DEBUT RACE DATE SCHEDULED FOR BTCC HYBRID
The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship’s new-for-2022 hybrid system is planned to make its race debut at Silverstone next month (25/26 September).
As such, the outing will also mark the maiden event for the new 2022 customer TOCA engine – developed by M-Sport – which has been run in the hybrid car throughout its 2021 testing programme.
The TOCA Hybrid car will be driven by 2013 champion Andrew Jordan and will participate in both free practice sessions, qualifying and all three BTCC races.
Although scheduled to compete in all three races, the car will take each start from the pit-lane so as not to interfere with the championship contenders.
Jordan has driven the car throughout most of its performance testing, including last month’s Goodyear tyre test at Oulton Park, where the Toyota completed more laps than any other on the second day of running.
Alan Gow, BTCC Chief Executive, said: “Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the plan is to run at Silverstone in both free practices, qualifying and the three races.
“It will be invisible as far as championship points go, and wherever it qualifies it won’t be starting from there.
“Competing at our Silverstone event is part of its full development cycle; although the hybrid components and engine have done far in excess of a season’s worth of running, we want it to also go through a normal race weekend procedure. So whilst it won’t get involved in any real dicing with other cars, it’s important that our fans and partners have the opportunity of seeing the hybrid car in action ahead of 2022.”