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View Poll Results: Who was the best driver in the Super Touring era?
Laurent Aiello 16 28.07%
Steve Soper 5 8.77%
Jo Winkelhock 2 3.51%
Alain Menu 8 14.04%
Frank Biela 3 5.26%
Rickard Rydell 8 14.04%
John Cleland 6 10.53%
Yvan Muller 3 5.26%
James Thompson 2 3.51%
Gabriele Tarquini 1 1.75%
Emanuele Pirro 2 3.51%
Matt Neal 1 1.75%
Johnny Cecotto 0 0%
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Old 13 Aug 2013, 12:07 (Ref:3289241)   #1
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Best Super Touring driver ever

Hi all,

We've recently been putting together a special issue on the Super Touring two-litre era of tin-tops. Discussions in the office inevitably led to 'who was the best driver?'

In the end, we decided to go and ask as many ex-Super Touring drivers as possible what they thought and then added their lists together to get a final list. We're going to publish that on Thursday (in Aug 15 mag and online), but I wondered what other people thought.

So, who was the best? Only rules are that the driver has to have competed in at least one season of the two-litre era (known as Class 2 in Europe and Super Touring here from about the mid-1990s): 1991-2000 in the case of the BTCC. And we mean best in Super Touring rather than people who appeared in it and were mega elsewhere.

I think my personal choice would be Laurent Aiello, given his success across different championships.

It'd be interesting to see how the fan vote compares with the driver one!

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Old 13 Aug 2013, 12:08 (Ref:3289242)   #2
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Steve Soper. End of.
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Old 13 Aug 2013, 12:13 (Ref:3289244)   #3
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Yeah, he's definitely up there for me as well. It's a shame he rarely had a full crack at the BTCC.
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Old 13 Aug 2013, 12:20 (Ref:3289248)   #4
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Smokin' Joe, Menu, Biela, Rydell, Aiello would be my top 5.
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Old 13 Aug 2013, 12:35 (Ref:3289256)   #5
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John Cleland, no question.
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Old 13 Aug 2013, 12:48 (Ref:3289261)   #6
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Smokin' Joe, Menu, Biela, Rydell, Aiello would be my top 5.
I would have to agree with these as a good starting point.

Although there are others I prefer these 5 would be at the top for pure ability. Other's are Radisich, Leslie, Hoy and Cleland who had a certain quality that made them approachable in a way that maybe Menu and Biela were not. For me Joe Winklehock always had that twinkle in his eye that said he was up to something.
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Yvan Muller, Rickard Rydell, James Thomson, Gabriele Tarquini and I think Huffy is up there with the best of them.
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What I posted was:

BTCC 1992-2000:

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Old thread

What I posted was:

BTCC 1992-2000:

1. Alain Menu
2. Rickard Rydell
3. John Cleland
4. James Thompson
5. Jason Plato
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I have to type this or my brain will explode!

For some reason I read James and Jasons names as one, James Thomato

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Other outstanding drivers: Yvan Muller, Laurent AÔello, Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro, Fabrizio Giovanardi, Paul Morris, Brad Jones.
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The best in the Super Touring Era was without doubt Alain Menu
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Rickard Rydell was amazing, but Soper takes it for me.

Keith ”dor was hugely underrated though. I still think he could've beaten guys like Frank Biela to the 1995 STW title. And he outdid the legendary Win Percy in the Janspeed Nissan. His 1 BTCC win was nowhere near as many as it should've.

And of course, by far and away the best Independent driver was Matt Neal...

And why were guys like Soper and Andy Rouse not included in the best drivers not to race in F1? I know they never really tried single-seaters, but they had as much talent as the F1 crop.
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For me it has to be Laurent Aiello.

As an aside, I think the drivers I enjoyed watching in the BTCC the most were Jo Winklehock and Roberto Ravaglia.
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Aiello without a doubt.
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