When Neal spurned a factory Volvo seat
Matt Neal laid the foundations for his three BTCC titles with his breakthrough 1999 season in Team Dynamics' privateer Nissan. But that only happened because he'd rejected the team that took Rickard Rydell to the '98 championship
After Matt Neal impressed in his battle with fellow British Touring Car Championship star Rickard Rydell and Jim Richards for victory in the 1998 Bathurst 1000, Volvo came calling.
An underwhelming season for its second driver Gianni Morbidelli in the BTCC meant the ex-Formula 1 driver had exited stage left and there was now a vacancy for Neal alongside reigning champion Rydell at the TWR-run team.
It won't be long until the current BTCC rules become the longest-lasting the series has ever had. The NGTC regulations are due to celebrate their tenth birthday this year and while not totally perfect for everyone, have been a huge success
The Infiniti Q50 was completely redesigned, redeveloped and revamped by BMR and Laser Tools Racing for 2020. And the flamboyant brilliance of the driver behind the wheel was enough to snatch the title at the last gasp
The rival Ford RS500 was more spectacular and almost claimed its place as Autosport's greatest touring car. But the original BMW M3 E30 was too good and too important to be ignored, as its drivers explain
The two four-time British Touring Car champions discovered they had far more in common than they realised when Autosport brought them together to discuss all things tin-top for its 70th anniversary special earlier this year
As the British Touring Car Championship shapes up for its 2020 title-decider, Autosport relives the controversial 1992 finale that thrust the series into the national press and truly lit a fire under Super Touring with its three main players
This hasn't been the easiest of years for anyone, but one thing has remained the same: a gripping BTCC title fight. Ahead of its final round at Brands Hatch this weekend, Autosport polled the five challengers for their thoughts on their prospects
Few British Touring Car Championship rookies have as much racing experience as Paul Rivett. But, after spending two decades in the support categories, he is finally set to move up to the top tier at Snetterton this weekend
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