The World Touring Car Championship in 2007, for the majority of the field, will be all about one thing: stopping Andy Priaulx. That is not an easy task for anyone - as his 2004 ETCC crown and two world titles show - but once again a strong field will attack the man from Guernsey and it is highly likely that once again the title will go down to the wire in Macau.
Priaulx's achievements in touring cars were likened to those of Michael Schumacher in Formula One after Macau last year, but his dominance is unlikely to harm the sport because, no matter how good he is, he won't be wrapping up the title mid-season.
All three of his championships have been sealed at the season finale, simply because the rules in the series prevent anyone from making a break in the title race. The success ballast in the WTCC is severe, and a reverse grid format also makes it very difficult for a driver to have two strong results in one weekend.