There was a major change implemented to the tyre regulations of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for 2013. The championship has 10 events. Except for Thruxton, the drivers in the nine events in NGTC specification cars will have at their disposal, one set of a new ‘soft compound’ Dunlop tyre.
This tyre offers better performance than the standard compound tyre. These tyres have to be utilized in one of the event’s three races. Drivers have to indicate, before the qualifying session, which specific race they choose to use them in. But they can’t be used for the qualifying round. It’s only when the cars go to the grid that teams/drivers would know what race their rivals have selected for them to use the soft compound tyres.
There will be special marking on the tyres so that they could be easy to recognize for competitors as well as the spectators. According to BTCC Series Director Alan Gow, the softer compound tyres are included in every driver’s normal 16 per-meeting Dunlop tyre allocation so the amount of tyres used doesn’t increase. Before qualifying, the participants have to name in which race these will be used the next day.
By doing so, the tyres can’t be used just to make up for a poor qualifying or race performance. He added that this change will result to some intriguing race-day strategies since every team won’t know what their rivals are doing until they reach the grid. He shared that in the recent meeting, all the teams were supportive of the new regulation. He’s confident too that the spectators will love the twist.