For 60 years the British Touring Car Championship has provided some of the best tin-top racing on the planet. 2018 is the 60th anniversary year and promises to be as spectacular as ever. Known extras this year include extended reverse grid to potentially 12, and a double points "feature" race at Snetterton as part of the 30 race calendar. A capacity entry of 32 cars has already been confirmed by ToCA, and the driver reveals and news have been happening quite often recently. So where to begin? Jack Goff resigns for Eurotech, a combo that netted a race win and 4 poles last season. Fan favourite Dave Newsham retires, as the ever improving Chris Smiley returns to BTC Norlin who now have Honda's. Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt (Who?) drive the duo of Audi S3's in 2018. Michael Caine is back, with Team HARD. Autosport International at the NEC this week should see some more announcements and reveals. Dynamics, Simpson, WSR, Motorbase, HMS (with the new Alfa, first since 2001) are amongst the confirmed teams in attendance. Whilst my Silly Season Chart (of which this is V2, with updates on one I posted elsewhere in bold) i'll keep updated until Media Day at Donington is also below. DYNAMICS HONDA – Honda Civic – Neal/Shedden Pretty much all confirmed here. Rumours persist of a switch to the new Civic. Releasing Simpson is perhaps a sign. Neal has mentioned in a magazine interview it is the new Civic for 2018. BMR SUBARU – Subaru Levorg – Sutton/Plato???/Cole???/Price??? Sutton returns after a fantastic second season and takes #1. Arguably that title win has helped keep the BMR programme and Subaru funding… but who else would be driving? JP had his 3rd season and often does 3 year contracts... 888 MG – MG6 – Cook???/??? Looks like final season for the ancient MG6. Cook moving back into the team perhaps with future plans after his transfer back from Maximum Motorsport? Taylor-Smith has gone to British GT. WSR BMW UK – BMW 1 Series – Turkington/Rob Collard???/Ricky Collard???/Jordan Turkington pretty much guaranteed, Jordan probably staying if for the fact that he won’t have any more teams to drive for if he leaves. Rob’s son Ricky tested in the off-season. 4th car was under consideration I hear, but funding dictates staying at three. EUROTECH – Honda Civic – Brett Smith??/Goff???/Simpson Brett Smith maybe taking over his dad Jeff’s seat full time? Jeff won’t return this year as he recovers from Croft injuries. Goff likely to resign (and he has), Simpson brings his TBL over from Dynamics and his car - midfielders beware once more! CICELY – Mercedes A-Class? – Morgan Heard whispers Cicely changing car for a new manufacturer, but news has gone quiet. Otherwise, don’t expect any great changes. Team are doing Dubai 24 so won't be at Autosport Show. SPEEDWORKS – Toyota Avensis – Ingram Not expecting any changes here, just a stronger title push from “TIngram”. AMD – Audi S3 – Ollie Jackson/Smelt Ollie might return (and he has, which is actually a surprise to me with £££). No luck for AWE. Tordoff tested the Audi and Moffat visited the team but nothing came of it, with Sam Smelt (who?) in the second car. LASER – Mercedes A-Class? - Moffat? If LASER & Moffatt keep going (not exactly a big-budget outfit), potential equipment change? Moffat tested a Subaru before start of 2016 season, and who knows if Warren has any spares lying about. HMS – Alfa Giulia – Austin Rebranded squad of Simon Belcher bring Alfa back, and keep Austin after taking the teams maiden win at the last race of 2017. PMR – Vauxhall Astra – Proctor???/Rullo???/Tordoff???/??? JST winner Proctor surely has to be a favourite for a seat. Rullo tested after a less than stellar VASC campaign. Tordoff tested as well. The programme’s relative success, and Chilton leaving, could have freed up some £££ for a very big name… MOTORBASE – Ford Focus – Mat Jackson/Depper???/Butcher???/Chilton Will be back with Shredded Wheat sponsorship and a car that's almost as old fashioned. Chilton joins Jackson, Butcher was decent when he replaced injured Davenport, Depper less so… PARKER-MAXIMUM – Ford Focus – Lines/Jelley??? Maximum and Lines return after a torrid 2017. All gone quiet on Parker Racing front. HARD - VW Passat - Thompson/Hill/Bushell/Caine Major steps made in 2017, and that was just in designing a livery that didn't burn retina's. Hill returns, always quite impressive. Thompson comes over from VW Racing, Bushell finally gets back in BTCC after a Clio spell, and Caine blow's the bloody doors off the 4th car (well, they better not hope that happens). Brisky Racing help run the new 4th car (Bushell), and the engineering side has had some progress. Burns leaves for British GT. BTC-Norlin - Honda Civic - Smiley/??? Arguably the feel-good story of 2017. Newsham retires as do the veteran Chevrolet Cruzes. Smiley 's rewarded for his transformation from lapped traffic to consistent points scorer with a second season with the ex 2016 works Honda's. WELCH - ??? - Welch??? Aside from testing TCR, Dan's been very optimistic about getting on the grid. When you've got a 6 year old car, haven't got correct suspension kit or an engine, "Optimistic" is a good way to describe the car, not "Optimus". Unless you build a new car on a budget of 25p... or put that 25p into TCR UK. PRO MOTORSPORT - Infiniti - ??? Team looked ready for a 2017 return but didn't get a TBL. Gone quiet since then. They did have engines as well (albeit old-spec)... Michael Epps Out of Team HARD and maybe £££? TCR UK is around though and he did test there. Ant-Whorton-Eales Out of AMD after spending 2017 generally glued to VW bodywork. Deserves a seat.