Following the British Stock Car Drivers Association Annual General Meeting on Sunday 26th November proposals recommended from that meeting have now been discussed by the BriSCA Management Board which is an amalgam of BSCDA and BriSCA Promoters.
BSCDA and BriSCA individually have received considerable constructive feedback on some of the agreed proposals and have invested considerable time in further engaging with drivers and undertaken surveys to ensure that concluding these proposals has been undertaken listening to as many views as possible.
The BSCDA and BriSCA are resolute in continuing the commitment in terms of reducing costs for drivers whilst improving the spectacle for the sports followers and it has to be accepted that to achieve that agenda, sometimes difficult decisions have to be made for what has to be the best interest of a sport as a whole and not necessarily individual circumstances.
We would like to thank those who made the effort to support and air their views at the AGM and the feedback provided by individuals in recent days to enable further clarity in reaching conclusions. It should also be noted and respected the majority views of those who took the time and interest in attending the AGM and democratically voted as part of the clarification review that has taken place. These proposals had been clearly publicised for discussion and voting to all drivers within the articles of association. Few apologies were received. However, many of those who did not / could not attend have been further consulted for their views as part of the process which is not a defined process but demonstrates the additional efforts made to embrace as many as possible in further consultation.
The specific proposals below have been subjected to a further review by the BMB as to what is deemed the best interest of the sport and the following decisions reached.
RPM - It was originally proposed to introduce for 2018 a RPM limit of 7000 with the clear objective of reducing engine costs for the future. Further analysis and feedback has proven that a more viable and acceptable level of 7500 RPM be introduced and will be implemented in the 2018 BMB Rules and Regulations and will be enforced during 2018 by BMB Technical personnel. Further details of implementation will be released via the BSCDA and their website.
REAR AXLE WIDTH - A specified rear axle width was proposed and majority agreed at the AGM. The purpose of this was twofold, to control the rear axle width and to introduce a limit as the wider the rear axle becomes, it affects the 'style' of racing in terms of stability of cars and ultimately affects the racing experience for the sports followers. Recent developments have been reviewed and further feedback sought since the AGM again to provide clarity.
A maximum width of 78 inches has been agreed which is re enforced by a recent survey which reveals that 96% of drivers who responded are at or under 78 inches. Therefore, given the objectives of reviewing and introducing a limit, the introduction of this rule and feedback demonstrates the timing is right with so few cars affected by its implementation. The 2018 BMB Rules and Regulations will reflect a ruling of a maximum of 78 inches.
REAR INSIDE TYRE - Discussions at the AGM proposed a change to the existing tyre rule in terms of implementing a control rear inside tyre developed by American Racer. The sport has been adversely affected during 2016 and 2017 with both an interrupted supply of the K6 in terms of availability and when available a huge increase in price. Following the AGM further analysis has been undertaken and a consensus that the proposed American Racer rally tyre is not within the remit of the original proposal with regard to price and availability for the beginning of the racing season. Therefore it has been agreed that the use of all Pirellis K range (excluding the KMs) will be suspended in 2018 until further notice. These may still be used on the front inside.
As a controlled tyre was voted for the BMB have agreed that for 2018 the American Racer tarmac tyre (Venray tyre) will be used on the rear inside.
So for clarification on shale, the current rule will stand however no Pirelli K range can be used except KMs.
On tarmac, the Venray tarmac tyre must be used on the rear inside (wet or dry). On the front outside, no rally tyre can be used.
The BSCDA are still working with American Racer regarding the rally tyre and will keep everyone informed of progress.
A full resume of all 2018 BMB Rule amendments will be circulated and available via the BSCDA website in the coming days.
In conclusion, the BSCDA continue to foster an environment of reducing racing costs and share the objective through the BMB to improve the spectacle for the sports followers. It has to be accepted that rule changes cannot be designed to please or appease all. We continue to promote the unique values of BriSCA F1 and whilst understanding that there will be some detractors we urge that collectively we all embrace steps taken to improve the sport and implore the use of social media to impart opinion is considered and portrayed in the best interest of our sport.
BMB 8th December 2017