BTCC: new tyre rules for 98

News from the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship 4/12/97 BTCC announces new tyre regulations for 1998 Following positive discussions with both Michelin and Dunlop, TOCA Limited is delighted to announce that new tyre regulations have...

News from the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship 4/12/97

BTCC announces new tyre regulations for 1998

Following positive discussions with both Michelin and Dunlop, TOCA Limited is delighted to announce that new tyre regulations have been agreed for the eagerly anticipated 1998 Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship.

In next year's BTCC, all participating tyre companies will be limited to the provision of three specifications of slick racing tyres per event. The current quantity of six tyres per car for each race remains, however competitors are now restricted to selecting those six tyres from the trio of different specifications nominated in advance by individual tyre companies for each twin-race meeting.

All three of these specifications must be supplied in sufficient quantities to be readily available to all competitors - whether a factory supported or an independent team - registered to race with that particular company's products.

The introduction of this new policy is aimed at reducing the growing time and expenditure consumed by teams in costly pre-race tyre testing while also allowing independent entries to compete on more equal terms with their factory backed adversaries.

Alan Gow, Chief Executive of TOCA, is understandably pleased that this agreement has been reached. "Both Dunlop and Michelin, the two tyre manufacturers currently involved in the BTCC, have shown a very positive attitude to this change in our regulations and I firmly believe the revision will have a beneficial effect on the competing teams' budgets and the on-track entertainment enjoyed by spectators and television audiences alike."

In order to provide TOCA and the tyre companies contesting the 1998 Auto Trader BTCC more time to finalise the precise wording of this new regulation, the exact text will remain in abeyance until February.

TOCA & BARC join forces for 1998

TOCA Limited announces today (Thursday) that it has entered into a joint agreement with the British Automobile Racing Club for the organisation of 10 of the 13 TOCA/BTCC race meetings in 1998.

TOCA and the BARC will combine their resources, expertise and infrastructure to run the 1998 BTCC race meetings at Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton, Donington Park, Thruxton and Knockhill.

Alan Gow, Chief Executive of TOCA Ltd, said: "This initiative will help to ensure that the same high standards of operation are adopted at the majority of next year's BTCC race meetings, thereby giving the continuity and efficiencies that we require. The BTCC and its support races will greatly benefit by having the same key personnel and infrastructure at those race meetings where, in the past, we have had to work with differing elements."

He added: "The BTCC and the TOCA support package are at the very pinnacle of British motor sport and we have an obligation to all our competitors to ensure that our race meetings are conducted in a thoroughly professional manner. This can only reasonably be achieved through more fully utilising the resources of an organising club with the high standards of the BARC. The BARC clearly shares the same aims as ourselves, in wishing to raise the level of expertise that is available to TOCA and our competitors at each race meeting."

Dennis Carter, Chief Executive of the BARC, added: "We are delighted to accept this invitation by TOCA and to work hand-in-hand with them to ensure that the high levels of professionalism demanded by them are met. It's a superb reward for the hard work and effort that the BARC team have put into organising the BTCC race meetings that we have conducted in the past."

The two BTCC meetings at Silverstone, as well as the one at Croft circuit, will continue to utilise the organisational expertise of the BRDC.

-- Jonathan Gill, TOCA Media +44 (0)171 384 2121 www.btcc.co.uk/

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