ETC Cup planned for 2005

Plans for an FIA European Touring Car Cup, which will bring together the best cars from the various national Super 2000 series, have been given the green light

ETC Cup planned for 2005

KSO, the promoters of the new FIA World Touring Car Championship, will organise the event which was ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council last week, following a proposal put forward by the FIA Touring Car Commission.

The one-off end-of-season race would take a similar format to the three three Super Touring World Cup events that ran in the early 1990s and will be open to competitors of those national championships which adopt the FIA Super 2000 and Super Production technical regulations. Teams and drivers competing in the new FIA WTCC will not be eligible.

Championships based in the UK, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Baltic States will all be eligible. Two European championship titles, the FIA Drivers' European Super 2000 Cup and the FIA Drivers' European Super Production Cup, will be up for grabs.

"Because the FIA European Touring Car Championship will become a world championship in 2005, we wanted to do something in order to keep the European title alive," said KSO general manager Marcello Lotti. "We unveiled this plan in October, during a meeting with the different promoters of the national touring car championships, and they agreed to forward the proposal to the WMSC."

The Super 2000 cars are expected to compete in two 50km back-to-back races, while the Super Production cars will have a single 75km race, all of which will appear live on Eurosport.

A meeting with the promoters of the national series is planned for January to establish a date and venue for the event.

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