The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has revealed an extended scoring system for 2012, where the top 15 finishers in each race will receive championship points.
Previously, only the top ten in both championships were awarded points, but the new system is designed to give more of the field something to aim for. The outright HIQ Teams Championship and Independent Teams Trophy will also be similarly altered, while the 15 highest-placed independent runners will also score in the Independents Trophy.
“Fundamentally, the new system doesn't really change that much as we've maintained the same spread of points between the top-ten placings as before," BTCC series director Alan Gow commented, "However, what this does is to give drivers outside of the top ten something extra to go for and is thus an extra reward for their efforts.”
From 2012, a win will be worth 20 points, with 17 and 15 on offer for the other podium finishers and the remaining positions scoring 15-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 respectively. There will also be an additional point for the driver who starts on pole position for the first race of each meeting, for the driver setting the fastest lap in each race, and for each driver to be classified as leading the race at the start-finish line.
Points in the Independent Class driver and team trophies will be awarded as per the overall championship, although bonus points are not scored, while points for teams are awarded to each team's highest-placed finisher only as per the overall points system. Again, bonus points are not scored.
In the HiQ BTCC Teams' Championship, points are awarded to each team's two highest-finishing cars in each race, provided each car is classified as a finisher in the official results. Points are awarded as per the outright drivers' championship, but bonus points are not scored.
Points towards the manufacturers/constructors championship are awarded to a maximum of two cars per registered manufacturer/constructor in each race, again provided each car is classified as a finisher in the official results. Each manufacturer/constructor must nominate their two cars prior to 5pm on qualifying day. Points are awarded as per the overall championship, again without bonuses.
The 2012 BTCC season, featuring ten rounds at top race circuits across the UK, will kick-off on the weekend of 31 March-1 April at Brands Hatch.