The Motor Sports Association has re-appointed TOCA as organisers and promoters of the British Touring Car Championship in a five-year deal, fighting off a bid from Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision.

The agreement will begin on the 1st January 2017 and run until the end of the 2022 BTCC season which ensures TOCA will hold control of the series for the next eight years.

BTCC series director Alan Gow was thrilled by the confirmation and says he plans to continue to improve the series which he has been involved with for nearly a quarter of a century.

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"Naturally we are delighted with the decision and look forward to building on the BTCC's continued success into the next decade and beyond," Gow said. "TOCA is solely committed to maintaining and improving the BTCC's position as the best in British motor racing and one on the highest regarded championships in world motor sport.

"Since 2005 we have again built the championship back to its premier status and we are happy that our proven, professional and passionate organisation has been recognised by being awarded this new contract."

A late bid from MotorSport Vision acted as a main rival to TOCA for the promoting rights to BTCC but has been turned down in favour of sticking with the existing body.

Gow and TOCA Limited initially took control of the series in the early 1990s until the end of the 2000 season. Gow was requested to return midway through the 2003 season by the then-rights holders before BARC TOCA Limited was created and took over BTCC in 2005.