The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship plans to introduce a new award for the top performers in the older S2000-specification cars in 2013.
BTCC Series Director Alan Gow commented: “There has been sufficient interest from competitors who wish to compete with current S2000 cars to warrant an award for their efforts – we made a commitment over two years ago for those cars to continue in the championship, albeit not with performance parity against NGTC cars.
“Therefore we will award silverware to the top S2000 finisher in each race which will accumulate to an overall trophy at the end of the season. It means those teams, drivers and sponsors who are looking to eventually move up to NGTC machinery can still actively participate in the BTCC and benefit from its profile.
“It is important to stress this will not take the form of a separate points-based championship. However, we will announce the exact details and the name of the award in the near future.”