Alternate BTCC

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In 2004, the British Touring Car Championship was taken over by an ambitious new group who immediately made plans for a return to feature length races, endurance events and for the first time, rounds overseas.

Champions

Season Champions
Drivers Champion Teams Champion Manufacturers Champion Independents Champion
2004

Rules

These rules will be in place from the 2005 season onwards.

Entries

Team Requirements

To get an entry at the start of the season, a team must fulfil the following requirements:

1) The team must have competed in the counterpart season of real life BTCC, or in the previous Alternate BTCC season.

2) The team must start the season without debt.

3) The team needs an F1 Rejects user as its manager. Every user may only control one team.

4) The team can either build its own chassis, pay another to build chassis for them or purchase used chassis. Works teams must build their own chassis.

5) Teams are required to purchase RECs (Racing Entitlement Contracts). Full time RECs cost £500,000 per entry. Part-time RECs cost £200,000 per entry and allows said entry into as many as six meetings. For those teams competing in the BTCD (British Touring Car Development) series, these RECs costs are £250,000 for the full season or £100,000 for part-time with a maximum of three meetings.

Driver Requirements

1) At the start of the season, every team submits a list of drivers they're interested in, along with the amount of money they're offering, and the duration of the offered contract. The drivers must fit the requirements listed above.

2) No fictional drivers are allowed in this series.

3) To take part in a race weekend, the driver must have been active in motorsport in real life, or in the previous alternate BTCC season.

4) If more than one team make a bid on a driver, then a RNG (random number generator) will determine which team the driver signs for.

5) Teams will need to also sign co-drivers for the endurance races.

6) Drivers who were injured either in an Alternate BTCC race or offtrack in real life (for example Paul O'Neill's diagnosis of diabetes ruled him out of the 2004 season and most of 2005) are not able to enter until they've recovered from their injuries

Season calendar

1) The season calendar is announced by the series organzier before the start of the season, and may consist of 15 meetings plus one non championship event at Silverstone. It is usually based on the real BTCC calendar with additional street course, international and endurance events.

2) 12 of the 15 race meetings will consist either of two 250 km races or two 100 km sprints followed by a 200 km feature. The remaining three make up an endurance season featuring driver changes and longer races.

Points system

1) The points system covers the top thirty finishers at each race, though the amount of points awarded varies with the race distance. Each meeting is designed to award a maximum of 200 points across the weekend with the exception of the 1000 km event which offers 300 to the winner. Only those that complete 90% of the scheduled race distance are eligible for points. No points are awarded for pole position or fastest lap. No dropped scores will be applied.

2) Two entries per team are eligible to score points for the teams championship. Teams with more than two entries

3) In case two drivers/teams have scored the same amount of points, the following tiebreakers are used:

- a) The best position of the driver/team.

- b) The amount of times this position was scored.

- c) The amount of times the driver/team took part in the race weekend.

Budget

1) All money from the previous season are carried over into the next year.

2) Prize money is awarded to teams at each race, £1000 will be given for every point scored.

3) A list of sponsors is published at the start of each season. Sponsors are sorted into three tiers: Tier 1 sponsors will use 50% of the space available on the car, Tier 2 sponsors will use 20% and Tier 3 sponsors will use 10%. Each team may express interest in a maximum of 5 Tier 1 sponsors, 8 Tier 2 sponsors and 12 Tier 3 sponsors. If more than one team is interested in a sponsor, a RNG will be used to determine which team recieves the sponsorship.

4) Teams are allowed to go into debt. However, if they fail to regain the money owed by the end of the season, they will be declared bankrupt and kicked out of the series.

Chassis Upgrading

1) The quality of new build chassis will depend on which tier the team selects with higher tier being more expensive. Teams must use the same tier for all of the new chassis they build in a given season. An RNG will decide exactly how good the chassis is. New chassis can also be built during the season but will take a month in game time to complete after the request. Teams may wish to build spare chassis in case one of the regular chassis is out of action long term. A list of eligible models will be posted on the series thread before each season.

2) Teams competing in the BTCD (British Touring Car Development) series are prohibited from building their own chassis and must pruchase them from the BTCC, ETCC or STCC. A list of available cars will be posted and updated on the season thread.

3) Teams have the oppertunity to upgrade their chassis between each meeting. Upgrading is possible in four categories:

-Chassis: Increases the grip of your car, resulting in better cornering speed.

-Aero: Increases the straight-line speed of your car.

-Engine: Increases the power of your car.

-Reliability: Makes your car less likely to explode.

Teams must state how much they want to spend per car on each upgrade, the minimum price is £100,000 per car. An RNG will determine whether the upgrade was successful. To encourage teams not to favour certain drivers, the chances of success increases if more cars are involved in the upgrade and shown below.

-1 Car: 50% success rate.

-2 Cars: 70% success rate.

-3 Cars or more: 90% success rate.

Teams are limited to spending £1,000,000 on upgrades at a time.

4) If a chassis or engine is damaged during a race, the team will need to either repair or replace them. Unless said team owner requests over wise, the required money for repairs will automatically be taken out of the budget. The exact cost of repairs is decided by an RNG depending on the severity of the damage.

5) If damage is severe enough it can cause said chassis to be unusable for subsequent races regardless of whether repairs are made or not. If a chassis is forced to miss the next meeting then teams are allowed to use a spare car if any have been built or lease one from another team.

6) Teams are also allowed to put chassis up for sale at any point at a price they decide. Teams from both the main BTCC and BCTD can then purchase them.

Waiting List

peteroli34 - Will take SpeedEquipe in 2005.
Shadaza - Will take Fast-Tech Motorsport in 2005.

New Teams

2005 - SpeedEquipe, Fast-Tech Motorsport
2006 - EuroTech Racing, Motorbase Performance, Geoff Steel Racing, Xero Competiton, Team Farecla
2007 - Jacksons Motorsport, GR Asia, BTC Racing, AFM Racing, A-Tech, Graham Hathaway Racing, J-Team Motorsport
2008 - Robertshaw Racing, In-Tune Racing
2009 - Ray Mallock Ltd, Clyde Valley Racing, Tempus Sport, Boulevard Team Racing, Maxtreme
2010 - Special Tuning Racing, Pinkney Motorsports, AmD Essex, Team Wood Racing, Forster Motorsports
2011 - Dynojet, Speedworks, Rob Austin Racing, Welch Motorsport, Team ES Racing
2012 - Tony Gilham Racing, Thorney Motorsports
2013 - Ciceley Racing, Team BMR, IP Tech
2014 - United Autosports, Handy Motorsport, Aiden Moffat Racing, Rotek Racing