I bought RACE 07 the other day; it's the latest PC game based on the World Touring Car Championship. And as I bounced off the barriers at the supremely accurate virtual racetrack in Macau, I thought, "what a place for a championship finale."
The WTCC is in Macau in a few days for its final two races of the season, you see, and there can be few more dramatic venues for a championship decider. Britain's Andy Priaulx enters the round leading the series in his BMW, but he's tied on points with Seat's Yvan Muller, and Alfa driver Augusto Farfus Jr is breathing down their necks. James Thompson isn't far adrift, either.
Andy has been here before, of course; last year he secured back-to-back world titles, making him (again) Britain's only current FIA world champion. And proving, again, that nice guys can win.
I remember Priaulx's name cropping up in hillclimb reports years ago, but he sneaked onto the global stage in touring cars, a process made easier by the fact that Britain isn't really switched on to the WTCC in the same way that it adores its national BTCC tintop series.