The ETC was a very second-rate championship, no wonder with the WTCC. Like the WTCC, an entry fee of $6.000 (10% of the WTCC fee) was necessary to get championship points. Only a few teams bothered.
Originally, the ETCC and WTCC would share a few rounds, like Monza and Spa, but in the end just 7 ETCC-only races were held. The Linder BMW team, set for the championship, duly won, without any serious opposition; other BMW works teams were set for the WTCC, like Ford, which only contested a few rounds - as a test. A brave Belgian Toyota privateer team got 3rd and 4th in the championship, despite the scoring system, which favoured high overall placings.
The only positive thing to tell is that the championship was deservedly won by Winfried Vogt, an underestimated driver by all means.
The ETCC would return to its former glory in 1988, since the world championship would be axed by then. Unfortunately, it would be the last ETCC for some time...