The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will see a number of rule changes introduced in 2018 that include harsher driving penalties, the reverse grid draw and boost adjustments.
DRIVING STANDARDS PENALTIES
Following a fraught 2017 campaign that saw more than 25 drivers issued a penalty at some stage in the season, the severity of picking up a strike has increased for next year.
Fines will be harsher now with an additional championship fine added on top of any MSA fine. From next year, a ‘strike’ will now last for 12 months instead of a season, bringing it in line with the MSA’s 12 point penalty licence system.
The strike system is now as follows:-
- 3rd strike – back of the grid
- 4th strike – one race ban
- 5th strike – two race ban
- 6th strike – three race ban
- 7th strike – banned from the championship for the rest of that season
Any minor incident that is straightforward, involving two cars, that can be rectified as swapping their finishing positions post-race will not necessarily constitute a strike.
REVERSE GRID DRAW
The reverse grid draw for the third race of the weekend will now be between the finishing positions 6-12 instead of 6-10.
If needed, adjustments to boost levels will take place once per season – at around the mid-point in the campaign.
JACK SEARS TROPHY
The Jack Sears Trophy will undertake a new meaning with the coveted trophy now being battled out between eligible drivers that have never scored an outright podium position.
Any driver that scores a podium during the season will be therefore ineligible for the next year in the JST.
Teams will now be permitted to make a maximum of two permanent driver changes instead of the previous one.
TOCA PORTABLE MARSHAL LIGHTS SYSTEM
TOCA have invested in commissioning the production of 6 large portable trackside marshalling LED light panels (i.e. electronic flag signals). These will be taken to each event and utilised by marshals at those points at a circuit where TOCA considers the drivers and marshals would directly benefit from their use.
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