Baltic Touring Car Championship

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Baltic Touring Car Championship
BaTCC final-2-1.jpg
CategoryTouring cars
CountryBaltic States
Inaugural season2000
Tyre suppliersHankook
Drivers' championFinland BGT Marko Rantanen

Estonia BTC1 Peeter Peek

Lithuania BTC 2 Ernesta Globyte

Latvia National Jānis Vanks

Russia S1600 Dmitry Savateev
Teams' championLithuania GSR Motorsport
Official websitehttp://www.batcc.eu

The Baltic Touring Car Championship or BaTCC is a touring car racing series held each year in the Baltic states. The championship is regulated by a board containing two representatives each from the automobile associations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Eligible cars for the championship have often changed over recent years. In 2018 there are class entries for BTC1, BTC2, Baltic GT, Super 1600, National Cars.

Drivers from the BaTCC with Super Production and Super 1600 cars are eligible to enter the FIA European Touring Car Cup[1]

Races are held in race tracks in Baltic States. Auto24ring in Estonia, Biķernieki in Latvia, Nemuno Ziedas in Lithuania.

The race day format features two races per round, with standing starts for Legends and Touring cars and rolling start for GT cars. There were a total of five rounds in 2018, with three rounds each at Riga and two in Parnu.

BaTCC championship is held together with Baltic Endurance Championship or BEC 4H. Teams participate in 4 hour endurance races in different racing categories.

Cars used are often BMW M3, Honda Civics, VW Golf and others.

Racing classes[edit]

The following shows the key specifications issues for each class. BTC and Hankook Trophy category have two 10 lap races per event. While BEC Championship has one 4 hour race per event.

BTC[edit]

BTC1 cars with engine capacity from 1798cm3 to 2800cm3.

BTC2 cars with engine capacity from 2800cm3 to 4500cm3. Class BTC2 maximum engine capacity is allowed 4500cm3 which includes all the ratios of the Technical Regulations. (Example: 2000cm3 bi-turbo engine has a ratio 2,2 which means actual engine capacity would equal 4400 cm3). Maximum 6 cylinder engines are allowed in class BTC2.

BGT or Baltic GT class is meant for FIA GT3 and GT4 cars (with present or expired FIA homologation) and all touring cars which are not in conformity with requirements of the classes BTC1 and BTC2. Cars which do not have FIA homologation approved weights should use ratio table from the Technical Regulations for Baltic Touring Cars. Minimum engine capacity (including all ratios) is set to be 1998 cm3.

Hankook Trophy[edit]

Hankook Trophy uses Hankook Z222 195/50R15 racing tyre model.

Super 1600 category shall be open for all cars that have been or are in serial production with maximum cylinder capacity of 1640 cm3 and one driving axle.

National Class category is open for cars with stock engines up to 2000 cm3 and gearboxes.

Baltic Endurance Championship[edit]

A2000 Racing cars with engine capacity up to 2000 cm3

A3000 Racing cars with engine capacity up to 3000 cm3

A3000+ Racing cars with engine capacity over 3000 cm3

GT Racing cars with 6 or less cylinder engines and/or theoretical engine capacity over 4500 cm3, all racing cars that used to be and still are certified by FIA as GT and SRO cars. Also, all cars that meet GT class philosophy, however, were not made for racing according to FIA, for example, when road car is remade to racing vehicle (Porsche, Ferrari, etc.)

X1 Experimental (exclusive) racing cars, also, cars made according to experimental producible cars (with tubular or frame type bodies or any other exclusive aspects).

D1 Diesel cars.

Champions[edit]

Season Baltic Champion BTC 2 Champion BTC 1 Champion Super 1600 Champion National Class Champion BEC Champion
1999 Estonia Indrek Sepp (S2000)
2000 Estonia Indrek Sepp (B2000) Estonia Martin Merisaar
2001 Latvia Arnis Jursevskis (B2000) Estonia Martin Merisaar
2002 Estonia Aivis Ohtla (B2000) Latvia Jānis Vorobjovs
2003 Latvia Girts Krüzmanis (B2000) Lithuania Robertas Kupčikas
2004 Latvia Girts Krüzmanis (B2000) Lithuania Marius Milevskis
2005 Estonia Indrek Sepp (S2000) Estonia Madis Kasemets Latvia Jānis Kārkliņš
2006 Finland Antti-Veikko Pakalen (S2000) Lithuania Mindaugas Neliubsys Latvia Normunds Šubeckis
2007 Latvia Egons Lapins (B2000) Latvia Lauris Vidžis Latvia Agris Petrovskis
2008 Latvia Egons Lapins (Superproduction) Lithuania Karolis Doleba Latvia Uldis Timaks
2009 Latvia Marcis Birkens (Superproduction) Estonia Roland Feodorov Latvia Vitālijs Kalmi
2010 Latvia Marcis Birkens (Superproduction) Estonia Andres Hall Latvia Kristaps Mietulis
2011 Latvia Uldis Timaks (Superproduction) Estonia Raul Karu Latvia Didzis Pope
2012 Latvia Vitālijs Kalmi (GT Open) Lithuania Mantas Neverdauskas Latvia Igors Zubkovs
2013 Latvia Artjoms Kočlamazašvili (GT Open) Russia Nikolay Zhuravlev Latvia Lauris Vīgants
2014 Lithuania Eidmantas Nekrošius (GT Open) Latvia Jānis Ciekals Latvia Viktors Vasiļjevs
2015 Lithuania Dainius Matijošaitis (GT Open) Lithuania Andrius Jasonauskas Lithuania Edvinas Mardosas Latvia Kristaps Mietulis Latvia Garijs Rožkalns Lithuania Rotoma Racing (BMW M3)
2016 Lithuania Saulius Beržis (GT Open) Lithuania Alvydas Malakauskas Lithuania Julius Skirmantas Latvia Mārtiņs Sesks Latvia Jānis Vanks Lithuania RIMO Racing (BMW 330D)
2017 Latvia Pavel Shchapov (GT Open) Lithuania Ernesta Globyte Russia Andrey Yushin Estonia Steven Puust Latvia Jānis Vanks Lithuania Skuba Dream (Porsche GT3)
2018 Finland Marko Rantanen (GT Open) Lithuania Ernesta Globyte Estonia Peeter Peek Russia Dmitry Savateev Latvia Jānis Vanks Lithuania GSR Motorsport (VW Golf GTI TCR)

Circuits used[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fiaetcc.com/2k8/ Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine Invited national championships

External links[edit]