Budget BTCC hailed as the way forward

Rumours in this week's Autosport suggest a decision has been reached by BTCC championship promoter BMP on the format for next season and it seems the future is low-cost

Budget BTCC hailed as the way forward

Of the two options available to BMP, the low-cost option would appear to be carrying most support, rather than the more expensive Superstars formula conceived by Brands Hatch owner Octagon.

Reaction from the teams has thus far been positive. Honda Motorsport manager William de Braekeleer welcomed the regulations, but has not committed to them. "It's a good direction. At the moment I can't say if we'll participate - that's up to Honda UK," he said.

With four manufacturers having left the series over the last two seasons it is vital BMP get the regulations right in order to bring back those which have left and retain those still involved.

Ian Harrison, director of Triple Eight Engineering which runs the Vectra Squad, said: "The idea is to make it [the championship] more attractive to the manufacturers." He continued, "A high technical level doesn't sell the championship. Close racing sells the championship."

BMP must carefully consider the future of Britain's premier tin top category and quickly as teams need to start designing and planning next years cars.

For a full report, see this week's Autosport magazine.

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