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BTCC gears up for new rules in 2020

30 October 2019

The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) will implement some new rule changes to the series next year, following an end-of-season meeting between series organiser TOCA and teams.

The key changes will involve tyre choices, success ballast and qualifying.

Tyres

At Croft, drivers will have to follow the rules implemented at Snetterton last year and use all three Goodyear tyre compounds -hard, medium and soft – on race day.

Also, teams will no longer be required to specify their tyres before qualifying. Instead, they will be free to make their choice during the course of race day – providing the opportunity to modify their strategies.

Success ballast

Maximum success ballast will be increased to 60 kilograms, thereafter reducing in 6kg increments down to tenth place as follows:

1st: 60kg
2nd: 54kg
3rd: 48kg
4th: 42kg
5th: 36kg
6th: 30kg
7th: 24kg
8th: 18kg
9th: 12kg
10th: 6kg

Qualifying

A new qualifying format will be trialled at Snetterton. Replacing the usual 30-minute session, drivers will have a marginally reduced window of 25 minutes to record their lap times. The fastest ten competitors will then progress to a ten-minute pole position session to determine the top ten places on the grid.

Alan Gow, Chief Executive of TOCA, commented: “Clearly, the regulations for the BTCC work tremendously well. That’s self-evident from the fantastically close racing and championship battles, but we’re always looking at ways in which they can be improved, so whilst these are fairly minor tweaks, they will certainly add some interesting new elements to next season’s championship.”

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