There seems to be some fuss in seems to be some fuss in Super Touring circles over the weight penalties added to fourwheel drive machinery in other words. Audi’s dominant A4.
But what we have to consider is what is the point of Super Touring racing? Is it pure sport, or is it entertainment? I would argue that, to get the all important crowds (at both the circuits and for TV viewing figures) it necessarily has to be entertainment.
Besides, most of the leading competitors in Super Touring aren’t there because they want to be. They just compete because they’re professional racing drivers and they need to make a living. Therefore, the overall result is less important to them than the impression they create.
Entertainment, therefore, has to be the main target for Super Touring racing and, with a phalanx (or just a duo in the UK) of silver Audis romping away at the front, that is never going to be achieved.
I say equalise all the cars. Bring weight off the Peugeots, Fords, Nissans. Add it to the BMWs, Renaults and Volvos as well as the Audis. Just like they do in NASCAR, in fact.
P Kember, Rugby.