The latter, however, demanded shorter races and a simpler first-past-the-post system. From its inception, as had its predecessors, Group A allocated points equally across a class system based on engine size. This led to confusion among the uninformed masses. For instance, although Alfa Romeo hadn’t won a single ETCC race from 1982-’85, it had secured four consecutive manufacturer titles due to the dominance of a class by its GTV/6.
The 1986 ETCC, in turn, was a classic, featuring BMW, Ford, Holden, Rover and Volvo – Schnitzer, Eggenberger, Australia’s ‘Brocky’ and ‘Gricey’, TWR and RAS Sport teams – rubbing door handles and swapping paint, verbal barbs and written protests up at the sharp end. All, however, were ‘beaten’ by Toyota’s 1,600cc Corolla GT.
Few noticed. Fewer understood.