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Packed schedule: Chris Smiley will tackle 12 BTCC races in the first five weeks

Packed schedule: Chris Smiley will tackle 12 BTCC races in the first five weeks

Packed schedule: Chris Smiley will tackle 12 BTCC races in the first five weeks

The waiting is almost over, and for Chris Smiley the delayed British Touring Car Championship represents a whole new ball game.

Not just a new team and new car but a new scenario of Covid monitors, face masks, sanitisers, restricted support crew and limited spectators in the stands. There is also the challenge of fitting almost a full programme of 27 races into half a season.

"It is going to be intense but I can't wait to get started," said the 27-year-old from Carrickfergus, who switches from BTC Racing to the Exceler8 team for the debut of their all-new Hyundai i30N Fastback alongside Senna Proctor as the BTCC season finally kicks off at Donington this weekend.