TOCA & FIA carry out 'thorough inspections' of three BTCC vehicles

21 Jul 17

BTCC Series Organiser, TOCA, along with the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) have carried out a full inspection of three of the vehicles involved in the multi-car accident at Croft last month.

Luke Davenport, Aron Taylor-Smith and Jeff Smith were all hospitalised during qualifying for the fifth meeting of the season with varying and significant injuries being sustained.

Representatives from the FIA Global Institute, MSA, BARC, RML, ATL, TOCA Technical Group and BTCC teams were all invited to a working group session, with the shells of the three NGTC machines (#300 Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus, #40 MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6 & #55 Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R) being assessed.

Conducting the inspection, comprehensive logged vehicle data as well as the full suite of available on-board and external video footage was all used by TOCA.

This assisted in enabling TOCA to be able to recreate the angles at which the cars came into contact and understand how the damage was sustained.

BTCC Series Director, Alan Gow, said: “The BTCC uses the highest FIA safety regulations, so it was very clear and satisfying to note that all three cars stood up to the forces and impact of this high-speed accident entirely as expected.

"However, safety is a constantly progressive subject and the primary purpose of this exercise was to both see what could be learned and if current safety requirements could be developed further – not just for the BTCC but for Touring Cars generally.”

Since the accident, all three drivers have been released from hospital and are on the road to recovery.

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship returns next weekend (29/30 July) at Snetterton for rounds 16, 17 and 18.