BTCC finale - Five champions fighting for 2015 title
Five drivers, all with previous championship titles to their names, head to Brands Hatch this weekend to the 2015 British Touring Car Championship season’s finale. The ‘big five’ are Honda Yuasa’s Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal, Team BMR’s Jason Plato and Colin Turkington and MG Triple Eight’s Andrew Jordan.
After an exciting 27 races, we will witness the thrilling finish and the battle between top UK’s touring car drivers on the famous Grand Prix circuit. Through the season, we saw ten different drivers on the top step of the BTCC podium and the season is ending with outstanding closeness and competitiveness, so five drivers can still take the BTCC trophy.
A total of 67 points are on offer in the three finals races and five drivers are inside that point’s range. Honda Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden is the leader. Driving a Honda Civic Type R, he collected 23 points more than Team BMR’s Jason Plato, who drove a totally different type of car – a Volkswagen CC. Reigning champion Colin Turkington trails his teammate Plato by just nine points. Triple BTCC champ Matt Neal is on fourth with 37 points less than Shedden. Andrew Jordan rounds out the top five, with 64 points less than the leader. There are incredible nine titles between five of them, making this undoubtedly one of the most top quality and experienced battles for supremacy in the series’ illustrious history.
In the last round at Silverstone, Shedden extended his advantage as Plato suffered a puncture in race one that dropped him out of the points’ race. However, just over a month earlier, the Scotsman didn’t finish at Snetterton, so nothing can be predicted for the last round, apart from the fact that a single error or a bit of bad luck at Brands Hatch GP circuit could end the championship hopes for any of the contenders.
It’s not just the overall Drivers’ championship that will be decided on the last race day of the weekend. Jason Plato and Colin Turkington will also fight for the Independents’ trophy as Turkington tops that table from Plato by just 26 points. The WIX Racing Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan is also a close competitor as he’s 46 points behind. The Teams’ championship also remains up for grabs, with Team BMR RCIB Insurance leading the way, ahead of their nearest rival Honda Yuasa Racing.
Not only will the top five drivers be in focus at the Brands Hatch but also will the spotlight be on Motorbase Performance, which is held at the same track and is based just a feyw minutes from the Brands Hatch front gates. Its main racer Mat Jackson has scored two pole positions and two wins already. The touring car veteran Alain Menu will be back in the Team BMR’s Volkswagen CC as a replacement for injured team boss Warren Scott. His experience guarantees good drives and he also promised that he will try to help his teammates in the fight for the title.
All three BTCC races will take place on Sunday, with live television telecast from 10:15 to 18:30, local time. As usual, the race schedule will be expanded with other series—the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, MSA Formula, Renault UK Clio Cup, Ginetta Junior Championship and Ginetta GT4 Supercup.