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2020: The strangest season - in pictures

Sunday, December 27 2020

The 2020 motor racing season was unquestionably the strangest in recent memory. Much of the domestic motrosport calendar was compressed into the second half of the year, with club-level motorsport running right into December. 

Here we look back at some selected moments from the oddest of years through pictures.

The main imaged depicts Jonathan Holtzman in his Tyrrell P34 in the Masters Historic F1 races on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in August.

BEFORE THE STORM

The BMCRC Club Bike Championship event at Brands Hatch in March was the last to take place at the circuit before the pandemic brought everything to a halt in the UK with the first national lockdown. 

Club bike racers have traditionally been amongst the first to sample the Indy circuit each season and all being well BMCRC and Thundersport GB are both set for early season fixtures in 2021.
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THE CLUB LEVEL COMEBACK

As lockdown restrictions lifted, motorsport began a phased return in July with grassroots racing from early that month.

MSV's first venues to welcome back competitive action were Snetterton, and Cadwell Park (pictured) which kicked off its resumed season with a BARC Club Car Championship event.
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THE BTCC RETURNS

Following the sport's initial return at a club level in July, major national championships returning behind closed doors from August. 

The British Touring Car Championship was among the first of these on the opening two days of that month, as Dan Cammish, Colin Turkington and eventual champion Ashley Sutton won the season's first three races.
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OULTON'S AUGUST OPENER

Picturesque Oulton Park hosted the first round of the British GT Championship in early August too, as supercars descended upon Cheshire for two hour-long races.

Michael O'Brien and World's Fastest Gamer James Baldwin won the first of these in a Jenson Button-entered McLaren. This event returns to its traditional Easter slot for 2021.
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BSB HEADS EAST

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship got underway in August too and following the initial season opener at Donington Park, the series travelled to Snetterton where this photo was taken.

Christian Iddon became a BSB race-winner for the first time that weekend, sharing the spoils with teammate and 2020 champion Josh Brookes and Glenn Irwin on an intense triple-header weekend.
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ATTACK THE MOUNTAIN

Cadwell Park's headline BSB 'Party in the Park' was sadly sidelined for 2020 amist the ongoing situation, but that didn't stop the Lincolnshire Wolds venue from hosting plenty of great motorsport.

That included the high performance pursuit of ultimate lap times at Time Attack in the summer.
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OLD BUT GOLD

Stunning machinery from motor racing's past visited MSV's venues throughout the latter part of the summer, with Historic Sports Club highlights including the Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix and Cadwell Park Wolds Trophy.

This Can-Am McLaren raced at the Oulton Park Gold Cup, a three-day celebration of the sport's past and the Cheshire circuit's signature meeting.
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GIANTS ON TRACK

The British Truck Racing Championship's giants were restricted to a truncated season in 2020, but that did include a visit to Norfolk's Snetterton circuit. 

Racing trucks can accelerate as rapidly as a Porsche 911 despite weighing in at five tonnes. These behemoths are set to return to Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Snetterton next year.
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BROOKES ON THE DOUBLE

Australia's Josh Brookes was crowned as Bennetts British Superbike Champion for the second time, following his two wins on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on the final day of the season.

A scintillating opening race was won by Jason O'Halloran on the Saturday afternoon before Brookes wrapped the title up with a masterclass in Sunday's final two races.
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SUTTON CLINCHES THE CROWN

Ashley Sutton won his second BTCC title at Brands Hatch, after wresting the crown from four-time champion Colin Turkington on the final day of the season on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. 

Sutton won the penultimate race of the season, and made certain of it by outracing his main rival in the final race of the year too, behind the wheel of his reworked Infiniti Q50.
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RACING INTO DECEMBER

The race season carried right on into the winter months this year, with Donington Park's season ending with a 750 Motor Club event on 12-13 December. 

The club organised a range of races for saloon and sports cars on the national circuit to bring MSV's calendar for 2020 to a close.
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Photos: Az Edwards, Klaus Hartelben, Simon Arron, JEP, Double Red, Rich Sams, Richard Towler