BTCC: Brands Hatch Showdown Lowdown

Five drivers head into the season finale at Brands Hatch this weekend with the chance of becoming champion. Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden, Colin Turkington and Jason Plato have all been champion before, but Andrew Jordan is on the cusp of winning his first overall championship. He has a comfortable 34 point lead over nearest rival Neal but, as has been demonstrated during the year, a couple of bad races can turn the whole thing on its head. Honda have confirmed that Neal will race despite a broken finger.  Here is how all five drivers have stacked up this year:

1) Andrew Jordan – 378 points

Outright pole positions: 2
Wins: 6
Podiums: 12
Fastest laps: 7
Point scoring finishes: 27
Average finishing position: 4.4

Jordan has the enviable record of finishing every race so far in the points. He is tied on wins with Plato and with Neal on podiums. Jordan has a total of 9 bonus points from his two pole positions and seven fastest laps.

2) Matt Neal – 344 points

Outright pole positions: 0
Wins: 4
Podiums: 12
Fastest laps: 1
Point scoring finishes: 25
Average finishing position: 4.7

Neal has finished 25 of 27 races in the points and has just one bonus point from a fastest lap. He has the same number of podiums as championship leader Jordan, but fewer wins.

3) Gordon Shedden – 343 points

Outright pole positions: 1
Wins: 4
Podiums: 16
Fastest laps: 5
Point scoring finishes: 22
Average finishing position: 4.9

Reigning champion Shedden is just one point shy of his team-mate’s tally, and has fewer point scoring finishes. His strength is his impressive podium tally – he has finished off the podium just six times (not including races he retired from). He also has six bonus points from one pole position and five fastest laps.

4) Colin Turkington – 330 points

Outright pole positions: 1
Wins: 5
Podiums: 10
Fastest laps: 3
Point scoring finishes: 25
Average finishing position: 4.5

Returnee Turkington has enjoyed a successful year with five wins and ten podiums. He has consistently finished in the points, failing to do so on just two occasions. He has four bonus points from a pole position and three fastest laps.

5) Jason Plato – 329 points

Outright pole positions: 3
Wins: 6
Podiums: 10
Fastest laps: 4
Point scoring finishes: 22
Average finishing position: 4.7

Plato is tied with Jordan on race wins but has fewer podiums. He has finished in the points the same amount of times as Shedden and the same amount of podiums as Turkington. Plato has benefitted from three pole postions as well as four fastest laps.

A few numbers

There are 67 points in total available over the weekend, broken down as follows:

  1. 1 bonus point for pole position
  2. 22 points maximum per race (1 for leading & 1 for fastest lap & 20 for winning)

So if Andrew Jordan has more than a 42 point lead after race one he will have the championship wrapped up.

If…

Andrew Jordan qualifies on pole position, leads a lap, gets fastest lap and wins race one:

  • Matt Neal needs to finish no lower than third to prevent him from winning the championship
  • Gordon Shedden needs to finish no lower than third to stay in contention
  • Colin Turkington and Jason Plato would drop out of contention

Jordan is also on the cusp of winning the Independents Championship for a second year running. He has a 57 point advantage over Turkington, who is the only driver still mathematically in contention.

If the action is anything like it has been the rest of the year, then we are in for a dramatic conclusion to the 2013 British Touring Car Championship. As we have seen before, anything can happen, so realistically – any of the top five could be walking away with a championship. Bring it on!

 

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