British Touring Car Championship series bosses are set to revise the point scoring system for the 2012 season. The current system, which rewards the top ten drivers with points, will be replaced by a new system that awards points to the top 15 finishers in a race.
Currently drivers are awarded points down to 10th place, on the basis of 15-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 with a bonus point given for leading the race and securing the fastest lap. However the new system, which will give points down to 15th, is likely to mean that more points are awarded for winning.
The last time that series officials changed the points scoring system outright was for the 1996 season. Previously prior points had been awarded to the top ten finishers, but on the basis of 24-18-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1.
The BTCC has also in the past utilised the ‘drop score’ system, whereby several of each driver’s worst results during the season are discounted. However this practice was abandoned and has not been seen since the 2000 season as it often led to confusion in the title race.
Unlike the WTCC, the BTCC does not use the FIA points system which awards 25 points to the winner and goes down to tenth position. The exact points denominations to be given to driver’s during the 2012 season has yet to be announced.