WTCC unveils Tour de France-style ‘MAC3’ time trials

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The FIA World Touring Car Championship has unveiled a new concept for motorsport in the form of Tour de France-style time trials.

From 2016, the WTCC manufacturers will take part in a separate MAC3 (Manufacturers Against the Clock) time trial besides the regular two races that all drivers take part in.

Each manufacturer will field three cars for each time trial, taking place soon after the conclusion of qualifying, which will all go out on track together.

The clock will start when the first car crosses the line, and will stop when all three have seen the checkered flag. The regular distance will be 10km, but only one lap at the Nordschleife in Germany.

Points will be awarded to the top six manufacturers on a sliding scale (10-8-6-3-2-1) for their championship. No drivers’ points will be on offer, with the MAC3 concept being introduced to give greater focus and weighting to the team competition.

“Every manufacturer competing in FIA world championships will tell you that the most important title to bring home is the manufacturers’ world title,” head of WTCC promoter Eurosport Events Francois Ribeiro said.

“Paradoxically, the drivers’ title always gets the most media exposure. MAC3 is designed to promote the WTCC manufacturers’ championship title in a different way and widen its appeal so that it becomes a bit more than the addition of the two best results from the drivers in each race, and a points classification at the end of each race.

“MAC3 will drive more value to WTCC factory teams, it will enhance the spectators’ experience after Qualifying, it will increase broadcast volume, it will offer new stories to media and will introduce a true collective effort parameter into the WTCC manufacturers’ championship title, which is a very positive value for a brand.

“It will require teams to line up three good and consistent drivers who will have to drive together and help each other, straight after they’ve given a very individual effort in qualifying. It will be interesting to follow the dynamic within each factory team.”

You can find out more about the MAC3 concept in the video below.

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.