It's hard to keep track of the number of cliches that have been used in reference to the 2019 World Touring Car Cup grid, but perhaps the most frequently trotted out is that the competition is on "another level" this year compared to last.
There's little arguing that's not the case. The Cyan Racing team that clinched the inaugural teams' title in 2018 has, through its motorsport partner Geely Group Motorsport, brought Chinese brand Lynk & Co to the grid; Volkswagen declared "WTCR, not WRX" when announcing double World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson would join the 26-car field; and World Touring Car Championship race winners Nicky Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Andy Priaulx - a three-time champion - are all back after being impressed by what they saw in 2018.
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The new Pure ETCR series will get underway at Vallelunga this weekend featuring great looking cars, top drivers and real tracks. Its format is wacky, but it exists in an era when its petrol-fuelled brethren are all artificially contrived, and has the potential to move the tin-top game on
The news is out that three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx is stepping down from full-time racing. But he's still got plenty of mileage left him in yet, and his son has much more
Esteban Guerrieri spent years trying to make it in single-seaters, and came closer than you'd think to making it to F1. Now he's forging a successful tin-top career, but it's his philosophical approach to defeat and personal growth that is truly impressive
Team orders in major touring car racing are nothing unusual with manufacturer honour at stake. But in the 2019 World Touring Cars title fight, one team is raising eyebrows with the choices it is making
Emotions ran high at Suzuka last weekend between two teams gunning for global tin-top bragging rights, and little has been done to cool those tensions since. While that's great news for WTCR, is there a danger of both outfits losing sight of their main aim?
The World Touring Car Cup has gone from strength to strength for 2019 - but one small team in particular is proving time and again that it merits a place alongside the series' big hitters
The WTCR has made a massive step up in quality ahead of its second season in its current format, but as manufacturers start to lock horns is it already in danger of repeating other great touring car series' mistakes?
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