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TOCA drives on as BTCC promoter

The British Automobile Racing Club (TOCA) has agreed a five-year extension to its role as the organiser and promoter of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) motor-racing series.

The new contract will take effect from January 1, 2017 and includes the option of a further five-year extension from 2022. The Motor Sports Association (MSA), governing body of UK motorsport, awarded the contract to TOCA after a full tender process which began in January. The Autosport.com website said the MotorSport Vision organisation also tendered for the contract.

Rob Jones, MSA chief executive, said: “The MSA British Touring Car Championship is one of the premier titles in UK motor sport and we went into considerable detail before making our decision, assessing all aspects of each of the tenders submitted, scrutinising the business plans in particular. As a result of this examination the selection panel decided unanimously that BARC (TOCA) Limited was best placed to ensure the on-going health and success of the BTCC.”

Alan Gow, BTCC series director, added: “TOCA is solely committed to maintaining and improving the BTCC’s position as the best in British motor racing and one of the highest regarded championships in world motor sport. Since 2005 we have again built the championship back to its premier status and we are happy that our proven, professional and passionate organisation has been recognised by being awarded this new contract.”