There was some great racing at last weekend's British Touring Car Championship round at Oulton Park, and the Honda clash between Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden also added incredible drama. And yet the ongoing debate about the relative performance of the turbocharged and normally-aspirated cars was still one of the chief topics in the paddock.
Series boss Alan Gow's decision to have cars built to different regulations racing against each other was understandable. It has given teams time to go through the rules transition, but it has given him a headache.
Matt Neal takes off his Honda team-mate Gordon Shedden © LAT
Inherently, two-litre turbo cars are going to be faster than two-litre NA machines. Even with the extra weight over the front wheels, they have the power to outpace the 'atmos'.
Gow has pledged to equalise the cars, but how best to do it? So far, he has chipped a little here and a little there, with a boost reduction for the turbos, and then a weight break for the NA cars, but it's clear from the speed traps at Oulton that parity has yet to be reached.
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Kevin Turner is the editor of Autosport magazine, having previously been the editor of sister publication Motorsport News. He joined the magazine in 2006 after writing club race reports as a freelancer while studying history at the University of York. He has also covered international events for both the magazine and the website, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. Kevin covered the British Touring Car Championship from 2011 to '14 and has a keen interest in the historic racing scene. He lives in Fleet with his wife and two children.@KRT917 More features by Kevin Turner