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Scandinavian Touring Car Championship adopts TCR rules for 2017

The Sweden-based Scandinavian Touring Car Championship will become the first major tin-top series to switch to TCR regulations next year

Series organisers announced on Thursday the switch to TCR rules, which were introduced last year for the International Series and have since spread into numerous national and regional series, for 2017.

Although various existing touring car series have already adopted the class, the STCC is the highest profile to do so.

"We were looking for a set of regulations that could bring touring car competition back to its place as one of the premier motorsport series in Northern Europe," said Jonas Ludin, CEO of series promoter STCC AB.

"TCR is the perfect opportunity to build a long-term programme for the years to come."

The STCC, which was created by a merger of the Swedish and Danish series ahead of the 2011 series, currently uses Solution F silhouette machinery.

But grid numbers have dwindled recently, with only 10 cars in the field for each of the two rounds held so far this year, making adopting the cost-controlled and performance-balanced TCR rules set an obvious move.

"We are delighted to add this extra jewel to the TCR crown, and it is one of the brightest," said Marcello Lotti, the former World Touring Car Championship boss who created the TCR concept.

"The Scandinavian countries have always had a solid tradition of strong touring car championship.

"I am sure that a lot of fans fondly remember the Super Touring years in the 90s and, more recently, the seasons that featured the Super 2000 cars.

"We will be working together to build a series that is at least as successful as those were."

Since 2013, the STCC has run exclusively in Sweden, and that will continue to be the case in '17.

But Ludin is hopeful that it can expand to become a true regional series in the future.

"There is a lot of interest from the Danish, Norwegian and Finnish teams," said Ludin.

"As the promoter of Nordic RallyX, we have built excellent relationships with the national sporting authorities of our neighbouring countries, which will make it easy to expand."

As well as the International Series, there are already Asia, European and Benelux TCR series, plus national ones in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Thailand - along with class competitions in several other championships.

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