Representatives of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) met the British media today in London for the Brands Hatch press conference, with President of the FIA Touring Car Commission Jonathan Ashman confirming the championship's plan to use biofuel next year.

The WTCC already holds several measures within its regulations to limit its environmental impact, such as catalytic converters which filter the cars' exhaust gases, unleaded fuel and noise control as well as allowances for alternative fuel sources such as diesel and bio-ethanol.

2009 will see the championship go to second-generation biofuel (2G), as Ashman explained: "So many products can be used as a source for both first and second-generation biofuel. Whereas first generation uses products that are primarily seen as kitchen consumables, 2G biofuel simply doesn't compete with it. Any produce used is what we consider to be waste, or non-food crops.

"From what I've seen so far, the aspects that fans love about touring car racing, the noise, the excitement and close racing, won't be affected. This is a purely an environmental change."

The WTCC's three British drivers were also present, triple World Champion Andy Priaulx, along with James Thompson and Robert Huff. Each commented on their expectations for the weekend's racing at their home track.

"We're hoping for good results especially after a difficult weekend at the last rounds in Estoril," said Honda's Thompson. "Local knowledge should help, and the track suits certain characteristics of our car so fingers crossed."

"The fans always make a difference," added Huff who drives for Chevrolet. "We have a lot of family coming, which is a great source of support. I've enjoyed some great results so far this year, the team has really brought consistency to my car and our results reflect that. I'm hoping for a fourth or fifth finish at the weekend so fingers crossed!"

"I think finishing in the points would make my weekend," concluded BMW's Priaulx. "SEAT's have been really strong this season so we are fighting to stay in the title chase. Home rounds are always special so I hope to enjoy myself and get some good finishes."

-credit: wtcc uk