PH BLOG: WHAT'S THE POINT OF BTCC?
Riggers wonders whether Britain's favourite tin-tops have lost their way
Being the fresh-faced yoof that I am, I missed out on the RS500 Sierra era (though I do recall watching it on the box), but me, my dad and his mates used to trundle around the country during the halcyon days of the Super Touring rules following the series. Brands, Snetterton, Donington, Oulton, Thruxton - you name it, we parked in a muddy overflow car park near it.
Nowadays, it just isn't so exciting. Sure, there are big grids, increasing TV and live-action viewer numbers, plenty of close racing and - if you have the stamina - you can watch six hours of coverage on ITV4 for every event, but it's missing the spark it used to have.
And I don't know what it is. Is it that the cars aren't so appealing? Is it the lack of truly top-line drivers? Is it the knowledge that the cars' performance is artificially capped?
Fortunately there is something filling the tin-top void in my life - Australian V8 Supercars, via Motors TV. It's got top-notch drivers in well-matched cars, and there's guaranteed close racing up and down the field at eevery round. that all the cars are rear-drive V8s is really just icing on the cake. I only wish the action didn't take place 10,000 miles away...