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Prime-time documentary series charting the history of the British Touring Car Championship.

Touring Car Legends, a three-part documentary series by Gaucho Productions, concludes tonight on ITV4 HD at 8pm and will then be available on the ITV Player.

The series tells the inside story of the British Touring Car Championship from the first race on Boxing Day 1957. Narrated by Tiff Needell, episode 3 takes the viewer on a dramatic journey from 1995 and the heyday of ‘Super Touring’, to last season’s epic finale.

The mid-1990s saw Touring Car racing reach for the stratosphere. As 1992 champion Tim Harvey recalls, at the BTCC’s peak there were nine factory-supported teams and more professionally employed drivers than in Formula One. This era witnessed the arrival of Audi with the all-conquering A4 quattro, the Williams-engineered Renault Laguna and the truly bonkers Volvo 850 estate, an eccentricity recalled with great affection. There was even a hugely successful game for the hit new Sony PlayStation.

This era also saw the arrival of Jason Plato, who remains a pivotal figure in the championship to this day. In an emotional moment, Plato revisits Williams F1 where he famously door-stepped Sir Frank Williams to secure a drive in a Laguna. Plato would go on to win more races in the BTCC than any other driver but his success would be defined by his great rivalries with two other legends of the noughties, Yvan Muller and Matt Neal. Touring Car Legends offers fresh insight into their intense battles – both on and off the track – before the BTCC is brought right up to date as the next generation of legends starts to take shape.

Series director Alistair Weaver says: “For many people, ‘Super Touring’ was the BTCC’s defining moment, when budgets went crazy and it became an international series that just happened to be held in the UK. It was never going to last forever but the more modest championship that emerged in the noughties still boasted some great action and rivalries more intense that anything seen before in the BTCC’s illustrious history.

“This is the concluding episode of Touring Car Legends and I’d like to say thank you to the Gaucho team and everyone involved with the BTCC who’ve helped make it such a success.”

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