The championship enters its final round at Brands Hatch this weekend – and there are still plenty of points up for grabs before the chequered flag falls…
BTCC Brands Hatch Grand Prix, 10.30am, Sunday 30 September, ITV4/HD (CH 118/178)
After a season of bumps, four-wheeled barges and more race winners than you can shake a spanner at, the 2018 BTCC season will come to a pulsating finish this Sunday.
Though two-time champion Colin Turkington has the edge going into the final weekend, the title battle is far from over, with the Northern Irishman being pushed all the way to the wire by England’s Tom Ingram.
So ahead of what’s set to be an exciting day of all-out, bumper-to-bumper action, read on to find out everything you need to know…
They drive everyday cars… but not as you know them
Unlike the sleek and astronomically expensive machines seen in Formula One, the cars seen on track in the BTCC look a lot more familiar. Touring cars are essentially everyday hatchbacks kitted out with faster engines, lightweight bodywork and slick, super-quick tyres. Perfect for the school run.
The action is non-stop
Though the season is comprised of just ten Grand Prix weekends spread over six months, fans get to see multiple high-speed contests take place in a matter of hours – three races take place at each meeting. As such, fans and drivers alike have very little time to catch their breath before the cars are lined up on the grid for another 15 laps.
It’s anyone’s game
Closely matched cars, teams and drivers mean the races – and the championship itself – could be won by any of the two dozen touring vehicles lining up on the grid. The mix of veteran former champions and punchy, up-and-coming stars frequently produces some truly thrilling races, with 20-year-old Senna Proctor (pictured, born in 1998) regularly rubbing mirrors with the likes of 50-year-old Jason Plato (who was champion in 2001) this season.
There’s a titanic title battle
Going into the final round of races, the title fight is very much alive. Turkington is in pole position to win his third championship, 34 points ahead of Ingram – but with 20 points going to each race winner plus bonus points available, Ingram’s still in with a decent chance. After a win and a second place at Silverstone last weekend, can he overhaul the leader to claim his first title?
Only one can be the champion – so tune in to the action at Brands Hatch to find out who…
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