Touring car racing remains one of the most crowd-pleasing forms of motorsport, with a plethora of series operating nationally and internationally. But which is the best? And how do you define the best anyway? This is what AUTOSPORT is attempting.
What follows is an analysis of the eight biggest touring car series currently active. We have decided to split this analysis into five different categories in order to give a well-balanced perspective on the relative strengths of the World Touring Car Championship, the DTM, the European Touring Car Cup, the British Touring Car Championship, Australian V8 Supercars, Argentinian Super TC2000, the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship and Brazilian V8 Stock Cars.
The categories we will appraise them on are entertainment, competition, cars, prestige and variety. These are the main components of the appeal of any series, covering the appeal to spectators and the overall commercial value that underpins success.