2002.

Fans can access at least 340 hours of coverage each season, with 180 hours of broadcast time across the ITV channels (live and highlights), plus another 160 hours of online streaming and highlights.

Alan Gow, Chief Executive of the BTCC, said: “I’m immensely proud of the great and close partnership that we have with ITV.

“Their commitment and enthusiasm to bring the BTCC to as wide an audience as possible is absolutely unrivalled.

“It was vital to me that the BTCC maintained its vast live free-to-air coverage.

“Simply, we want the maximum amount of people to be able to watch our great racing – it’s the bedrock of our enormous popularity.

“So hiding our championship away behind a paywall would only have the exact opposite effect.

“With the new hybrid regulations and our fantastic broadcasting coverage now locked into place right through to the end of 2026, it provides the solid foundation on which all our teams and partners can base, and build, their involvement.

“I’m not sure how many major motorsport championships in the world have an unbroken (and in fact increasing) free-to-air broadcasting relationship spanning a quarter of a century with the same broadcaster, but by my reckoning it’s probably only one…the iconic British Touring Car Championship.”

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