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After Virtua Racing, Daytona USA and Sega Rally, yet another classic SEGA arcade racer (this time, from the Model 2C CRX architecture) is converted for home users. After open-wheel, stock and rally cars, Sega took on the popular European Touring Car races (factory models modified for racing), featuring four real models (Alfa Romeo 155V6TI, Toyota Supra GT, AMG Mercedes C-Class and Opel Calibra V6) as well as some hidden cars. Some models feature four-wheel drive (easier to control on sharper turns) while other only have rear-wheel drive (forcing the player to calculate turns properly so the car doesn't skid). Because of this, gameplay is notoriously tighter and less forgiving than in any of the previous titles by Sega.

Like with other Sega arcade ports, this home versions features both an "Arcade" and a "PC"/"Saturn" mode (the biggest difference being the time constraints and inability to use tweaked cars in arcade) with the usual Championship (three races in a row) and Time Attack modes, and a 2P split-screen race is also available. There are three tracks, plus one more as the final race (as usual with contemporary Sega arcade racers), and two viewpoints (behind and front bumper) are at the disposal of the player. As usual, there are additional modes, tracks and cars to be unlocked for those proficient in the game.

Another feature was the "Global Ranking" mode, where players of either version could e-mail Sega of Japan a password containing his times, and compare them to the World's finest players, as well as in special one-day only "Global Net Events".

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Sega Touring Car Championship Windows The Replay allows to follow the race from many angles
Sega Touring Car Championship Windows Don't drive like it's Sega Rally, or this wiill happen
Sega Touring Car Championship Windows Qualification, now with D3D turned on
Sega Touring Car Championship Windows Grunwald Circuit

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PC Jeux Windows Feb, 1998 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 04, 1998 79 out of 100 79
PC Joker Windows Feb, 1998 72 out of 100 72
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA Saturn Jun 05, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Gamesmania.de Windows 1998 60 out of 100 60
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Jan 22, 1998 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jun, 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb, 1998 36 out of 100 36
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Feb 13, 2005 D 25
Computer Games Magazine Windows Apr 15, 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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