The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship will go down to the wire with five drivers in mathematical contention to lift the coveted crown following a chaotic rain-affected penultimate meeting of the year at Silverstone this past weekend (September 28/29).
Reigning champion Colin Turkington will head to Brands Hatch in under two weeks’ time holding a 16-point advantage over Dan Cammish, with Andrew Jordan a further point behind. Both Josh Cook and Tom Ingram remain within touching distance in fourth and fifth.
In what proved to be one of the most dramatic days in recent BTCC memory, Team Toyota GB with Ginsters’ Ingram charged to a brace of race wins around the Northamptonshire venue before Jack Goff secured the first-ever victory for Team HARD in the series.
Qualifying on Saturday saw Jason Plato end a two-year barren run as he powered his Vauxhall Astra to the top of the times in a thrilling dry session. The Power Maxed Racing driver narrowly edged out Chris Smiley to top spot whilst Matt Neal and Ingram locked out the second row of the grid.
Turkington emerged as the lead championship contender, benefiting from a tow off team-mate Tom Oliphant to secure sixth. Cammish and Jordan were seventh and 14th respectively.
Ingram reignited his championship challenge with an emphatic win in greasy conditions in the opening encounter. Wrestling the lead off of Plato on lap four, the Toyota Corolla driver then powered his way to the chequered flag ahead of the double champion, with Smiley rounding out the podium.
Drama for Team BMW’s Turkington saw him tumble down the order after a spin but a valiant fightback to 14th kept him at the summit of the standings.
Race two would see Ingram double up his tally for the day as he triumphed in challenging conditions. Leading from the outset, contact from Plato allowed Oliphant to charge into the lead before the safety car made an appearance to recover the stricken Adam Morgan.
With rain beginning to fall around the circuit and a majority of cars on slick tyres, the action got back underway with Ingram regaining the lead after a slight wobble for Oliphant through the first corner.
As the rain intensified, the decision was taken to red flag the remainder of the contest, declaring Ingram the winner ahead of the charging Turkington and Cammish.
The third and final race of the weekend is likely go down in the history books as Team HARD’s Goff served up a wet-weather masterclass to take the team’s maiden win in the BTCC.
Beginning in dry conditions, rain once again battered the circuit just a couple of laps into the race. Scrambling for grip, a safety car period saw severe drivers dive to the pit lane to change to wet tyres – with Goff and Aiden Moffat being the first to do so.
The likes of Cook and Cammish stayed out on slicks and looked set to strengthen their title credentials before the wet tyre runners began to make their mark.
Scything through the field, Goff charged from the back to score a popular win ahead of Moffat and Matt Neal, who had also charged from the latter end of the starting grid.
That final result meant that Turkington remains on course to clinch a record-equalling fourth BTCC title however the chasing quartet are likely to take the fight to Northern Irishman on a dramatic final day of the season
To view the full classification of results from all BTCC sessions at Silverstone, click here.
The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship will draw to a close at Brands Hatch on October 12/13 with champions being crowned across the board.