Teams agree to BTCC regulation changes for 2021

The British Touring Car Championship teams have agreed to the TOCA regulation changes implemented for the 2021 season.

TOCA, the organiser of the BTCC, has made a number of minor changes to the regulations that have been agreed by all of the teams at a meeting.

The 2021 season is set to kick off on April 3/4th at Brands Hatch.

Such tweaks include the adjusted qualifying format that will host two sessions, rather than a single 30-minute session for all drivers.

As trialed as Snetterton earlier this year, the second session will be a 10-minute shootout between the top-10 drivers.

It will look to encourage a fairer chance on drivers to set a clean flying lap without the issue of traffic to congest the circuit.

The 2020 season temporarily shelved the ‘Option’ tyre due to the additional workloads and reduced staffing that the hectic schedule provoked.

It will make a return at four of the 10 venues for the 2021 season; the soft variant will return at Oulton Park, Croft and Snetterton, whilst the medium variant will return at Knockhill.

Across these four race weekends, the ‘Option’ tyre must be used at least once during each of the three races.

The Goodyear medium tyre will be allocated for events at Brands Hatch (x2), Donington Park and Silverstone, and the hard compound will be employed at Thruxton (x2).

A maximum success ballast of 75kg will be reintroduced and will be implemented on the top-10 order as follows:

1st: 75kgs, 2nd: 66kgs, 3rd: 57kgs, 4th: 48kgs, 5th: 39kgs, 6th: 33kgs, 7th: 27kgs, 8th: 21kgs, 9th: 15kgs, 10th: 9kgs

Pit garages will also be reversed, as first introduced at the 2019 Silverstone weekend.

The front of the pit garages will face the paddock area, as opposed to the pitlane, as spectators will be able to see team members and their drivers conduct preparation work.

The BTCC insist that this will be implemented where “the space and layout of the paddock and pit-lane area is both viable and safe”.

The teams’ transporters will be parked further back from the pit garages which will allow fans to see the garage environments.