What makes the BTCC so much better than Formula 1? Is it the fact that cars can race wheel to wheel without being forced back into the pits after some scuffed paintwork? Or is that the BTCC seems so much more accessible to everyman? After all, the Jason Platos and Rob Collards of this world seem like normal blokes, not demi-gods like Herr Schumacher or His Hamiltoness.

Money plays a big role, too, most notably with the BTCC’s introduction of the Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) in 2011, which slashed design, build and running costs of the stripped-out saloons and hot hatchbacks. Equally measured BTCC cars rely on driver skill and fearlessness, not DRS and trick KERS systems like they do in F1.