Scandinavian touring cars towards the future -- a new concept is ready More exciting cars, lower costs, performance parity, a stronger environmental profile and a championship across the Scandinavian borders -- Bob Huzell, CEO of STCC AB and...
Scandinavian touring cars towards the future -- a new concept is ready
More exciting cars, lower costs, performance parity, a stronger environmental profile and a championship across the Scandinavian borders -- Bob Huzell, CEO of STCC AB and Peter Elgaard from DTC Motorsport A/S vow to renew touring car racing in Scandinavia. From 2012 new technical regulations will be implemented and from 2011 and onwards, the Scandianvian Touring Car Championship will be run as an international championship.
"We have created a concept based on the needs expressed by teams, drivers and promoters in Sweden, Denmark and Norway," says Bob Huzell. "We will create new commercial conditions for running motorsport on a high level in the whole of Scandinavia."
The current regulations, Sport 2000, have been successful, but at the same time, the costs for the competitors have increased. Both the Swedish Touring Car Championship and the Danish Touringcar Championship have felt the pressure to lower the costs for the teams and the opportunity for finding a common solution arose.
"We quickly realised the benefits of finding a common solution," says Peter Elgaard from DTC Motorsport A/S. "While saving costs through the collaboration, we are expanding the geographical and commercial platform for everybody involved -- we have an extremely strong concept for the future."
At the end of the current season a new common organisation will be set up. The Danish Touringcar Championship and the Swedish Touring Car Championship will cease to exist as national championships, and the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship will materialize. Races will be held in the Nordic countries. From 2012 and onwards, the new technical regulations come into play.
"We are backing this initiative wholeheartedly. We will work for the success of this championship together with the ASNs and the promoters from the other countries that are part of NEZ, FIA's North European Zone," says Bo B. Nielsen, Sporting and development director of Dansk Automobil Sports Union, the Danish ASN.
Since the start of the Swedish Touring Car Championship, Svenska Bilsportsforbundet, the Swedish ASN, has sanctioned the series by giving it the status of a national championship. SBF will continue its support to the new Scandinavian Touring Car Championship.
"We will stand behind this effort to create the new Scandinavian Touring Car Championship," says Kaage Schildt, chairman of SBF. "A Scandinavian championship, together with the new technical regulations, will have a positive effect on both Swedish and Scandinavian motorsport as a whole."
STCC AB and DTC Motorsport A/S will present further information on the new regulations to the teams in the middle of August and the new concept will be presented in detail to teams and media at the final of the Scandinavian Touring Car Cup at Ring Knutstorp on September 17th-18th.