Teams from the British Touring Car Championship could race at the Macau Grand Prix meeting later this year.
Motorsport News reports that the event’s organisers have approached TOCA, the company that runs the BTCC, about running at the Far Eastern street circuit. Between 2005 and 2013, the Macau GP hosted the final round of the World Touring Car Championship, but that series has moved to a new venue in Qatar.
Alan Gow, the boss of TOCA, told Motorsport News: “The bosses at Macau have been in touch with TOCA. They are looking at various options, and the BTCC cars are one of those options. They asked me if teams would be interested so I got in touch with the teams and most of them said yes.”
If the BTCC teams raced at Macau, it would be a stand-alone event and not count towards the BTCC championship. The meeting usually takes place in the middle of November, about a month after the BTCC season finishes.
Mr Gow went went on to say that the teams had not had direct contact with the organisers, and that only a handful of cars could potentially make the journey. A lot would depend on funding and it is understood that the Macau officials have offered to cover freight and travel costs. The teams could potentially raise extra money by offering drives to racers who don’t normally compete in the BTCC.
The programme for the week-long Macau GP includes GT and bike racing, as well as the most prestigious Formula 3 race in the world. Adding the BTCC to such a high-profile event would give it a significant boost on the world stage, and help promote the series’ NGTC regulations, which have recently been adopted by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, for use by any national/regional touring car series.
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