How the BTCC came to rule British motorsport

How the BTCC came to rule British motorsport

That the British Touring Car Championship is still followed by so many after 60 years is testament to its long history of adapting to the times. Here's how it came to dominate the British motorsport scene

Production saloon racing in the United Kingdom was nothing new, even when the British Saloon Car Championship was created in 1958.

The very first saloon-based race was in 1952, but the cars were regularly seen as a lower class in sports and GT races. The machines proved popular with the public, but it wasn't until the British Racing and Sports Car Club got involved that an official championship was first formed.

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