BTCC battle set to continue at Brands Hatch

With the dust having just about settled on a pulsating season-opener at Donington Park, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is immediately back in action this weekend (August 8/9) at Brands Hatch for Rounds 4, 5 and 6.

After nearly ten months without racing, Britain’s premier motorsport series blasted back into life in blockbuster fashion and yielding three different winners as Dan Cammish, Colin Turkington and Ashley Sutton all triumphed.

Now, the Grand Prix layout of Brands Hatch provides the latest stop on the condensed calendar for the BTCC and championship battle is only set to intensify – with every point set to be crucial in deciding who will lift the coveted title.

The top of the standings has a familiar feel heading into the weekend as reigning, four-time champion Turkington holds the early advantage. The Team BMW driver began the defence of his crown in style with a pole position, win and second place and arrives in Kent with a six point lead.

Having narrowly missed out on the title last year, Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Cammish put the demons of last year behind to kick off the new campaign on the right foot, winning the opener and the Yorkshireman will be keen to continue his quest for a maiden title at the wheel of the rapid Honda Civic Type R this weekend.

Arguably the star of the 2020 curtain-raiser was the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti of Sutton. On his debut for the team, the 2017 champion produced an overtaking masterclass across all three races to not only take a historic maiden win for the car but also fastest lap in each encounter.

Seemingly at one with the rear-wheel-drive machine, the 26-year-old will be one to watch around the iconic 2.43-mile circuit as he aims to close the nine point deficit between himself and Turkington.

Beyond the race winners, Donington Park also saw a host of other drivers underline that they will be firmly in the mix for the title throughout the season.

Rory Butcher, Tom Oliphant, Josh Cook and Chris Smiley all notched podium finishes at the Leicestershire venue and each of them will be keen to add further silverware at Brands Hatch.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram made a solid start to the season, as did Matt Neal, Adam Morgan and any one of them could power their way into the early championship conversation.

Of those aiming to bounce back from a rollercoaster weekend; Jake Hill, Tom Chilton, Senna Proctor and Stephen Jelley are four drivers that will be worth keeping a keen eye on.

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Like Donington Park, this weekend’s event at Brands Hatch will be run behind closed doors and with spectators not permitted to attend. ITV4’s live coverage on Sunday will begin at 10:20.