WTCC considers variable reverse grids

The World Touring Car Championship could introduce a BTCC-style variable reverse grid for the second race of each event next season, reports this week's Autosport

WTCC considers variable reverse grids

The series currently reverses the top eight finishers from the first race to decide the grid for race two, but this system encourages drivers to slow their pace and give away positions at the end of the first race in order to secure pole position for race two.

As in the British championship, the number of cars reversed would vary between six and ten.

The proposal was due to be discussed in Paris this week by the FIA's Touring Car Commission.

The WTCC has also announced a set of technical revisions to the regulations ahead of next year. A turbo-boost limit will be introduced and cars homologated before December 2006 will be given a 15kg weight break.

Although the latter is intended to help independent runners, it will also benefit BMW because the 320si is a pre-2007 car, while SEAT and Chevrolet will run the newer Leon TDi and Cruze respectively.

Jonathan Ashman, president of the FIA Touring Car Commission, told Autosport: "It's aimed at helping the independent teams. The old system didn't really help them, especially those who are using older cars.

"The downside of the balancing system was that our priority had to be the factory cars, but this should help the balance for the older cars."

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