ETCC cars gain weight advantage - 09/04/04
The ETCC-spec cars will be permitted to run 50 kg lighter than their BTCC-spec counterparts from this weekend’s season opener at Thruxton. Such a decision has been awaited since the announcement to admit the ETCC runners to this year’s championship, and comes after yesterday’s final pre-season test session, where the fastest ETCC model was the Seat Toledo of Jason Plato – 1.7 seconds off the best laptime of pacesetter Matt Neal.
The new minimum weight figures apply from Saturday’s first free practice session, but Alan Gow and his team have the option of adjusting the ballast rules up to five times over the course of the season, should these initial measures not prove successful.
BTCC Series Director Alan Gow said: “We have analysed the performance of the ETCC-spec cars, in comparison with their BTC-spec counterparts, at Donington Park, Albecete (Spain) and now Thruxton.
“This analysis also takes into account the level of performance of those particular cars/teams in relation to their probable position within an ETCC grid. All the teams endorsed, and are very satisfied with, our decision.”