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.