The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship heads north of the border to Knockhill this weekend (September 14/15) for Rounds 22, 23 & 24 of the 2019 season and the battle for supremacy at the top of the standings is set to intensify even further.
As the crescendo for the UK’s premier race series rapidly approaches, the annual pilgrimage to Scotland is set to be a pivotal one on the road to deciding who will lift the most coveted prize in British motorsport at Brands Hatch next month.
With more than 200 points still up for grabs, the rollercoaster nature of the Fife venue traditionally lends itself to dramatic touring car thrills and spills; and this year should be no different.
Reigning champion Colin Turkington finds himself in the pound seat heading to Knockhill, holding a 30-point advantage over BMW stablemate Andrew Jordan. Tallying five victories apiece so far this season, the rear-wheel drive duo have been in fine form all year.
Bidding to draw level with Andy Rouse’s record for four BTCC titles, Turkington holds the best hand as it stands but the relentless Jordan will surely throw everything behind his pursuit of a second title, starting with this weekend’s trio of races.
Honda Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish is very much the ‘form man’ and is riding a wave of momentum after scoring his first win of the season at Thruxton last time out. Sitting just four points behind Jordan, Cammish is firmly in the mix and on the hunt for more silverware.
Down the years the Civic Type R has proven to be a potent weapon around the undulating 1.27-mile circuit and more success could be on the way with both Josh Cook and home hero Rory Butcher on the fringes of the title fight, rounding out the top five in the standings.
One man to watch over the course of the weekend will likely be former champion Ashley Sutton. The Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver was one of the stars of the show at the corresponding round last year and is chasing a first win of the season.
Tom Ingram has scored two wins and continues to make improvements in his Toyota Corolla whilst Jason Plato appears to have his mojo back at Power Maxed Racing. Knockhill was the scene of Plato’s last victory two years ago and the double champion will undoubtedly be keen to return to the top step of the podium.
The likes of Tom Oliphant, Adam Morgan, Jake Hill, Stephen Jelley, Senna Proctor, Rob Collard, Tom Chilton and Scotsman Aiden Moffat are just a handful of other drivers to keep a keen eye on too as they aim to make their mark at he front of the field.
Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance’s Sam Tordoff will not participate in this weekend’s race meeting due to family circumstances. Instead, former Clio Cup champion Mike Bushell will return to the grid to fill in for the Yorkshireman.
With a bumper crowd expected and the circuit being a favourite amongst the drivers, Knockhill is set to deliver another memorable instalment of BTCC action.
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