Key rules and regulations
A brief overview of some of the key rules and regulations, with full 2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations available as a download at the bottom of this page:
All cars have been built to the same NGTC regulations. First introduced in 2011 for an initial 5 year period, these technical regulations are designed to dramatically reduce the design, build and running costs of the cars and engines. Only NGTC cars are now eligible to compete in the BTCC. TOCA extended these regulations for a further six years from 2016.
NGTC allows independent teams to compete on a level playing field against manufacturer-backed efforts by keeping costs down whilst at the same time rewarding precise engineering and all-important split-second strategy.
The foundation for NGTC is an emphasis on some common components – turbo, wastegate, intercoolers, ECU (engine control unit), instrumentation and dash, power management system, six-speed sequential gearbox, fuel tanks, differential, subframe, steering, brakes, clutch, wheels, dampers and suspension – which dramatically drives down costs for teams looking to compete in one of the world’s most attractive motor sport arenas.
2016 saw the introduction of a new Technical Partner for the common subframes, suspension and new hydraulic power steering whilst all other Technical Partners continued their association with the BTCC.
Teams have the option of running either TOCA’s unbranded NGTC-spec engine or, whether privateer or full manufacturer-backed entries, developing their own powerplant to the regulations, as long as it is from the same ‘family’ as their chosen model of car – all are 350+bhp 2-litre turbo-charged engines.
TOCA BTCC Licence
Entry to the BTCC requires a TOCA BTCC Licence (TBL).
- 30 permanent TBLs are available to teams, all of which have been allocated for the 2017 season
- The final two TBLs have been loaned out by TOCA for the season ahead, completing a full 32-car grid
- Teams may sell, gift, lease, assign or loan their TBL to other existing teams or eligible new entries on a season-long basis only, subject to the approval of TOCA as to the integrity of both recipient and transaction. The list of TBL holders for 2017 has now been published, however, and therefore is locked in for the duration of the year
Race Weekend Format
There are 10 events in the current season, with each event run across a weekend (Saturday and Sunday).
- On Saturday there are two Free Practice sessions of 40 minutes and one Qualifying session of 30 minutes
- On Sunday there are three BTCC races
The points system is 20-17-15-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 15 finishers. This method of scoring is also be applied to independent drivers’ and teams’ championship and the overall teams’ – see full regs for details.
Single bonus points are awarded for the fastest qualifier, fastest laps and leading laps during races.
All teams in the BTCC must use Dunlop SportMaxx dry tyres or the SportMaxx BluResponse tyre for wet conditions.
- The prime tyre is used in two of the three races per event. Teams must nominate which race they will use the option compound tyre in before qualifying on Saturday, but this information is not released until Sunday morning
- Teams may only use the option tyre in each of the three races three times during the course of the season – meaning they can only use it in race three at a maximum of three events, race two at three events etc.
- If the team chooses to use the option tyre in a race that turns out to be wet, they have to attempt to use the option tyre in the day’s next race. The option tyre allocation does not carry over across race meetings
- Option Tyre Choices by Circuit – Soft: Brands Hatch Indy, Oulton Park, Snetterton, Knockhill, Brands Hatch GP. Hard: Donington Park, Croft, Rockingham, Silverstone. For Thruxton: All drivers must use hard tyres for the duration of the event.
- The grid for race one is decided during Saturday’s qualifying session
- The grid for race two is based on the finishing order of race one
- The grid for race three is based on finishing positions, however there is also a reversed-grid element to the starting order. Numbers representing the cars that finished from sixth to tenth position in race two are put into a bowl, and one number is drawn at random. The corresponding car will start on pole, with the cars that finished ahead of it reversed i.e. if number six is chosen, the car that finished sixth in race two will start from pole ahead of the car that finished fifth, fourth, third etc. The remainder of the grid follows as per the finishing order of race two
Cars that are successful in the BTCC must carry ballast (additional weight) in their cars. Ballast is given to the top ten runners in the following allocations:
1st: 75kg, 2nd: 66kg 3rd: 57kg, 4th: 48kg, 5th: 39kg, 6th: 33kg, 7th: 27kg, 8th: 21kg, 9th: 15kg, 10th: 9kg
- Between events, ballast is allocated according to championship positions and is carried in qualifying and race one
- For races two and three, ballast is allocated according to the finishing positions in race one and two respectively
Click here to download the full 2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations
PLEASE NOTE: These regulations may be amended by TOCA during the course of the season with all teams and officials notified of any changes via official championship bulletins.