With two events in the books, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship speeds into Brands Hatch this weekend (June 26/27) where the battle for supremacy at the summit of the standings is only set to intensify.
Coming off the back of a scorching weekend at Snetterton where spectators made their long-awaited return, Britain’s premier motorsport series now heads to the Kent venue with three blockbuster races set to take centre stage.
Last time out saw Colin Turkington, Ashley Sutton and Tom Ingram all reach the top step of the podium and in doing so, they elevated themselves into the top three spots of the overall points.
A second win of the season last time out for reigning champion Sutton sees him hold the early advantage, however it is a slender one of just two points ahead of Ingram whilst Turkington sits a further three markers back.
Bidding to clinch back-to-back titles, Laser Tools Racing ace Sutton has shown ominous pace at times already this year and despite carrying maximum ballast into the third event of the season, he will be one to watch – as will Ingram and Turkington.
Despite the BTCC’s big guns coming to the fore at the Norfolk venue, the chasing pack is still very much within striking distance with BTC Racing’s Josh Cook and MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square’s Jake Hill – the stars of the Thruxton opener – leading the way in fourth and fifth.
Both Rory Butcher and Stephen Jelley enjoyed strong showings at Snetterton and they have positioned themselves firmly inside the top ten too. Carrying less ballast than those above them and having each enjoyed success at Brands Hatch in the past, both will be worth keeping an eye on.
Former champions Jason Plato and Gordon Shedden have endured mixed fortunes so far this season, although both have tallied a rostrum finish. Keen to get their respective championship challenges firmly on track around the famous Indy circuit, the experienced duo could will be aiming high.
Elsewhere, the likes of Ollie Jackson, Jack Goff, Dan Rowbottom, Tom Oliphant and Adam Morgan are just a handful of drivers that will be eyeing big results – having all made their mark at some stage already.
Like Snetterton, Brands Hatch will welcome a 4,000-strong trackside crowd whilst up above in the skies, the Goodyear Blimp will take flight in the UK for the first time in nearly a decade to provide aerial shots.
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As always, fans can watch all of the action throughout the weekend with qualifying getting underway at 15:05 via www.itv.com/btcc on Saturday before Sunday race day commences at 11:00 on ITV3.