The BTCC will experiment with a reverse garage layout at Silverstone on the 28th/29th of September in a new initiative to improve the fan experience.
Usually, the work areas in the garages are forward-facing, meaning that fans in the BTCC paddock have their view of the cars obstructed by panels which separate the paddock and the cars. The cars are worked on facing the pitlane, with the front of the garages open. In the Silverstone trial, the orientation of the work areas will be reserved meaning that the garages will be open at the back of the paddock allowing fans to see in and watch the teams work on the cars which will be facing the paddock. The teams will roll the cars out backwards into the pitlane for the start of sessions and races.
Whilst the Silverstone trial is currently a one-off, if successful, series boss Alan Gow is hoping to extend the reverse garages to any track which can take the extra capacity in the paddock including Donington Park and Snetterton.
Speaking to the BTCC, Alan Gow said “I think it’s a great idea – obviously because it’s mine! But we’re doing this solely for the fans. It’ll give the teams and drivers more time to interact with the public and will really add to the whole BTCC experience for our spectators.”
The next round of the BTCC takes place at Knockhill on 14th/15th September.