BTCC speeds into Silverstone as title battle rages on

15 Sep 17

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship edges towards its conclusion this weekend with rounds 25, 26 and 27 being played out around the home of British motorsport, Silverstone.

Six races now remain in the 2017 campaign and with a total of 134 points up for grabs, seven drivers now hold a mathematical chance of being crowned champion.

Team BMR’s Ashley Sutton arrives at the penultimate event of the year in the box seat after storming to his sixth win of the season at Rockingham three weeks ago.

Holding a 12-point advantage at the top of the standings, the Subaru Levorg driver has been a juggernaut of sorts this season and is worthy of his place at the top - question is can he now stay there?

Hot on Sutton’s heels is double champion Colin Turkington. Chasing his third title, the Northern Irishman is in a familiar position of battling for the title and will be keen to close the gap on the 23-year-old as soon as possible.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden sits third in the standings, albeit 55-points behind Sutton. The Halfords Yuasa Racing driver endured a torrid weekend at Rockingham and will be looking to bounce back into contention. The Honda driver will look to repeat his victory in 2016 at the venue, a key factor in him overhauling Sam Tordoff.

Rob Collard is the fourth driver that harbours championship ambitions and like Shedden, he endured a tough weekend at Rockingham. The West Surrey Racing driver is 56-points behind Sutton so it may become a case of aiding Turkington’s quest for glory if things don’t go his way.

Of the other drivers in contention; Tom Ingram, Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal hold a mathematical chance of being champions however they will need cards to fall their way.

Senna Proctor could taste championship success this weekend as he bids to put himself out of touch in the Jack Sears Trophy. The Power Maxed Racing driver has been the standout rookie this season with 14 wins and needs to leave 60-points ahead of his nearest challenger, Ant Whorton-Eales, to take the crown.

Proctor also has a new team-mate for this weekend in the shape of former World Touring Car champion Rob Huff. The 37-year-old last competed in the series in 2004 and replaces Tom Chilton, who has been ruled out on medical grounds following a routine operation.

A host of drivers will be keen to round off their campaign’s on a high too as they seek to add themselves to the winners list this year.

Jack Goff, Josh Cook, Aron Taylor-Smith, Adam Morgan and Rob Austin are all yet to reach the top step of the rostrum so an eye should be firmly fixed on them.

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