The British Touring Car Championship has made a number of minor regulation changes for next year’s competition, following an end-of-season meeting between series organizer TOCA and the BTCC teams.
“Clearly, the regulations for the BTCC work tremendously well,” said Alan Gow, chief executive of TOCA. “But we’re always looking at ways in which they can be improved, so while these are fairly minor tweaks, they will certainly add some interesting new elements to next season’s championship.”
Following successful introduction, in 2020 drivers will use all three Goodyear tire compounds on race day at Snetterton. This will be replicated at Croft following the circuit’s resurfacing earlier this year.
BTCC has also altered the way in which tires are nominated – teams are now free to choose which race to use the ‘Option’ tire in during the course of race day, thus, allowing strategy modification.
Maximum success ballast will be increased to 60kg, thereafter reducing in 6kg increments down to 10th place.
The championship also plans to trial a new qualifying format at Snetterton. Replacing the usual 30-minute session, drivers will now have a 25-minute window to record their lap times. The 10 fastest competitors will then progress to a 10-minute pole position session to determine grid places.