Lots of intangibles go into tire selection. Driver style, car setup, typical weather conditions at local events, course design, course length and more. If you see a certain tire keep showing at or near the top in many places, that is a good clue.
In my world, Phoenix Arizona and nearby cities, my choice (and input) has evolved to the BFG Rival. I ran Dunlop Star Specs, Hankook RS3's, and then the BFG on my H Stock 08 Hatch, and now on my STF 06 3i its been all BFG. Period.
Had some very good results so far as the car has evolved, and am really liking the tires under our local conditions, courses and weather.
Did I mention at was 85* here today? Little warm for February.
2006 Mazda 3S Sport - Making it the best that it can be