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The Championnat de France de Supertourisme (English: French Supertouring Championship) was a Touring Car championship organised by the Fédération Française du Sport Automobile between 1976 and 2005.

The championship was contested on several circuits around France, with points awarded for driver classification. The winning driver was the one with the most points at the end of the season.

From the inaugral season in 1976, the cars were run to Group 2 specification, and the championship was called the Championnat Français de Voiture de Tourisme (French Touring Car Championship). From 1982, Group A rules were adopted to replace the outgoing Group 2, but in 1987 and 1988 Group B were allowed to run alongside Group A, dominating the series.

A major change happened in 1991, when the FFSA adopted a set of regulations similar to the British Touring Car Championship, with a maximum engine displacement of 2000 cc. In 1994, these regulations were formally codified by the FIA as Supertouring, resulting in the name change to Championnat de France de Supertourisme. All works teams abandoned the championship at the end of 1995 but the series soldiered on with privateers. To make up the numbers, rally kitcars were allowed on the grid.

In 2001, Supertouring cars were replaced in the series by silhouette cars. Despite the change of class, the series retained its name. The final season was held in 2005, when because of rising costs the championship was cancelled.

ChampionsEdit

Year Driver Car
1976 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BMW 3.0
1977 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BMW 530
1978 22px-Flag of France Lucien Guitteny Ford Capri RS
1979 22px-Flag of France Dany Snobeck Ford Capri RS
1980 22px-Flag of France Dany Snobeck Ford Escort
1981 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Malcher BMW 320
1982 22px-Flag of France René Metge Rover 3500
1983 22px-Flag of France Alain Cudini Alfa Romeo GTV
1984 22px-Flag of France Dany Snobeck Alfa Romeo GTV
1985 22px-Flag of France Jean-Louis Schlesser Rover Vitesse
1986 22px-Flag of France Xavier Lapeyre Audi Quattro
1987 22px-Flag of France Érik Comas Renault 5 Maxi Turbo
1988 22px-Flag of France Jean Ragnotti Renault 21 Turbo
1989 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Malcher BMW M3
1990 22px-Flag of France Jean-Pierre Malcher BMW M3
1991 22px-Flag of France Xavier Lapeyre Audi 80 quattro
1992 22px-Flag of France Marc Sourd Audi 80 quattro
1993 Flag of Germany Frank Biela Audi 80 quattro
1994 22px-Flag of France Laurent Aiello Peugeot 405 Mi16
1995 22px-Flag of France Yvan Muller BMW 318i
1996 22px-Flag of France Eric Cayrolle BMW 320i
1997 22px-Flag of France Eric Cayrolle BMW 320i
1998 22px-Flag of France Eric Cayrolle BMW 320i
1999 22px-Flag of France William David Peugeot 406
2000 22px-Flag of France William David Peugeot 406
2001 22px-Flag of France Jean-Philippe Dayraut BMW M3 Silhouette
2002 22px-Flag of France Soheil Ayari Peugeot 406 Silhouette
2003 22px-Flag of France Christophe Bouchut SEAT Cordoba Silhouette
2004 22px-Flag of France Soheil Ayari Peugeot 406 Silhouette
2005 22px-Flag of France Soheil Ayari Peugeot 406 Silhouette

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