Three races for each BTCC weekend

Each British Touring Car Championship round next season will comprise three races instead of the previous two

Three races for each BTCC weekend

The new three-race format means that on every race weekend there will be individual sprint races for BTC Production (BTCP) and BTC Touring (BTCT) cars, which will then join up for the main feature race later in the day. The feature race grid will be made up with the BTC Touring cars in qualifying order followed by the BTC Production cars in qualifying order, up to the maximum number of cars permitted by each individual circuit's licence.

BTCC boss Richard West said the move is intended to assure Production class runners of a solid future in the BTCC and indicated that it seems to have done the trick. The worry was that they would be pushed aside if the Touring class field takes off and multiplies as BMP hopes it will in 2001 and beyond.

"There's a lot of interest in BTC Production," he said, "and I think we will have a good number of cars."

Qualifying will be in two 30-minute sessions - one for BTCT and one for BTCP.

Peugeot's Mick Linford, who backed a two-car effort in last year's Production-class style National Saloon Championship before graduating to the top class of the BTCC next year, said: "This makes sense. There was a concern that the Production teams would get the short end of the stick."

The move was brokered by NSC team HTML's team boss John Heynes, who said: "This is a positive way of guaranteeing the future of the class and creating good racing."

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