Well, we made it. During the painful year of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic saw to it that the British Touring Car Championship season couldn't kick off until August, and at no point have crowds been admitted to circuits due to the series' status as Elite Sport. But, with eight rounds down, that status has saved the day regarding the season finale. Elite Sport events are exempt under the November lockdown, and that means five drivers can fight it out this weekend on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.
Four-time champion Colin Turkington leads the way in his West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330i M Sport, but Ash Sutton is just nine points adrift in this, his first campaign with the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50, run by his old pals at the BMR Engineering concern.
This rear-wheel-drive pair are challenged by front-wheel-drive opposition in the forms of Dan Cammish (Team Dynamics-run Honda Civic Type R), Tom Ingram (Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla) and Rory Butcher (Motorbase Performance Ford Focus). Cammish is 25 points behind Turkington, Ingram is 34 off the summit, and Butcher only has the slenderest of mathematical chances - he's 63 off the top with 67 available.