How the BTCC title contenders rate their chances
This hasn't been the easiest of years for anyone, but one thing has remained the same: a gripping BTCC title fight. Ahead of its final round at Brands Hatch this weekend, Autosport polled the five challengers for their thoughts on their prospects
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.
Expectations were high for the start of the British Touring Car Championship’s hybrid power era, and despite nerves and problems to solve prior to its debut the new rules gained widespread approval. Here’s how the first test at Donington Park was passed and the thorough examinations that are to follow
Reigning BTCC champion Ash Sutton and Porsche Carrera Cup GB victor Dan Cammish form a potent line-up at the Motorbase-run NAPA Racing team as the series adopts hybrid power. With Sutton bringing the key components of his title-winning Laser Tools Racing set-up, and Cammish eager to prove a point on his return, their dynamic is set to be one of the season's major talking points
Veteran team manager Marvin Humphries and former Tech-Speed team boss has worked not only with stars of the British Touring Car Championship, but legends including Gil de Ferran, Hans Stuck and Tom Sneva in a long and varied career that has spanned five decades across tin-tops, single-seaters and sportscars
Having started out in club-level competitions alongside his own university engineering studies, Josh Cook's journey to becoming an established frontrunner in the British Touring Car Championship is atypical. But it's these experiences that have moulded the 30-year-old into a humble star, respected throughout the paddock
A refresh in equipment and some returning faces helped contribute to a supremely competitive 2021 British Touring Car Championship campaign. Ash Sutton was crowned a three-time champion, successfully defending his 2020 title, but faced stiff competition in the final year before the switch to hybrid. Autosport picks out the best performers
Ballast will be gone from the BTCC next year as hybrid power enters the scene, but for its final season the maximum was increased from 60kg to 75kg. Despite having to carry that nearly all season, Ash Sutton was always the favourite to pocket a third title - the 27-year-old getting his reward for a season of speed tempered by savvy to nail his opportunities
OPINION: It's not often that a driver achieves widespread affection for their personality, as well as their on-track performances. One such individual is Gabriele Tarquini, who will soon bring the curtain down on a remarkable career that has yielded touring car titles on the European and global stage - and, famously, in Britain too
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