BMP completes takeover of TOCA

The management of the British Touring Car Championship is at last completely in the hands of British Motorsport Promoters (BMP), a conglomerate of British circuit owners.

BMP completes takeover of TOCA

BMP sealed a deal over the winter to take over the promotion of the BTCC from 2002 and in April reached an agreement in principle to take over TOCA, the firm which has run the series since 1992. Earlier this week that deal was at last concluded, as the i's were dotted and the t's crossed.

The future of the series hung in the balance for almost a year as details were finalised. Now with complete control, BMP can go ahead at full speed.

Much speculation has surrounded the future of the BTCC as BMP received bids from various bodies as to the format of the rules the series would run to. Competition has been between a Superstars formula from Brands Hatch owner Octagon and a rival Super Touring budget bid. BMP is expected to announce on Tuesday the rules that the BTCC will run to in 2001. Sources suggest that they are likely to be in the form of the low-cost Super Touring formula, similar to the current class B super production category but modified to allow more powerful engines, more robust suspension and a more dramatic look.

Rumours are rife in the TOCA Paddock that new manufacturers are already interested in returning to the new-look BTCC, including Rover, Alfa Romeo and Volkswagen.

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