WTCC promoter Eurosport Events announced the inclusion of a Tour de France-style team time trials for every round of next year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship.
The new format was approved by the FIA Touring Car Commission at its last meeting and will now follow the usual FIA approval procedure for inclusion in the WTCC Sporting Regulations for 2016.
‘Manufacturers Against the Clock’ (MAC3) will put team competition to the fore at each WTCC event in 2016 with extensive live broadcasting and live streaming on Eurosport and through a live world feed.
The WTCC’s registered car makes will nominate three drivers to take part in MAC3, which will take place straight after the completion of Qualifying Q3. They will score points towards their WTCC Manufacturers’ Championship totals and benefit from an extended live broadcasting, live streaming and digital coverage package to drive more value to the Manufacturers’ Championship, while offering new story-telling opportunities. And this is how it works:
1: The clock starts when the first of three cars from a manufacturer ‘team’ crosses the starting line from a standing start, and stops as soon as the last car has completed the required number of laps
2: At the Nürburgring Nordschleife this will be one lap. For all other circuits a minimum distance of 10 kilometres must be covered
3: The fastest team of three will win MAC3 at each event and score 10 points towards the WTCC Manufacturers’ Championship. The second best manufacturer will earn eight points and so on until all points are allocated (on a scale of 10-8-6-3-2-1)
4: Although parc fermé will be operational between the finish of Qualifying Q3 and the start of MAC3, cars can be refuelled and fitted with a new set of tyres
5: Manufacturer teams will contest MAC3 in reverse championship order to heighten the drama