New B-TEC De­vel­op­ment Se­ries post­poned but will sched­ule track events over 2016

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The planned B-TEC De­vel­op­ment Se­ries, which is sched­uled to be a tour­ing car learn­ing cat­e­gory for older-spec ma­chines, has been post­poned.

The ini­tia­tive, which was de­signed to give as­pir­ing teams and driv­ers an in­tro­duc­tion to tin-top rac­ing, was re­vealed in Jan­uary. It was due to run at six 2016 club meet­ings and en­com­pass 12 rounds. It was go­ing to run for for­mer BTCC cars fit­ted with the old­er­spec­i­fi­ca­tion Gprm-built stan­dard­ised parts.

Over the course of 2016, se­ries bosses aim to have track ex­pe­ri­ence events to al­low po­ten­tial en­trants to sam­ple the se­ries and to out­line the plans to reignite the cat­e­gory in 2017.

The di­rec­tor of the B-TEC De­vel­op­ment Se­ries, Ian Har­ri­son, said: “Nat­u­rally we are dis­ap­pointed to have to post­pone like this, but that is all it is, a post­pone­ment. We want to en­sure that we have the strong­est pos­si­ble grid when we start, and at the mo­ment there are a lot of car­rots be­ing dan­gled in front of po­ten­tial en­trants from other cat­e­gories.

“Dur­ing 2016, we will be run­ning some on-track ex­pe­ri­ence events for en­trants to come along and drive the cars. Hope­fully this will con­firm to them that the De­vel­op­ment Se­ries is a cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion over an en­tire sea­son. We will be an­nounc­ing de­tails soon.”

The class was due to be run by the Bri­tish Au­to­mo­bile Rac­ing Club and in­cluded rounds at Brands Hatch, Don­ing­ton Park, Croft, Pem­brey, Rockingham and An­gle­sey.

BARC’S Ian Wat­son said: “We are ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed but be­lieve it is right to post­pone the start of what I am sure will be an in­ter­est­ing op­tion for both driv­ers and teams.”

Old-spec Bri­tish Tour­ing Cars will have to wait for se­ries

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