BTCC introduces onboard signalling system from 2022

TOCA has introduced an onboard visual signalling system to be inside every car from the next season of the British Touring Car Championship.

The Race Control for the BTCC will be able to inform drivers through their in-car dashboards of the active circumstances taking place on the circuit.

Seen in the likes of Formula 1 and the FIA World Endurance Championship, drivers will be noted when, for example, a yellow flag zone or a red flag stoppage has been declared.

This also extends to calling safety car periods and other messages.

Alan Gow, BTCC Chief Executive, said: “This is a very significant safety enhancement for our BTCC drivers and indeed our trackside marshals, and one which I’m sure will also be adopted by our valued support championships.

“It’s vital to stress, however, that this important safety tool will supplement – not replace – the traditional flag system deployed by the marshals, which remains such an intrinsic part of the safety protocols.”

TSL Live Timing Solutions Ltd. has developed the race control software whilst being a provider for the timing and scoring systems.

At the British Touring Car Championship weekends, the various TOCA supporter championships make their presence in between the main event (up to 100 cars in total throughout).

It is expected they will follow suit with the system in efforts to enhance safety for the drivers.

This will join the outgoing reliance on the flags waved by the track marshals and the LED light boards situated around the circuits.

With the Hybrid era set to commence next year, the new in-car signalling system will aim to reduce the various accidents and pile-ups that have occurred so far within the TOCA championships.