Motorsport UK and BARC (TOCA) Limited have announced a contract extension that will see them continue to operate the British Touring Car Championship until the end of 2026.
Due to the success of the championship, Motorsport UK decide to grant an early extension in order to maintain the series’ stability.
Motorsport UK previously agreed a five year deal with TOCA in 2017 with the option to extend it for a further five years from 2022.
The contract extension means TOCA will oversee the championship regulation changes that are to be introduced in 2022.
In August last year the BTCC announced that the series will introduce hybrid engines from the end of the 2021 season.
BTCC Chief Executive, Alan Gow said: “It’s important for the long-term stability of the BTCC for us to be able to confirm that we will continue to operate this great Championship until at least the end of 2026.”
“This enables us to now embark on firm planning and making those extended commitments – including the introduction of hybrid energy – that are vital to ensure the continued growth of this fantastic championship.”
The current incarnation of TOCA (BARC (TOCA) Ltd) was formed in 2003 after the previous company (TOCA Ltd) was sold by its owners, Octagon Motorsport.
TOCA Ltd was incorporated in 1990 and BTCC Chief Exceutive, Gow has overseen the series since 1991.
“TOCA has done an exceptional job in organising and promoting the Championship, which continues to deliver exceptional, action-packed racing at circuits throughout the UK.” commented the Chairman of Motorsport UK, Dave Richards CBE.
“Motorsport UK is delighted to be extending its agreement with them until at least 2026.”