BTCC all set for titanic title tussle at Brands Hatch

28 Sep 17

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship reaches it’s crescendo at Brands Hatch this weekend (30 September/ 1 October) with Ashley Sutton and Colin Turkington set to go head-to-head for the 2017 title.

In what has been another blockbuster campaign, just three races now remain with the Grand Prix layout of the iconic Kent venue providing a fitting stage for the finale.

Travelling the length and breadth of the country, 12 drivers have taken victory this season in six different makes of car, underlining the competitiveness of the series is as strong as ever.

At the top of the standings, Sutton and Turkington enter the weekend separated by just ten points with a maximum of 67 up for grabs.

In only his second season in the BTCC, Sutton has been a revelation at the wheel of his Subaru Levorg, taking six wins and a further seven podium finishes.

Since failing to score a point at the season-opener, the Team BMR driver has become a one-man juggernaut, with his championship charge gathering pace at every round.

West Surrey Racing’s Turkington meanwhile has once again proved to be as consistent as ever. The Team BMW driver has bagged three wins and made nine additional visits to the rostrum to put him in a position to score a third title.

Going wheel-to-wheel at Silverstone, all eyes will be on Sutton and Turkington this weekend as they duke it out for the biggest prize in British motorsport.

Gordon Shedden and Tom Ingram are both in mathematical contention for the overall title too, however they have an uphill battle to conquer if either of them are to take the championship.

Ingram can still get his hands on a title this weekend though as he looks to cement his status in the Independent Drivers’ standings. The Speedworks Motorsport driver holds a 31 point lead over Jack Goff.

Speedworks could also clinch a second crown as they aim to take a maiden Independent Teams’ title. A mere 20 points separate them, Eurotech Racing and Motorbase Performance and with 60 points available, this scrap will be another to watch on race day.

Away from the championship battles, all drivers will be keen to sign their seasons off on a high with a trio of good results. Matt Neal, Andrew Jordan, Rob Collard and Mat Jackson are just four race winners that will be keen to make a return to the top of the rostrum.

Meanwhile, the likes of Adam Morgan, Josh Cook, Rob Austin and Tom Chilton, amongst others, are yet to grace the top step of the podium and will be eager to do so before the curtain falls.

After nine events and 27 races, the destiny of the BTCC title is set to go down to the wire once again but picking a winner is proving to be even tougher than last year - despite there only being two realistic contenders.

It all comes down to Brands Hatch, may the best man win….

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