TOCA and BRDC announce new link

British Touring Car Championship organisers TOCA are to form a partnership with the BRDC to try and boost the new Super Production class B

TOCA and BRDC announce new link

The BRDC run the thriving National Saloon Championship on which the BTCC's class B will be based. While touring car grids have been steadily shrinking in recent years, interest in the cheaper NSC has boomed.

TOCA tried to entice NSC teams into the BTCC by creating class B, but most chose to focus on their own series, which will run as part of the BRDC Power Tour in 2000.

The new link between TOCA and the BRDC is designed to encourage teams to contest both series.

'We have been in close communication with the manufacturers and teams, many of whom have expressed a great desire to compete in both championships,' explained TOCA chief Alan Gow.

'The new relationship between TOCA and PowerTour will further strengthen both championships and everyone will benefit from this.'

'PowerTour's aim is to nurture and market motorsport for the good of the sport as a whole,' added PowerTour director Roger Etchell. 'This opportunity to co-operate with TOCA takes us a big step towards our goal.'

The actual implications of this deal have yet to be revealed. Speculation has suggested that TOCA's proposed new rules for 2001 could be abandoned in favour of a total switch to the NSC's Super Production regulations. It was also recently revealed that TOCA will be replaced as the BTCC organisers by the new British Motorsport Promoters partnership in 2002.

shares
comments
BTCC: Gow confident about 2000 prospects

Previous article

BTCC: Gow confident about 2000 prospects

Next article

Organisers revise 2000 calendar

Organisers revise 2000 calendar
Load comments
The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great Plus

The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great

Already established as a formidable force in the British Saloon Car Championship, the Triumph Dolomite became a legend in 1977 when Tony Dron's Broadspeed machine frequently embarrassed the mighty Capris

BTCC
May 18, 2021
Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Plus

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s plenty of talking points elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action

BTCC
May 7, 2021
The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best Plus

The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best

The Lancashire squad of Ciceley Motorsport has been a BTCC race winner for several years with Adam Morgan and Mercedes. But the switch to WSR-built BMWs and addition of Tom Chilton as a true barometer for Morgan should see the team step up into title contention

BTCC
May 6, 2021
How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC Plus

How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC

After topping the times at the end of British Touring Car Championship pre-season testing, it feels like Gordon Shedden has never been away. But after plenty of changes behind the scenes, the three-time champion is bedding himself in to pick up where he left off

BTCC
May 5, 2021
Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out' Plus

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out'

After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes

BTCC
May 4, 2021
How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait Plus

How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait

After seven years together, Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport have amicably split and gone down separate paths for the 2021 BTCC season. With engineer Spencer Aldridge joining him at the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai squad, Ingram is confident he can challenge for titles from the off

BTCC
Apr 30, 2021
How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary Plus

How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary

The Dolomite Sprint was a potent giantkilling weapon during the 1970s in the British Saloon Car Championship, now known as the BTCC. Tin-top legend Andy Rouse explains how it became such a force

BTCC
Apr 25, 2021
The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years Plus

The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years

It’s four decades since one of UK motorsport’s most successful teams made its debut at Silverstone in British Formula 3. Now it’s top dog in the BTCC, time to blow out some candles with boss Dick Bennetts

BTCC
Mar 12, 2021