Colin Turkington has joined the greatest BTCC drivers as he wins his fourth title after a dramatic season finale at the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
Race one saw Turkington start on pole position in greasy conditions at Brands. Ash Sutton started alongside him and got the better start out of the two. Behind Andrew Jordan and Rory Butcher had a tussle, this lost Jordan momentum and allowed Jake Hill to come through. Matt Simpson had a hefty off at Paddock Hill causing a safety car bunching the field back up again. The rain began to fall under the safety car, this prompted a number of cars to pit. Matt Neal is the first to emerge while Turkington, Sutton, Butcher and Cammish stay out. Butcher initially took the lead as the rear wheel drive cars struggle. Dan Cammish carved his way through the cars as the Honda came alive, passing his rivals Jordan and Turkington. Butcher held the inside line to paddock hill but Cammish drove around the outside of him to gain the lead, which he never looked back on. Neal carved his way through to finish second taking crucial points away from Turkington who finished 5th and Jordan 8th.
Race two was where the drama really unfolded. Cammish led away at the start, but immediately comes under pressure from the rear wheel drive car of Turkington. Matt Neal began to tussle with Turkington with Neal tapping the back of Turkington’s car seeing the BMW driver spin round and tumble down the order. Turkington gambled on pitting for slicks in a bid to climb the order however it didn’t work meaning he finished 25th with no points. Sutton proved how much he loves greasy/wet conditions taking the lead and his first victory of the year. Andrew Jordan kept his title hopes alive by finishing second meaning the gap was closing in the points table. Cammish finished the race in third meaning he now topped the points table for the first time.
Race three and it was all to play for. Turkington started in 25th place, with his two rivals way up front. Cammish held a 14 point lead and knew that if he finished ahead of Turkington it would be enough to win his first title. Stephen Jelley started on pole with Plato beside him. Jelley initially led the way until Plato got the better of him and led the race to the flag to take his first victory of the season. It was behind with the championship battle that took another twist. Turkington made 10 places up on the first lap and was soon in the top 10 with Cammish just a few places ahead. Jordan was stationary in fourth not making any head way. However just two laps to go and Cammish with brake discs glowing ever brighter, suffered heartache as he had brake failure at Hawthorn bend and went straight on. Turkington knew all he had to do was to finish in sixth which he did to claim a fourth title. Jordan and Cammish finished just two points behind with Jordan getting second due to the number of race wins.
Words: Sam Nudd
Photos: Ian Cutting