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 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.”