BTCC adopts new qualifying procedure for 2021
Following the successful trial of the ‘Top Ten Showdown’ qualifying session at Snetterton during the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, the same format will be replicated at Donington Park, Snetterton and Silverstone next season. Replacing the usual 30-minute session at these events only, drivers will have a marginally reduced window of 25 minutes to record their lap times. Following a short five-minute break, the fastest ten competitors will then progress to a ten-minute pole position ‘Top Ten Showdown’ session to determine the top ten places on the grid.
It's one of a number of rule changes agreed by teams for 2021.
Additionally the maximum success ballast of 75 kilograms will be reintroduced, from the current 60 kilograms, given that cars now demonstrably carry success weight far more capably and competitively than before. It means the top ten cars across the line in each race will now carry ballast on a scale from 9 - 75kg.
Finally the option tyre will be reintroduced at four events next season: Oulton Park, Snetterton, Croft and Knockhill.