Motorsport: Colin Turkington in final bid to retain BTCC title at Brands Hatch

Portadown's Colin Turkington is bidding to retain the British Touring Car title he won in 2014.
Portadown's Colin Turkington is bidding to retain the British Touring Car title he won in 2014.

The British Touring Car Championship reaches a climax this weekend over the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch and Colin Turkington is one of five drivers who can claim the 2015 title.

To date there have been ten different drivers on the top step of the BTCC podium this year and after nine race meetings spanning the length and breadth of the country, the championship once again has come right down to the wire and could be decided in the very last race.

Turkington is the reigning champion and he will be mounting a maximum effort behind the wheel of his Team BMR Volkswagen CC to retain his crown.

“I have really got to go for it, however should Shedden keep out of trouble and score well in all of the three races he will be the driver to beat,” said Turkington.

Sixty seven points are on offer across the final three races, giving five drivers a mathematical chance of leaving the Kent circuit with the most coveted trophy in UK motorsport.

Honda Yuasa Racing driver Gordon Shedden has the target on his back as he leads the way at the top of the standings by 23 points following a remarkable first showing from the all-new Honda Civic Type R. He is being chased every inch of the way by Turkington’s team-mate Plato by just nine pointe, while triple BTCC champ Matt Neal lies fourth for Honda with the MG of Andrew Jordan rounding out the top five.

There are an incredible nine titles between them, making this undoubtedly one of the most top quality and experienced battles for supremacy in the series’ history.

The momentum is with Shedden, who will be doing everything in his power to keep Plato and his other rivals behind him.

There are likely to be no team orders at BMR and so neither Plato nor Turkington can expect any favours from each other.

Apart from the main championship Turkington heads the points table for the Independent Drivers’ Championship and again it is Plato who could steal the prize, who is only 26 points adrift.

The weekend is shaping up to be one of the best in the British Touring Car Championship to date.