New BTCC rule changes introduced by TOCA for 2019

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Following consultation with British Touring Car Championship teams, TOCA today have announced minor amendments to the 2019 regulations which will come into force on the opening weekend of the 2019 season at Brands Hatch.

One of the biggest changes is the reduction of weight for success ballast. This is due to the closeness of the current regulation cars. Previously a race win meant 75kgs of ballast being added to the victors car for the next race or for the championship leader heading into a new race weekend. However, for 2019 this has been reduced to 54kgs.

The remaining ballast from second to tenth have also been reduced accordingly.

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From 2019, three reprimands for on track indiscretions will result in a strike. For incidents of a more serious matter, for example, if a driver causes an incident which means a did not finish for a rival and he is found wholly to blame. The driver at fault will be given an automatic strike with an additional penalty of at least twenty seconds added to their race time.

The strike tally-system remains the same. Three strikes meaning a demotion to the back of the grid and four strikes meaning a one race ban.

Another change to 2019 regulations sees harsher punishment for a driver who may have caused a red flag during qualifying. If that is the case, the fastest lap time up to that point for that driver will be deleted and they will not be able to take any further part in the session.

Option tyre compounds have also been confirmed for 2019.

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Thruxton will continue to just use the hard tyre for the whole weekend when conditions are dry.

Also, Snetterton drivers will have to use differing tyre compounds in each race. However, they do not have to nominate which ones they’ll be using like they have to do for other rounds on the calendar. The compound they select for a race at Snetterton cannot be changed on the grid.

Finally, Dunlop are set to introduce a new wet tyre for 2019 following many months of testing.




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