Keen followers of Australian motorsport may remember the last time a V8 vs two-litre touring car battle played out on Aussie soil.
The Super Touring assault in the mid-1990s was a genuine ploy by the category that was thriving in Britain and elsewhere to become top dog down under too. It was ultimately unsuccessful, but disruptive enough to strip Supercars of its official Bathurst 1000 status for a couple of years.
Fast forward a few decades and there's now a fresh push for two-litre tin-top racing in Australia. In a few short days, the inaugural TCR Australia season will kick off at Sydney Motorsport Park, sporting a free-to-air TV deal, plenty of talent on the grid, and even some toe-in-the-water manufacturer support.