The FIA World Touring Car Championship has confirmed that the Yokohama Trophy will return to its original roots as a title for independently-run entries.
This year’s WTCC season has seen the Yokohama Trophy reserved exclusively for the handful of runners competing in older-spec TC2T class machinery. Those running the newer-spec TC1 class machines – irrespective of whether they enjoy manufacturer support or not – have had to compete for outright championship honours.
Series officials have since confirmed that the 2015 season will see the series revert to a more traditional Trophy structure, in line with the WTCC becoming an all-TC1 specification championship. TC2T class cars will be only eligible to compete in the feeder FIA European Touring Car Cup series.
Next year’s Yokohame Trophy will have a total of €240,000 in prize money at stake. The prize pool will be broken down into €20,000 allocations per event, where all independently-run entries can compete for the dollars and the prize.
The move follows calls by a number of privately run outfits – most notably ROAL Motorsport boss Roberto Ravaglia – to allow for the independently-run teams to have their own title set-up, as has traditionally been the case since the 2006.
If the 2015 regulations were to be applied this year, the three Citroëna, three LADAs and the two Castrol Honda racers would be classed as manufacturer entries and be ineligible for the Yokohama Trophy, which would be open to all of the Chevrolet drivers, as well as the privately-entered Hondas of Zengõ Motorsport and Proteam Racing.
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