Why the BTCC is the best Motorsport to watch.
If you're British, you have most likely seen, or at least heard of the British Touring Car Championship, or as it's otherwise known, the BTCC. I genuinely believe, in the bottom of my heart, that this is the best motorsport that is aired on TV in this country. Even better than F1. Why? Well, why don't you sit back, relax and let me tell you why.
First of all, there's the competition. Unlike say, F1, literally anyone could win, at any point. Take the season that has just finished for example. Up until the VERY LAST RACE, there was essentially 3 drivers, who were still in a chance of winning. Last years champion, Colin Turkington, Honda's Dan Cammish, and one time champion Ash Sutton, who ended up winning the championship in the end. And it's gets better, due to the reverse grid races on race 3 of each round, someone who isn't as fast could end up on pole position, making for a very interesting race indeed. And as it's the final race of the day, and for at least a few weeks. They aren't as afraid to bash about and risk damaging the car. Race 3 is always the most entertaining.
And then there's the races themselves. Pretty much anyone can win. There's combinations of amazing, if almost dangerous overtakes, rubbing, pushing, shoving and downright dirty behaviour. They say there's a no contact rule, but because the driver's are nutters (as said by a man sitting behind us a few years ago to his little boy) and because the cars don't fall apart as soon as they hit a pebble, you can guarantee there is at least one or two crashes per race. I don't think there's ever been a race where every single car has finished.
Another amazing thing about the BTCC, is the cars themselves. I had the privilege of getting up close and personal to them, and I have to say, they look great. They sound good too. Touching the 110 db mark. Apparently. I've never been in one, but they definitely aren't slow. The fastest lap of Brands Hatch in a BTCC car is 47.990 seconds by Tom Ingram and his Toyota Avensis in 2016. For a 1.2 mile track, that's bloody good. The top spec cars have about 370 bhp, and must either be front or rear wheel drive (depending on the orientation of the engine). This is because when the Audi A4 entered in the 90's with 4WD, it was so good, that it was banned.
So, this is a quick summary of the BTCC, and why I love it so much. And so you can see my point better, here is a video of some of the highlights of the 2019 season. Enjoy!