TOCA will continue to operate the British Touring Car Championship until at least the end of the 2026 season after signing a contract extension with Motorsport UK.
BARC (TOCA) Limited, operating as TOCA, has announced the extension of the contact between the two parties, confirming a stable operating relationship for the BTCC for the next seven years.
An agreement had previously been signed in 2017 for TOCA to organise and promote the BTCC for five years, with an option to extend for a further five years from 2022.
TOCA has opted to extend the agreement early on , “in order to provide for the organisation to enter into major obligations beyond 2021”.
“It’s important for the long-term stability of the BTCC for us to be able to confirm that we will continue to operate this great Championship until at least the end of 2026,” said BTCC Chief Executive Alan Gow.
“This enables us to now embark on firm planning and making those extended commitments – including the introduction of hybrid energy – that are vital to ensure the continued growth of this fantastic championship.”
David Richards CBE, Chairman of Motorsport UK, praised the efforts of TOCA in organising and promoting the UK’s top series.
“The British Touring Car Championship is one of the best-loved and most successful Championships in the world, let alone the UK, with packed grids, high profile manufacturer support, live television coverage and crowds of up to 40,000 attending every event,” said Richards.
“TOCA has done an exceptional job in organising and promoting the Championship, which continues to deliver exceptional, action-packed racing at circuits throughout the UK.
“Motorsport UK is delighted to be extending its agreement with them until at least 2026.”