Touring Car World Cup


Inaugural season 1991
Manufacturers BMW Ford Mazda Nissan Renault Peugeot Toyota Vauxhall
Driver's champion Lorenzo Turri
Nation's champion Italy
Manufacturer's champion Alfa Romeo

The Touring Car World Cup is a touring car race held each year, currently organised and administered by British Touring Car Online (BTCO). It was established in 1991. The championship currently runs the FIA Super Touring regulations.

History[edit | edit source]

The introduction of a 2-litre, single-class touring car formula (devised in the UK and later adopted worldwide by the FIA as ‘SuperTouring’) – and with all cars running on unleaded fuel – attracted interest from major motor manufacturers, which led to unprecedented growth, unparalleled global interest and fierce rivalries. During the first seasons, the cars were not fitted with aerodynamic aids such as a front splitter or a rear wing which were allowed from 1995.

In 1995, the World Cup became a multi-class championship with 3 different classes. These classes were:

  • Class A consisting of current generations 'Works' cars
  • Class B made up of 'ex-works' entries from the previous 2 seasons
  • Class C comprising of vehicles which competed 3+ seasons ago.

Car regulations[edit | edit source]

The Super Touring cars were required to be a minimum of 4.20 metres (13.8 ft) in length, with four doors, effectively requiring a small family saloon car as a minimum. No more than 2 litres engine capacity, or six cylinders were permitted, and the engine was required to be normally aspirated. Only two wheels could be driven and steered. For homologation, initially at least 2500 units of the model used must have been produced. In 1995, in a bid to counter the increasing numbers of homologation specials this was increased to at least 25,000 units.

Circuits[edit | edit source]

BTCO Officials would vote on the location of the Touring Car World Cup every year. In 1991, they awarded the race to the brand-new Catalunya circuit near Barcelona.

For 1992, the World Cup would head down under to the Mount Panorama circuit at Bathurst in Australia.

In 1993, the championship returned to Europe where the Autodromo Nazionale Monza played host.

The 1994 Touring Car World Cup was held in the UK for the first time at the Donington Park circuit in England.

Race format[edit | edit source]

  • 8:00PM GMT - Lobby Opens / Free Practice
  • 8:15PM GMT – 15 Minute Qualifying
  • 8:30PM GMT – Race 1: Approx 20 Minute Sprint 
  • 8:50PM GMT – Race 2: Approx 20 Minute Sprint (grid determined by race 1 results)

Points system[edit | edit source]

Points are awarded to the top twenty drivers in each race as follows:

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   17th   18th   19th   20th 
40 30 24 20 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Previous champions[edit | edit source]

Single Class Format
Season Driver's Champion Nation's Champion Manufacturer's Champion Location
1991 Lorenzo Turri Italy Vauxhall Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
1992 Lorenzo Turri Italy Vauxhall Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst, Australia
1993 Tom Cinchy Great Britain Ford Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
1994 Lorenzo Turri Italy Alfa Romeo Donington Park, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Multiclass Format
Season Driver's Champion Nation's Champion B Class Champion C Class Champion Location
1995 Lorenzo Turri Sweden Joshua Anderson Michael Sneath Norisring, Nuremburg, Germany
1996 Road Atlanta, Georgia, United States
1997 TBA
1998 TBA
1999 TBA
2000 TBA
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