Italian Superturismo Championship

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Italian Superturismo Championship
CategoryTouring cars
CountryItaly Italy
Inaugural season1987
Drivers' championNetherlands Niels Langeveld
Teams' championItaly Target Competition
Current season

The Italian Superturismo Championship (Campionato Italiano Superturismo) is Italy's national motorsport series for touring cars. It was established in 1987 and its drivers' title has been held by such notable drivers as Le Mans winners Emanuele Pirro and Rinaldo Capello, and two-time Champ Car champion Alex Zanardi.


Established in 1987 under Group A rules the series saw champions like Johnny Cecotto, Roberto Ravaglia and Nicola Larini winning the title before switching to Supertouring regulations in 1993. The first season of D2 Class saw the battel between Roberto Ravaglia with BMW 318i, Fabrizio Giovanardi with Peugeot 405 and Gabriele Tarquini with Alfa Romeo 155. The title was won by Ravaglia who was able to score points in every race although Giovanardi and Tarquini won many races in the second part of the season and tried to recover the initially gap.

The following year saw the debut of the Audi with the model Audi 80 Quattro who won in 1993 French Supertouring Championship with Frank Biela. The Audi 80 Quattro was immediately competitive and thanks to 6 wins and 5 seconds place Emanuele Pirro won the 1994 Italian Superturismo Championship against the Alfa driver Antonio Tamburini.

In 1995 Audi replaced the old Audi 80 Quattro with the new A4 Quattro. The new model was dominant winning 14 races on 20. Once again the title went to Emanuele Pirro.

The 1996 saw the triple battle between Rinaldo Capello with A4 Quattro and the 2 ex F1 drivers Emanuele Naspetti and Johnny Cecotto both with BMW 320i. After a promising first half of the season with 6 victories in 10 races, Rinaldo Capello had to defend from the 2 BMW Drivers who won 9 races on 10 in the second half of the season. The final Round in Vallelunga elected Rinaldo Capello as Italian Champion although the big effort of BMW who raced with 6 cars.

In 1997 Audi was burdened with 30kg extra by FIA who also banned the 4WD from the 1998. The consequence was a low competitivity of the two Audi drivers. After 3 years the Italian Title was won again by BMW who took the revenge from 1996 with Emanuele Naspetti who achieved 10 races, 7 second places and 1 this place in a total of 20 races.

In 1998 the Italian Supertouring had to face many problems. Due to a controversial decision the historical Promoter Salerno Corse was replaced by the Sponsor Service. The new promoter decided to make one sprint race of 50km and one endurance race of 100km. Alfa Romeo and Nordauto Engineering (the team that became N.Technology) had run the Alfa Romeo 155 during the 1993–1997 years but wouldn't win the series until they introduced their Alfa Romeo 156 model in 1998. Fabrizio Giovanardi won in that car both in 1998 and 1999.

In 1999 Audi officially withdrew to focus on Le Mans Project, letting just Alfa and BMW to fight for the title.

Due to lack of cars the serie was definitively abandoned at the end of 1999 to allow the creaction of Euro STC in 2000.


The cancellation of the FIA Super Production championship in 2002 would mean the resumption of the Superturismo championship, albeit now under Super Production rules and named the Superproduzione. The SP cars were in many ways less advanced than the Super 2000 relatives in the ETCC. Salvatore Tavano won the 2003 Superproduzione season in an Alfa Romeo 147. The championship became an all-147 series in 2004 won by Adriano De Micheli. The season saw a very low number of entries with between four and six participants each weekend.

The ETCC became the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in 2005. At the same time the Superturismo was truly revived with Super 2000 rules. Alessandro Zanardi would win the first season in a BMW 320i. In 2006 SEAT joined the championship as a full works team with two Leóns driven by Roberto Colciago and Davide Roda. Colciago won the title ahead of returning 1997 champion Emanuele Naspetti in a BMW 320i.

In 2007 the championship changed its promoter to Peroni Promotion and was renamed ITCC (Italian Touring Car Competition).[1] However, grids were small as several teams moved to the WTCC and the Superstars Series, and the series was merged with the Peroni-run Driver's Trophy midway through 2008.

For the 2016 season, the championship adopted TCR regulations for the main class.


Series Name Season Champion Team Champion
Italian Superturismo Championship 1987 Italy Michele Di Gioia (BMW M3) none
1988 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli (Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo) none
1989 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto (BMW M3) none
1990 Italy Roberto Ravaglia (BMW M3) none
1991 Italy Roberto Ravaglia (BMW M3) none
1992 Italy Nicola Larini (Alfa Romeo 155 GTA) Italy Alfa Corse
1993 Italy Roberto Ravaglia (BMW 318i) Italy CiBiEmme Engineering
1994 Italy Emanuele Pirro (Audi 80 Quattro) Italy Audi Sport Italia
1995 Italy Emanuele Pirro (Audi A4 Quattro) Italy Audi Sport Italia
1996 Italy Rinaldo Capello (Audi A4 Quattro) Italy CiBiEmme Engineering
1997 Italy Emanuele Naspetti (BMW 320i) Italy CiBiEmme Engineering
1998 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo 156) Italy Nordauto Engineering
1999 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo 156) Italy Nordauto Engineering
Italian Super Production Championship 2001 Italy Fabio Francia (Alfa Romeo 147) none
2002 Italy Massimo Pigoli (BMW 320i) none
2003 Italy Salvatore Tavano (Alfa Romeo 147) none
2004 Italy Adriano de Micheli (Alfa Romeo 147) none
Italian Superturismo Championship 2005 Italy Alessandro Zanardi (BMW 320i) Italy ROAL Motorsport
2006 Italy Roberto Colciago (SEAT León) Italy SEAT Sport Italia
Italian Touring Car Competition 2007 Italy Cesare Cremonesi (BMW 320i) Italy Arsenio Corse
2008 Italy Massimo Arduini (Honda Accord) Italy Team Mercury GPS
Campionato Italiano Turismo Endurance Italy Luca Cappellari (BMW M3 E92) none
2009 Italy Roberto Colciago (SEAT León Supercopa) none
2010 San Marino Paolo Meloni (BMW M3 E92) none
2011 Italy Piero Necchi (BMW M3 E92) none
2012 Italy Andrea Bacci (BMW M3 E92) none
2013 Italy Giancarlo Busnelli (SEAT León Cupra) none
2014 San Marino Paolo Meloni
Italy Massimiliano Tresoldi (BMW M3 E92)
2015 Italy Valentina Albanese (SEAT León Cup Racer) none
Italian Touring Car Championship 2016 Italy Roberto Colciago (Honda Civic TCR) none
TCR Italian Touring Car Championship 2017 Italy Nicola Baldan (SEAT León TCR) none
2018 Italy Salvatore Tavano (Cupra León TCR) none
2019 Italy Salvatore Tavano (Cupra León TCR) none
2020 Italy Salvatore Tavano (Cupra León Competicion TCR) none
2021 Finland Antti Buri (Hyundai i30 N TCR) none
2022 Netherlands Niels Langeveld (Hyundai Elantra N TCR) none

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