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Brands Hatch BTCC finale preview - by Fraser West

Tuesday, September 25 2018

The fate of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will be decided on the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend, with three races on Sunday 30 September.

Ahead of the finale, BTCC fan Fraser West gave us his appraisal of the championship contenders, as well as the others he expects to make a mark this weekend, and looks back at the high points of their respective seasons.

 

The Contenders

Turkington _24

Championship leader: Colin Turkington, Team BMW, 300pts

Colin has had a great season so far. After winning at Oulton Park earlier in the season, the August Knockhill meeting was one of his best of the season - second in each the first and third race, and fourth in the second. Colin tends to race better than he qualifies, and he's achieved plenty of strong results in the second half of the season despite mixed results in qualifying.

Colin usually does well at Brands Hatch, so he's in a strong position ahead of what should be an interesting three races.

 

Ingram _29

The chaser: Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport, 266 points

Tom has had some of his best results of this season at Brands Hatch, when he followed up fourth place in the season opener by leading race two and a win in race three. Last year at this event Tom finished second in race one, sixth in race two and fourth in race three. Unlike his main title rival, Tom is driving a front-wheel-drive car which means he could have an advantage in the wet.

Last year, Tom and his Speedworks team finished top for the Independents Championship.

Can they go one better this time?

 

Chilton _19

The outsider: Tom Chilton, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher, 236pts

Tom heads to Brands Hatch with a slim chance of winning the championship.

The Oulton Park meeting was one of his best of the season, as he finished second and third in the opening two races to kick-start a strong second half of the year. Tom has driven in the BTCC on and off since 2002 and, after only returning full-time last year, he's done well to get to third place this year.

Others to watch

 

Sutton -25

Ashley Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, 227pts


His best results of the season so far came at Croft. He qualified on pole and won the first and second races. He's won three more races since then. Since qualifying 18th, and finishing seventh for the opening race of the year, Sutton's form has improved and he would have taken a sixth victory at Knockhill if he hadn't been disqualified for damaging his car. The car has improved a lot over the second half of the season. He does very well both in the wet and with extra ballast weight.

Morgan _22

 

Adam Morgan, MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport, 227pts

His best weekend of the season so far came at Rockingham, where he came first in race one, second in race two and eighth in race three. He also had race wins at Donington and Thruxton. Adam took his first win at Brands Hatch in 2014 and he did well there in 2015 taking two podium finishes. In 2011 Morgan won the Ginetta GT Super Cup and he's been competing in BTCC successfully since 2012.

 

Cook _19

Josh Cook, Power Maxed TAG Racing, 222pts

His best results this season were at Donington Park, where he took his first BTCC race win, ahead of a seventh place finish in race two, and second in race three. Cook also won at Thruxton and did well at Knockhill to claim three top-six finishes. Cook didn't do too well at this meeting last year, but was on the podium in 2016. He is a good racer and always interesting to watch!

 

Jordan -23

Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, 217pts

His best results this season were at Knockhill where he qualified third for the first race and finished fourth. He then won the second race before finishing the day with another third place. For the first half of the season he qualified better than raced but in the second half his race results have improved. Andrew has very good car control because of his previous driving experience in rallycross where he did very well.

 

Goff _23web

Jack Goff, WIX Racing with Eurotech, 215pts

Jack's best results of the season came at Snetterton where he won the first race, and came second in the Diamond Double finale. Jack did well at Brands Hatch last year, finishing second in the final race of the season. Jack is a graduate of the club-level MG Trophy where he did very well, and he began his BTCC career in 2013.

 

Neal (12 Of 32)

Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, 188pts

Thruxton provided his best results this season. He qualified on pole, came first in race one, third in race two and eighth in race three. His most consistent results on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in the last three years were in 2015 when he came seventh in the first two races, and fifth in race three. His first full season in the BTCC was 1992. He's a very experienced driver who won his third BTCC title in 2011. This year he is in ninth in the standings, but driving a new car, and he did win the championship's 60th anniversary race at Snetterton this year…

 

Cammish _26web

Dan Cammish Halfords Yuasa Racing, 176pts

Dan only came into the BTCC this year. He spent last year competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and the pan-European Porsche Supercup, in which he won the Le Mans 24 Hours support race. He also took the British Formula Ford title in 2013 by winning all 24 races he contested. This year his best result came at Donington Park where he came second in race one - he's since finished third four more times.

 

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch on 29/30 September are available online in advance until midday on Thursday with free entry for under-13s. Tickets can be booked by calling 0843 453 9000 or by clicking here.