FIA letters on touring cars

I pass on without comment the following letter from FIA president Max Mosley to members of the Manufacturers¹ Commission, dated 13 July. It helps to explain some recent developments with touring car racing: We have been asked to outline the ...

I pass on without comment the following letter from FIA president Max Mosley to members of the Manufacturers¹ Commission, dated 13 July. It helps to explain some recent developments with touring car racing:

We have been asked to outline the FIA¹s position regarding Class I (ITC) and Class II (Super Touring).

Class I has always been a manufacturers¹ formula. It is intended for manufacturers who wish to demonstrate technology in a number of areas. It is not regulated with a view to containing research and development costs. It will be run as an international series with one race in each country concerned. It is intended for factory entrants.

Class II (Super Touring) is intended for national championships and for manufacturers who wish to maintain a constant and significant competition presence in a number of countries. It is for private, dealer or importer entries using cars supplied by a major manufacturer. The rules will be developed to discourage factory entries. The Super Touring World cup will be structured so as to discourage a manufacturer from concentrating on one country or one series. The rules are intended to contain costs.

The purpose and character of the two categories are quite different. They do not compete with one another. A manufacturer might well have cars in both. The reasons for participating might be completely different in each case.

The FIA is firmly of the view that Class II Super Touring will continue to grow and flourish in an ever-increasing number of countries. At the same time, there is a need for another major international series and Class I would appear to be suitable.

We hope the foregoing will help to clarify the situation.

Yours sincerely,

Max Mosley

-- Bernard Carpinter

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