The sporting regulations for the 2016 British Touring Car Championship are set to undergo one change with race two grids being set by the finishing order in race one rather than the fastest laps from the opening race.
In 2015 the BTCC tested out a system where the race two grid formations were set by the fastest lap times from race one, similar to what is used in the British Superbike championship.
However, after the annual post-season TOCA/BTCC teams' meeting the change has been implemented to revert the system to race one results producing the race two start grid. The teams generally felt the increased ballast levels and soft tyres have been producing the desire differing race results this season and the experimental system was no longer required.
BTCC series director Alan Gow says he highly approves of the single change and sees it as a huge positive that the existing sporting regulations are a hit with the teams and competitors.
“The fact that there are so few amendments to the BTCC sporting regulations for 2016 is testament to the regulations we already have in place,” Gow said.
TOCA has also advised teams that applications for TOCA BTCC Licences (TBL) will now only be considered if accompanied by full details of a new car, new driver and funding of the entry and it will have the power to reject or re-issue any licence if it does not carry the full information.
“As far as the TBLs are concerned, I'm not yet sure exactly how many additional licences will be available until next month, but I do know it will be very, very few and that they are highly sought-after,” Gow added.
All other 2015 sporting regulations are expected to be maintain for the 2016 BTCC championship.