The boom of touring car racing during the 1990s extended beyond TV ratings and big-budget manufacturer entries. While Super Touring was king of the tin-top world, the British Touring Car Championship grabbed a significant chunk of the burgeoning gaming market with its 'TOCA Touring Cars' series.
For reasons that we'll go into later, the BTCC hasn't been officially featured in a computer game for more than a decade, but if anything that rarity has added to the mystique and appeal of the games released towards the end of the 20th century.
After Codemasters approached the BTCC with the idea for the game, the first two releases of the 'TOCA' series covered the 1997 and '98 seasons. Every works team was represented (of course, there were some of us who wished the independents were in there too), and every track on the calendar was reproduced.
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Glenn Freeman is the editor of Autosport.com. After 10 years of karting, he decided that writing about motorsport would put less strain on his dad's bank balance than competing, and after obtaining his NCTJ qualifications in newspaper journalism, he joined Motorsport News in 2005.
As deputy racing editor, he covered British Formula 3 and selected international events. He also got the chance to take on boyhood hero Nigel Mansell in a kart race and beat the 1992 world champion.
Glenn left MN to become Autosport.com's international editor in September 2006 and joined the magazine's news desk in January 2008, spending six years as news editor. During that time he covered four seasons of DTM and a year of GP2/GP3, before switching to Formula Renault 3.5 from 2012-14. He became the website's editor in 2014.