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BTCC teams endorse lap time boost adjustment

Alan Gow: As with almost any regulation, particularly new ones, they are 'tweaked' based on experience gained – and that's exactly what we are doing here...

At a recent meeting of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship's teams and organisers, it was unanimously agreed that the BTCC should continue with the lap time-based turbo boost adjustments for competing cars in 2013, albeit with some tweaks to the process.

The three significant areas of refinement to the methodology are:

*The amount of change (i.e. increase/decrease) in the turbo boost pressure adjustment will be reduced from the current level;

*Boost adjustments will be applied to either individual drivers or teams - yet to be determined – but not per car type/chassis as in 2012;

*The frequency in which the adjustments are calculated is also to be finalised – currently it is a 'rolling two-event' average.

“As with almost any regulation, particularly new ones, they are 'tweaked' based on experience gained – and that's exactly what we are doing here,” explained BTCC series director Alan Gow. “As well, with S2000 cars now not having strict performance parity, the baseline boost levels on NGTC cars can increase and thus the profile of the calculation can alter.

“All the teams endorsed that the fundamental aspect of using the lap time analysis was the right way to go, but that we should refine those three areas in particular. In the coming weeks a working group, comprising a representative cross-section of the teams, will finalise those exact details.”

The baseline boost levels for each car/engine will again be calculated and set prior to 2013's opening round, aided also by the data which was collated during the 2012 season.



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keech998 - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 1:10 PM

Ok, so the teams have agreed to this, however it seems to me that the new rule will penalise the fastest drivers and help the slowest. Why not just allow the best drivers to win, instead of just making BTCC a 'show'? I'm sure it will create great racing, but it will be artificial. We don't want to go down the F1 route...........

Pinky - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 1:05 PM

Thats me done with the BTCC then. thought they were going to run the NGTC cars on full boost in 2013? i guess not so i wont be watching this joke of a championship with joke rules to try and slow the better drivers/cars. ill go watch club racing from now on. least then ill see some proper racing and see the best drivers of the day, not cars and drivers given manufactured results.



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