BTCC: Weight limits adjusted

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP BTCC WEIGHT LIMITS ADJUSTED WITH effect from Monday (May 20) minimum weight limits in the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship are to be revised. Four-wheel-drive cars will be...

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

BTCC WEIGHT LIMITS ADJUSTED WITH effect from Monday (May 20) minimum weight limits in the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship are to be revised. Four-wheel-drive cars will be required to carry an extra 30kg, it was announced today (Weds) by championship organizer TOCA Ltd. Announcing the decision, TOCA Chief Executive Alan Gow said: 'As with any major motor sport championship, the best car/driver combination is entitled to -- and should -- win. It is not the intention of TOCA to artificially create differing race winners, but merely to keep the performance differential between the competitors as narrow and as equitable as possible, thereby ensuring close and exciting racing while still allowing the natural order of success to be achieved by the competitors. The role of TOCA is to ensure that the best possible racing is produced, while not unduly penalising those entrants who have developed the most competitive equipment under the current FIA Super Touring technical regulations.'

The move has been made following Audi's four wins from the first six rounds of the 1996 championship, and as a result of receiving proposals and recommendations from members of the TOCA Technical Committee. There are no immediate weight revisions for front-drive or rear-wheel-drive cars, but TOCA has reserved the right to add additional weight to any type of car contesting the championship, at any time during the balance of the season. 'The ''stepped'' introduction of any additional weight is seen as the most responsible way of introducing it,' said Gow, 'based on the relative performances of the cars during the course of the season and after taking into consideration the impact on safety integrity. 'It is accepted that the performance and reliability of some front- wheel-drive cars so far this season may have tended to mask the true competitiveness of the front-drive format. However, it is also appreciated that those cars form the majority of the field and that the best interests of both the championship and those competitors will be served by the narrowing of the perceived performance differential, at least in the short term, through the introduction of this weight revision.'

NEW BTCC WEIGHTS IN DETAIL Four-wheel drive: From May 20, additional 30kg = 1070kg An additional 30kg may be added at any time before the end of the season if deemed necessary Rear-wheel drive: From May 20, no change = 1000kg An additional 25kg may be added at any time before the end of the season if deemed necessary Front-wheel drive: From May 20, no change = 975kg An additional 25kg may be added at any time before the end of the season if deemed necessary

-- Official BTCC website: Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing

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