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:
Previous champions[edit | edit source]
|Season||Driver's Champion||Nation's Champion||B Class Champion||C Class Champion||Location|
|1995||https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/03/Flag_of_Italy.svg/22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri||https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden||http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/ae/Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg/22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Joshua Anderson||http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/ae/Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg/22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Michael Sneath||http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Norisring, Nuremburg, Germany|
|1996||https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Road Atlanta, Georgia, United States|