BrTCC opened for driver development tests
18/03 de 2016 - 15:10
Main idea is to bring new opportunities for drivers who had never competed in the series to have the first contact with the 300-horsepower cars
Fast cars, affordable costs, the enrolment within the major Brazilian motorsports event, with television coverage and great appeal among public and sponsors. The BrTCC, as known as Petrobras Brazilian Touring Car Championship, is now opened for drivers who had not ever competed in the series.
The idea is to bring more drivers to the championship, which last year had crowned former IndyCar ace Vitor Meira as the champion with the Honda Civic. Drivers interested will have the opportunity to feel the speed of the 300-horsepower, front-wheel drive and X-trac 6-speed sequential gearbox, an equipment that brings equality of conditions – last year there were eight different winners out of 16 races.
“The championship is very fierce, intense. It is very cool to drive those cars. Giving the opportunity to try the BrTCC car will bring a great experience for anyone aiming to compete in a championship with costs that correspond to reality”, said JLM-Honda 2015 champion Vitor Meira.
Manufacturers involved in the championship are Honda, Renault, Toyota, Chevrolet and Ford. The 2016 season starts in April 9th at the Velopark Circuit. There will be eight double-headers in seven different venues – São Paulo hosts two rounds, in September and the finale in December. The BrTCC races are the same event together with Brazilian V8 Stock Cars, the major Brazilian racing series.
The driver who is interested in testing have to make contact with one of the nine teams to schedule a session. Every session has a limit of 250 kilometers and two sets of Pirelli tyres, and they can be schedule anytime between March 1st and May 25th, and from July 1st to August 25th.
“It is very important to introduce the series do new drivers, and by this first contact may arise interest in competing in Brazil and see that it is a great option to follow their careers. It gives the driver confidence and safety to base his decision”, highlights Nonô Figueiredo, driver and owner of Chevrolet Onze Motorsports.