The British Touring Car Championship is loved by fans for producing great racing – which inevitably creates plenty of drama and the occasional dash of controversy. Autocar will again back the series when the 2020 season finally resumes, so to whet your appetite for whenever that might be, here are five of the most dramatic title showdowns in the BTCC’s history.

5 - Rydell collects for Volvo (1998)

5 Rickard rydell 1998

The BTCC’s 1990s Super Touring era is fondly remembered, but it produced very few title showdowns. The battle did go down to the wire in the classic, ultra-competitive 1998 season, though. Eight manufacturers took part, with nine different drivers winning races. Having clashed on track earlier in the season, Rickard Rydell (Volvo S40) and Anthony Reid (Nissan Primera) battled for the crown at Silverstone. The Swede claimed the title despite Reid winning the finale.

4 - Fastest lap nets crown (2004)

4 James thompson 2004