BTCC title battle hots up

Last weekend's controversial Silverstone Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship meeting has left Ford's season-long stranglehold at the top of the driver standings in danger of finally being broken

BTCC title battle hots up

Vauxhall's Yvan Muller is now within 12 points of series leader Alain Menu - with a maximum of 33 available from a race meeting. The Frenchman is a mere seven points shy of second placed Anthony Reid, Menu's team mate.

"I'm very happy with this result. It puts me right back in the championship," said Muller after his win in the feature race. "I am quite happy with the balance of my car now and I hope to keep it like this. The championship is still wide open and for sure anything can happen."

This situation appeared highly unlikely at the beginning of the season, when the Ford Mondeos seemed set to carry all before them. However, technical clarification to curb the Ford's adventurous interpretation of aerodynamic rules, plus progress by the Honda and Vauxhall squads, have left Vauxhall's number one driver within striking distance of the once-dominant Fords.

Rickard Rydell's appalling weekend in the third Ford Mondeo undoubtedly boosted the Vauxhall title bid - the double pole-sitter was forced to pit in the Sprint race due to a loose bumper, and was excluded from the feature due to a technical ineligibility issue - thought to refer to alleged discrepancies in the rear wing of the Swede's Mondeo.

Ford is set to appeal against this decision, so the results of round 12 remain provisional. If Rydell were to regain his points for second place in the feature, he would leapfrog Vauxhall number 2 driver Jason Plato, and sit within two points of Muller - wiping out the third placed man's cushion over the next driver at a stroke.

In addition, a coming together between James Thompson and Vincent Radermacker - due to be considered at the next meeting at Croft - could alter the championship standings if either driver is docked points for the incident.

Drivers' points:
1 Menu Ford 110
2 Reid Ford 105
3 Muller Vauxhall 98
4 Plato Vauxhall 85
5 Rydell Ford 84
6 Tarquini Honda 75
7 Kristensen Honda 66
8 Thompson Honda 49
9 Radermecker Vauxhall 48
10 Neal Nissan 40

Manufacturers' points:
Ford 288
Vauxhall 233
Honda 199

shares
comments
Thompson and Muller take wins at Silverstone

Previous article

Thompson and Muller take wins at Silverstone

Next article

Croft preview: Thommo, Rydell look for three

Croft preview: Thommo, Rydell look for three
Load comments
The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great Plus

The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great

Already established as a formidable force in the British Saloon Car Championship, the Triumph Dolomite became a legend in 1977 when Tony Dron's Broadspeed machine frequently embarrassed the mighty Capris

BTCC
May 18, 2021
Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Plus

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s plenty of talking points elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action

BTCC
May 7, 2021
The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best Plus

The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best

The Lancashire squad of Ciceley Motorsport has been a BTCC race winner for several years with Adam Morgan and Mercedes. But the switch to WSR-built BMWs and addition of Tom Chilton as a true barometer for Morgan should see the team step up into title contention

BTCC
May 6, 2021
How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC Plus

How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC

After topping the times at the end of British Touring Car Championship pre-season testing, it feels like Gordon Shedden has never been away. But after plenty of changes behind the scenes, the three-time champion is bedding himself in to pick up where he left off

BTCC
May 5, 2021
Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out' Plus

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out'

After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes

BTCC
May 4, 2021
How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait Plus

How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait

After seven years together, Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport have amicably split and gone down separate paths for the 2021 BTCC season. With engineer Spencer Aldridge joining him at the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai squad, Ingram is confident he can challenge for titles from the off

BTCC
Apr 30, 2021
How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary Plus

How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary

The Dolomite Sprint was a potent giantkilling weapon during the 1970s in the British Saloon Car Championship, now known as the BTCC. Tin-top legend Andy Rouse explains how it became such a force

BTCC
Apr 25, 2021
The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years Plus

The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years

It’s four decades since one of UK motorsport’s most successful teams made its debut at Silverstone in British Formula 3. Now it’s top dog in the BTCC, time to blow out some candles with boss Dick Bennetts

BTCC
Mar 12, 2021