In preparation for the upcoming 2020 season TOCA, the governing body for the BTCC have announced a raft of rule changes and tweaks.
The biggest change for 2020 will be the change from long standing tyre partner Dunlop over to Goodyear for the 2020 season. There are further changes relating to the tyre regulations for next year, teams will be required to run all 3 tyre compounds at Snetterton like in this years edition, but this will be replicated at Croft for the 2020 season.
Additional changes include changes to the way tyres are nominated, with teams no longer having to nominate what tyres they will be using prior to qualifying for the course of the race weekend. Instead, teams can choose on race day, allowing teams to modify their race strategies on the fly.
Success ballast will also see a change for the 2020 season, with the maximum ballast being upped to 60kg for the 2020 season. The success ballast will be divided in 6kg increments down to 10th position, generating the opportunity for closer racing and more mixed up grid positions with a broader spread of ballast across the top 10. The success ballast is broken down as follows for the 2020 season:
There are also proposed changes to the qualifying format, the Snetterton round will see a new qualifying format being trialled with a shorter 25 minute qualifying session, followed by a top ten qualifying shootout for pole position, similar to the system that is utilised in DTM. the other rounds of the championship will deploy the BTCC’s standard 30 minute qualifying session, depending on how successful the new format is, there is a possibility of it being implemented for the 2021 season or possibly later rounds of the 2020 season.
Round 1 of the 2020 BTCC season will take place 28/29 March at Donington Park.