2014: BTCC Brands Hatch Championship Decider

Only two drivers remain in mathematical contention for the 2014 British Touring Car Championship. On one side we have championship leader Colin Turkington and on the other side we have Jason Plato. 50 points separate the two and, while it looks like Turkington has it in the bag, even a points difference that big is not a guarantee. The British Touring Car Championship is well known for throwing a curveball. 2012 champion Gordon Shedden currently lies in third – but 100 points behind – with reigning champion Andrew Jordan fifth. Mat Jackson has enjoyed a return to the sharp end of proceedings but is more than 100 points off the top in fourth place.

Here is a quick look at how Turkington and Plato have stacked up this year:

1) Colin Turkington – 417 points

Outright pole positions: 3
Wins: 8
Podiums: 10
Fastest laps: 10
Point scoring finishes: 25
DNFs: 2
Average finishing position: 2.96

Turkington’s eight wins and 10 further podiums have put him in a very good position in the championship. He has also gained 13 bonus points from pole positions and fastest laps.

2) Jason Plato – 367 points

Outright pole positions: 3
Wins: 5
Podiums: 8
Fastest laps: 2
Point scoring finishes: 26
DNFs: 1
Average finishing position: 4.1

Plato has less DNFs than Turkington, but a slightly worse average finishing position. Three pole positions and five wins have helped him in the championship, with bonus points also coming from two fastest laps.

A few numbers

Neither driver is a stranger to winning the championship. Turkington has three titles to his name – the 2007 & 2009 Independent championships and the 2009 British Touring Car Championship. Plato on the other hand has two titles, winning the ‘big one’ in both 2001 and 2010.

There are 67 points available this weekend broken up in the following way:

  1. 1 bonus point for pole position
  2. 22 points maximum per race (20 for a win; 1 for leading; 1 for fastest lap)

So, if Turkington has a 44 point lead after the first race  he will have the championship wrapped up.

Plato’s team-mate Sam Tordoff has impressed this season and can give Plato a hand in proceedings. West Surrey Racing have put in a monumental effort to make sure Rob Collard’s car is ready for the weekend following his big accident at Silverstone two weeks ago. He and Turkington will be joined by Nick Foster on the grid and with a highest placing of fourth this year – including a fifth at Brands Hatch earlier in the year – he could also give a helping hand to Turkington.

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