The British Touring Car Championship heads to Brands Hatch for the season finale this weekend. Just 32 points separate the top three contenders, with 67 points on offer.
Honda Yuasa Racing man Gordon Shedden, champion in 2012, leads the standings by 23 points from Team BMR’s Jason Plato, who is a further nine points ahead of teammate and reigning champion Colin Turkington.
Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan have a mathematical chance of taking the title, but both need disaster to strike the top three if they are to make up the deficit.
Shedden’s results haven’t been spectacular over the course of the season, but he has managed to score points in all but three of the 27 races held so far. Plato, by contrast, has five wins to Shedden’s four, but has failed to score on six occasions.
Turkington also has four wins on his record and fewer non-scores, but hasn’t managed to finish on the podium as often as his rivals. Even allowing for time to adjust to racing a front-wheel-drive car for the first time in a decade or so, the Northern Irishman might have been hoping for more from the season.
Of the top three, Plato has by far the most wins on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, having taken victory nine times. But it’s not like the other two are incapable of winning there and we have to consider the vital element of luck.
Fortunately the weather looks unseasonably fine and dry for race day, but literally anything could happen out on track. Reliability could be an issue, punctures are a possibility and there’s always the chance of being taken out in a crash.
There are simply too many variables and too many points permutations to predict who will ultimately be crowned champion. Indeed, it’s entirely possible that the matter won’t be decided until the chequered flag falls on the third, final race of the day.
Which, surely is exactly what we want; a 30 race series going quite literally down to the wire.
BTCC Drivers’ Championship top ten after after 27 races
- Gordon Shedden — Honda Yuasa Racing/Honda Civic Type R — 325 points
- Jason Plato — Team BMR RCIB Insurance/Volkswagen CC — 302
- Colin Turkington — Team BMR RCIB Insurance/Volkswagen CC — 293
- Matt Neal — Honda Yuasa Racing/Honda Civic Type R — 288
- Andrew Jordan — MG Pirtek Racing/MG6 GT — 261
- Sam Tordoff — JCT600 Racing w. GardX/BMW 125i M Sport — 256
- Andy Priaulx — Team IHG Rewards Club/BMW 125i M Sport — 229
- Adam Morgan — WIX Racing/Mercedes A-Class — 226
- Jack Goff — MG 5 Star Cases Racing/MG6 GT — 207
- Rob Collard — JCT600 Racing w. GardX/BMW 125i M Sport — 204
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