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British Touring Car Championship 2015 - the story so far

Tuesday, July 28 2015

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship returns from its summer break at Snetterton next weekend (8/9 August), after an opening 15 rounds full of excitement and intrigue. Here's a recap on events so far this year.

Brands Hatch

The season began in Kent with a sensational comeback pole position for Andy Priaulx, who replaced reigning champion Colin Turkington at WSR. Team-mate Rob Collard passed him in the opening race to take the first win of the season. After Jason Plato's BMR VW succumbed to a puncture after dominating the second encounter, Priaulx bounced back to challenge Gordon Shedden to the flag. Matt Neal completed a double victory for the brand new Honda Racing Civic Type-R in the reverse-grid finale.

Donington

Turkington took his first pole position and win for victory team BMR, but only after team-mate Plato had claimed the opener. The third race was a classic reverse-grid race, with plenty of incident that saw Aron Smith take impressive rookie Josh Cook out of the lead, only for Neal to take the first repeat win of the year.

Thruxton

Thruxton saw Smith claim pole position, but Shedden and Plato won the opening races, and amongst the fighting in the third, Adam Morgan held on to the lead and took his second championship victory.

Oulton Park

Plato was near-dominant in Cheshire and converted pole position into a brace of wins. He finished the third race in an impressive fifth place to vault to the top of the standings, after Sam Tordoff took his first victory since switching to WSR over the winter.

Croft

WSR's return to form continued in Yorkshire, where they dominated the weekend and all three drivers shared the wins. Tordoff used his Oulton Park momentum to take pole position, but Priaulx executed a fine pass to beat him to the line in the opener, before Tordoff hit back in the second race. Collard was best placed to take the finale heading into the summer break.

Meanwhile Shedden scored plenty of points at Croft to head into the break leading the standings by ten points from Plato, who sacrificed the opening race in order to get a good grid position for the second. His strategy became a major talking point and the element could well be brought into play at Snetterton.

Tordoff's run of form has placed him fourth, between Neal and Turkington, whilst Andrew Jordan, yet to win since switching to MG, is sixth and ready to break his duck in Norfolk, where the car has traditionally performed well. Just 39 points covers the top six, and the order is likely to change following three frantic races at Snetterton.

BTCC championship top ten standings
1. Gordon Shedden 195pts
2. Jason Plato 185pts
3. Matt Neal 173pts
4. Sam Tordoff 162pts
5. Colin Turkington 161pts
6. Andrew Jordan 156pts
7. Adam Morgan 128pts
8. Robert Collard 127pts
9. Andy Priaulx 126pts
10. Jack Goff 124pts

The next round of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is at Snetterton on 8/9 August. Tickets are available from £26, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.