BTCC title race charges into Croft as 2020 season enters the home stretch

Three events, nine races and a maximum of 201 points up for grabs – that is all that remains of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season and this weekend’s (October 10/11) three contests at Croft could prove pivotal in deciding who will walk away with the crown.

Since blasting back into life in August, Britain’s premier race series has been relentless not only with its condensed schedule but also in terms of the entertainment it has provided with thrills ’n’ spills coming around almost every corner, and the annual trip to North Yorkshire is set to continue that theme.

Coming off the back of a sensational Silverstone meeting, Laser Tools Racing’s Ashley Sutton enters the seventh event of the season holding a slender four-point advantage at the summit of the standings.

At the wheel of the Infiniti Q50, the 2017 champion has hit new heights this year. Jaw-dropping drives along with four wins have been the cornerstone of his title challenge and he arrives at a venue which has proven to be a happy hunting ground in the past in the box seat.

Four-time reigning champion Colin Turkington leads the chase for Sutton and his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth title saw him clinch a third win of the campaign last time out. Touted as the ‘King of Croft’, the Northern Irishman will undoubtedly be firmly in the mix around the 2.13-mile layout.

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish can’t be discounted from the title picture either after he was victorious at Silverstone. After dropping away slightly early on, big points scores at Thruxton and Silverstone have vaulted the Yorkshireman firmly back into contention ahead of his home race.

Tom Ingram and Rory Butcher round out the top five in the standings and both will be keen to bounce back from mixed fortunes at Silverstone, the latter having walk away unscathed from a scary high-speed accident in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus.

Rounding out the top ten is Tom Oliphant, Tom Chilton, Adam Morgan, Matt Neal and Jake Hill. Each of them has made their mark during the course of the year and they will all be keen to add to their silverware collections.

Notable names to keep an eye on beyond the top ten include Thruxton race-winner Josh Cook, Silverstone victor Ollie Jackson, local driver Senna Proctor, Aiden Moffat and Jack Goff – amongst others.

The entry list for the weekend also sees three amendments, with Mike Bushell replacing Tom Onslow-Cole at Team HARD, James Gornall withdrawing and Jac Constable taking the reigns of the Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra.

As has been the case at all BTCC race meetings this season, Croft will not be permitting any spectators to the event and it will be run behind closed doors.

Every point is proving crucial in the fight for the biggest prize in UK motorsport and Croft always has a habit of throwing up the unexpected. Live coverage of all three of Sunday’s races will be broadcast on ITV4, starting from 11:30.

To view more information on this weekend’s event, including links to the live timing and the BTCC Digital Programme, click here.