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Gow on TCR: “It’s not a threat to the BTCC”

A new TCR series in the UK would be no threat to the BTCC, according to series director Alan Gow, but he wishes the championship luck.

The TCR bosses are currently in talks to bring category which has found success across the globe to the UK, but are yet to apply for a permit to race here.

Some are worried that, should the series come to the UK, it would occupy the same space as the BTCC, but Gow has insisted the new tin top formula won’t threaten the long established BTCC.

“Anyone can start a series in the UK. I can’t remember the amount of saloon car based series that have been started over the last 20 years,” Gow told Autosport.

“Of course it’s not a threat to the BTCC. It’s a much more standard production-based formula, to a much lower level and profile than the BTCC.”

TCR boss Marcello Lotti had previously said the series might be able to cooperate with the BTCC, but Gow ruled it out.

“Our support races are fully contracted for many years,” he said. “I imagine the will have to look somewhere like the British GT or suchlike to find a slot on a support race programme.

“I can’t remember the amount of saloon car-based series that have started over the last 20 years and which are no longer around… but of course I wish them luck.”

TCR currently runs as an international series as well as multiple national series across the globe.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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