Gow: UK TCR series won’t rival BTCC

@MNmotorsport

British Touring Car Championship series director Alan Gow says the introduction of a TCR Series into the United Kingdom would have no impact on the highest level of tin-top racing in the country.

The Australian, who is also the chairman of UK motorsport’s governing body, the Motor Sports Association, said that the level at which the TCR UK Series would operate at means that it would not be in competition with the BTCC.

He added that he wasn’t concerned about its introduction in 2018.

The TCR concept will be introduced into the UK for next season, running with the BRSCC for a six- or seven-round calendar of events. 

The formula has proved incredibly popular since it was first launched three years ago with numerous TCR national series being formed around Europe and many other championships all adopting the same set of regulations.

So far Audi, Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo, Ford, Opel, SEAT, Peugeot, Subaru, Kia, Honda and Hyundai have all built cars to fit with the regulations, and Motorsport News understands another five or six manufacturers are seriously evaluating creating a TCR car.

Regardless, Gow insisted a UK variant would not be a threat to the BTCC.

“It is not even on my radar to be perfectly frank,” Gow told Motorsport News. “Why should it be? It is nowhere near the same level as the BTCC. There could be a knock-on impact into championships that do run at level, such as things like the Mini Challenge or the Renault UK Clio Cup. But for the BTCC, it just isn’t a problem.”

Gow insists a TCR UK class wouldn’t threaten BTCC. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

Gow said the type of race meetings that the TCR Series would run on will also have an impact on how big the series becomes.

“It might work on something like the British GT package, if the other series there were happy with it joining,” said Gow. “Outside of that it would be interesting to see where it is placed.”

BRSCC competitions manager Dominic Ostrowski agreed that TCR UK’s target was not to go head-to-head with the UK’s most successful tin top championship.

“I don’t really see it as a rival to the BTCC – the budgets required means it’s a bit more affordable,” said Ostrowski. “It fills that gap between touring cars at the elite level in the UK and club-level saloon car championships so I think there is definitely room for it. It’s a good addition to our portfolio of championships.”

Recent news

Column

The flaw in the R5 formula

By Jack Benyon

Racing News

Collard withdraws from Brands BTCC finale

WSR BMW driver Rob Collard has withdrawn from the Brands Hatch British Touring Car Championship...

Racing News

Smith tops practice for Brands BTCC finale

Eurotech Racing driver Brett Smith was fastest across the final two British Touring Car Championship...

Racing News

Cammish out to win "final" UK Porsche races

Reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Dan Cammish admits his hopes of claiming a record-breaking...

Rallying News

Edwards calls for end to 'BRC bashing'

Matt Edwards has called on the rallying community to support the British Rally Championship,...

Column

What do we actually know about Rally Turkey?

By David Evans

Rallying News

Rally Poland begins work on WRC return

Rally Poland bosses have vowed to start work to improve safety on the event as they attempt...

Column

Why leading the BTCC isn't the best way to win it

By Matt James

Racing News

British F3 and F4 plan joint Winter Series in Algarve

The BRDC British Formula 3 and British Formula 4 championships could join forces and run a winter...

Racing News

Teams pushing for growth in British GT3

Leading British GT Championship teams have thrown their weight behind the GT3 category, with...

Column

Does simulator training actually help?

By Rob Ladbrook

Rallying News

Hyundai signs Mikkelsen for 2018-19

Andreas Mikkelsen has secured a two-year deal with Hyundai that keeps him at the team through...

Rallying News

Citroen’s WRC slump down to lack of confidence

Citroen’s new technical director Christophe Besse believes the team can get back to the front...

Rallying News

Tanak set to shun Toyota for M-Sport WRC stay

Ott Tanak is set to turn his back on a potential switch to Toyota Gazoo Racing for next year,...

Racing News

Brookspeed expands into 2018 LMP3 Cup

Seasoned GT racing squad Brookspeed is planning a two-car entry into next year’s LMP3 Cup...

Rallying News

Finn Huttunen wins Hyundai's WRC driver hunt

Hyundai has selected 23-year-old Finn Jari Huttunen for its World Rally Championship driver...

Rallying News

Loeb still has the speed to compete in WRC

Sebastien Loeb has told Motorsport News he’s satisfied he still has the pace to compete in...

Racing News

Burns to miss BTCC finale after shunt

Will Burns will miss the final round of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch...

Racing News

National Racing Stars of the Weekend: Sept 23/24

Our team of reporters pick their stand-out performers from last weekend's national race meetings Snetterton...

Racing News

Ahmed ends British F3 season with 13th win

The 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 champion Enaam Ahmed finished an almost flawless season in perfect...

Racing News

Aston wins, but Bentley takes British GT title

Rick Parfitt Jr and Seb Morris secured Bentley its maiden British GT Championship title in a...

Racing News

British F3 race two win for Cane after last-lap pass

Jordan Cane took a dramatic win in race two of the BRDC British Formula 3 championship at Donington...

Racing News

Hingeley holds off Ahmed for Donington British F3 win

Ben Hingeley withstood race-long pressure from BRDC British Formula 3 2017 champion Enaam Ahmed...

Racing News

Sowery to miss British F3 finale for Lamborghini Super Trofeo

Toby Sowery will miss this weekend's BRDC British F3 season finale at Donington Park and instead...

More national news, in-depth race reports and analysis. Subscribe to the Motorsport News paper today.

What’s On

X