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Five-way title chase develops as BTCC heads to Snetterton

Monday, June 24 2013

The four Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champions dominate the title standings as the series heads to Snetterton for the next round on 3/4 August. Meanwhile Andrew Jordan remains on course to challenge for his first championship as he returns to the Norfolk circuit after winning there last year.

A win in the final race at Croft yesterday has consolidated Matt Neal's position at the top of the leaderboard, 19 points ahead of Jordan. After his victory Neal said: "Every win is a special one but I was counting every lap down in that one. We're only halfway through the season but it's great to go into the summer break with the bragging rights as championship leader. I am going to make the most of that for the next six weeks before we come back at Snetterton."

With more than 50 points on offer at Snetterton, any one of the top five could leave Norfolk with the title lead. This list includes Colin Turkington, who almost took a perfect score from Croft, with pole position, two wins and a second place. This propelled him to fifth place in the title race, on his comeback year in the championship. The Irishman is aiming to regain the crown in a brand new BMW 1-Series.

Turkington said: "It was pretty perfect to be honest. I couldn't have predicted that I'd score so well but I've been on good form all weekend and the team has done a great job. We know what makes the car tick now so we'll keep working hard to see if we can close the gap on Honda and MG in the championship."

Turkington is now just four points behind reigning champion Gordon Shedden and double title winner Jason Plato. The latter's weekend was spoilt by a poor tyre choice in the second race, which left him a lap down on the leaders. Plato's team mate Sam Tordoff also fell foul of the decision, however he is just 40 points shy of the MG team leader in his debut season and has won at Snetterton in both the BTCC-supporting Porsche Carrera Cup and Renault Clio Cup categories.

A packed field containing more than ten potential race winners will contest the three BTCC races on the Sunday at Snetterton, which will also be supported by the Ginetta GT Supercup, Ginetta Juniors and Formula Ford championships. The event also features a free pit walk and autograph session plus family-themed entertainment, whilst new grandstands enhance a viewing experience that includes panoramic spectator banking on the 300 circuit.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship top six
1. Matt Neal, 224
2. Andrew Jordan, 205
3. Gordon Shedden, 188
4. Jason Plato, 188
5. Colin Turkington, 184
6. Sam Tordoff, 148

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton are available from £26 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.