Motorsport New Zealand has dropped a bombshell on the world of BNT V8s, with confirmation that the New Zealand Touring Car Championship will be awarded to TCR NZ from the 2020/21 season.
MotorSport New Zealand confirms that it will not be renewing the championship title status of the BNT V8 Championship.
BNT V8s has been the premier Touring Car championship series, being awarded the title every year since 1996
The BNT V8 Championship has produced some great drivers over the years,” said Elton Goonan, Competitions Manager for MotorSport New Zealand.
“Touring car racing is changing across the world, particularly the cars being utilised for competition. We believe TCR better reflects what local vehicle distributors are selling which increases the potential for support from them.
“Confirming that TCR NZ will compete for the New Zealand Touring Car Championship title is a big piece of the puzzle complete for us. It adds another incentive for teams and drivers to join what is a huge success worldwide and gives drivers a recognised platform to compete on.”
NZ TCR was scheduled to begin earlier this year, mirroring the 2020 Castrol Toyota Racing Series with an enduro series for the winter.
However, the category was delayed until next year due to competitor numbers and logistical issues that needed to be rendered.
NZ TCR will start in late 2020, with a date and venue expected to be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.
The next round of the BNT V8s will take place at Hampton Downs on March 28-29.