Rules revamp for 2003

The organisers of the British Touring Car Championship have unveiled a raft of regulation changes for this season, including the introduction of pit-stops for both of the races run at each event

Rules revamp for 2003

Race meetings will now feature a single 20-minute qualifying session, which will determine the grid for the first race of each meeting only. The starting order for race two will be determined by the finishing order of race one.

Both races at each meeting will now be of equal length, and BTC Touring class cars will have to make a mandatory pit-stop in each. This season, cars only had to stop in the longer second race at each meeting.

The rule that drivers can be docked points for engine changes has also been scrapped, although penalties for doing so will still apply to teams and manufacturers.

Series director Richard West said: "The amendments to the MSA BTCC regulations will ensure a more exciting season for both the fans and the drivers participating."

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