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Key rules and regulations

KEY RULES AND REGULATIONS

A brief overview of some of the key rules and regulations, with full 2022 Sporting and Technical Regulations available as a download at the bottom of this page:

Technical Overview

All cars have been built to the same NGTC regulations. First introduced in 2011 for an initial five-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.

From the 2022 season, the new hybrid era has been launched, alongside the introduction of the new M-Sport TOCA engine.

For full details on the BTCC Hybrid era, click here.

The NGTC regulations 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.

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).

  • 29 permanent TBLs are available to teams
  • 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

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 of equal distance

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 lap in each race and for leading a lap during races.

Goodyear Tyres

Only the Goodyear medium tyre will be allocated for eight of the ten race weekends, whilst only the hard compound will be utilised at Thruxton (x2). 

Race grids

  • The grid for race one is decided during Saturday’s qualifying session (note different qualifying format for Snetterton)
  • 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 12th 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

HEM

The Hybrid Energy Management System (HEM) will replace the previous success-ballast system by limiting the amount of hybrid deployment time (in qualifying) and number of 15 second deployments (per race) available to successful drivers.

Dashboard display will show each driver the number of HEM seconds, or laps, they have remaining:

PositionQualifyingRace
 Hybrid Seconds/LapLaps without Hybrid
  Less than 17 lapsMore than 17 laps
101015
21.5913
33811
44.579
5667
67.555
7944
810.533
91222
1013.511
11+1500

Jack Sears Trophy

Eligible drivers will be those that have never scored an outright podium position. Any driver subsequently scoring an outright podium during the season, will be ineligible for the JST from the next season. Previous overall JST winners are ineligible.

Click here to download the full 2022 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.

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