Touring Car Racing
Touring car racing
-An auto racing competition with heavily modified everyday cars. It is most popular in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Germany, Sweden and Norway. The cars are not nearly as fast as the more popular Formula One Racing (the fastest road course racing cars in the world, F1 cars race at speeds of up to 220 mph) but the similarity of the cars to each other and to the fans' own vehicles makes it entertaining, well-supported racing. These cars are daring and have a much easier time of passing than in F1, and the more substantial bodies of the cars makes the occasional nudging for overtaking much more acceptable as part of racing which makes it more interesting. These races can include short "sprint" races. Also, many touring car series include one or more endurance races, which last anything from 3 to 24 hours and are a test of reliability and pit crews as much as car, driver speed and consistency.
In 1974 a group of amateur race car drivers came together to create a club which would promote affordable racing for the popular saloon cars of the 50's and early 60's. It has since then turned into a more sophisticated race. In 2005 Modern World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) started. This series is supported by BMW, SEAT and Chevy. This is the most popular competition today.
How To Become A Touring Car Driver
Hunter Abbott hasn't always been a touring car racer.He only announced that he was making the switch to touring car racing, when entering the British Touring Car Championship (driving a NGTC Audi A4). He scored points on his debut, securing a single point by finishing 15th during race 3. He was featured in the top 10 at several races and was top Rookie in the Jack Sears Trophy with 96 overtakes, awarded to the driver who overtook the most cars during the season.
Lap Records:Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, UK – Year 2000 – Formula First
Donington Park, UK – Year 2008 – British GT, GT4
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – Year 2009 – British GT, GT4
Zolder, Belgium – Year 2009 – European GT4 Championship
In March 2008 he had a 100+mph crash in the Rob Austin Racing Ginetta G50 in the opening round of the 2008 British GT Championship. After being tapped by another driver he struck the barriers on the outside of the circuit corners at a very high speed. The car flipped several times end over end, clearing the safety barriers, before stopping upside down where it burst into flames. The fire was caused by the roof skin being ripped off in the force of the accident, in the process this also ripped off the fuel filler pipes from the fuel tank. Since it was near the beginning of the race the fuel tank was near full, when the car came to rest upside down the fuel leaked quickly into the car. Hunter was trapped in the car for 18 seconds while on fire. His door was jammed shut but he escaped from the car by crawling through the roll cage and out of the passenger side of the car. He escaped with only minor burns and injuries. After 2 weeks returned to the series and took a double victory at Knockhill.