The British Touring Car Championship is widely regarded as the premier series in the UK. It comfortably has the highest attendance and TV viewing figures of any domestic four-wheeled motorsport in Britain. And yet...
The racing of late has not been very good. Unusually tame contests have only tended to be interspersed by clashes and crashes rather than proper wheel-to-wheel racing. Knockhill last weekend was perhaps the worst yet, with cars rarely changing position without swapping paint. Or rather, punching a hole in each other.
Part of the problem is the stewarding. Two former champions voiced the same concern to me in Scotland: punishments for bad driving need to be tougher (and consistent), not just to clean up the series, but also to send the right messages to all those watching.
Let's not forget the Ginetta Junior Championship, aimed at helping potential stars of the future, appears on the same bill. And I doubt they're the only young drivers watching.
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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