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Ingram (left) and Turkington (proper) will battle for the title, whereas Chilton (rear left) has an out of doors probability of snatching the crown
Colin Turkington, Tom Ingram and Tom Chilton will battle for Britain’s high motorsport title this weekend

The British Touring Automobile Championship (BTCC) shall be determined in a three-way battle within the season finale at Manufacturers Hatch this weekend, with Colin Turkington, Tom Ingram and Tom Chilton vying for the title.

Double champion Turkington would be the favorite in his Group BMW 125i M Sport, holding a 34-point lead within the standings over Ingram, who drives a privateer Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis. Motorbase Ford Focus RS driver Chilton is 64 factors adrift of Turkington, however with a most doable haul of 67 factors obtainable, he would require an unimaginable set of outcomes to win the title.

The championship shall be determined with three races on the Manufacturers Hatch Grand Prix circuit in Kent. There are 20 factors on provide for a race win, with bonus factors on provide for setting quickest lap or main a lap in every race. The motive force who tops qualifying for race one additionally will get some extent.

This is how the three contenders form up.

Colin Turkington

Age 36 From Portadown, County Armagh Group Group BMW 125i M Sport

BTCC begins 389 Race wins 46 Championships 2 (2009, 2014)

2018 race wins 1

Veteran Turkington has received just one race in 2018 however has constructed a wholesome factors lead because of his unimaginable consistency. He’s completed within the high six in 17 out of the 2017 races to this point in his rear-wheel-drive BMW, together with a season-best 10 podium finishes. He additionally has the expertise of two earlier title wins and was the runner-up in final 12 months’s standings.

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What he says “I’ve been right here earlier than and I’m actually having fun with it this 12 months. I take pleasure in these moments.

“We’ve put collectively a powerful marketing campaign, though it’s not been with out its challenges. The strike price of podiums has been good, if not essentially wins. The latter are very arduous to come back by within the BTCC.”

Tom Ingram

Age 25 From Excessive Wycombe, Buckinghamshire Group Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis

BTCC begins 146 Race wins 9 Finest championship end third (2017)

2018 race wins three

Ingram, who drives for the small Speedworks staff, has proven unstoppable tempo at instances this season, however he’s additionally had extra unhealthy luck and challenges than Turkington. He’s retired thrice (in comparison with one for Turkington) and was disqualified from a second place at Knockhill because of a technical infringement. 

Together with his issues usually putting within the opening race, rising star Ingram has needed to produce quite a few costs via the sector to salvage ends in the second race, with the spotlight an incredible cost from 15th to victory at Silverstone. That was one in all three wins to this point in 2018.

What he says “We’ll go to Manufacturers Hatch with a combating probability. We’re clearly nonetheless the underdog, however the ball is in our courtroom and we’re not giving up now. We’re the hunter, whereas Colin is the hunted. The stress is on him, not us.

“We will do it, it’s only a case of placing all of it collectively.”

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Tom Chilton

Age 33 From Reigate, Surrey Group Motorbase Ford Focus RS

BTCC begins 324 Race wins 13 Finest championship end fifth (2005 and 2010)

2018 race wins 1

Whereas Chilton, whose Motorbase squad relies simply down the highway from Manufacturers Hatch, is unlikely to assert the general title, the independents’ crown is inside attain: he’s simply 20 factors behind Ingram in that race. That mentioned, Chilton has used his veteran abilities to maintain himself in rivalry all through the season, together with a victory at Knockhill. As a protracted shot, he’ll face much less stress than his rivals.

What he says “The BTCC will see the perfect of me this weekend. I’m going for it. As quickly as I get a sniff of one thing, I’m gone. And though it’s a protracted shot, I can see the general title inside attain, so I’ll be pushing arduous.”

This week’s Autocar journal follows a day within the lifetime of Tom Chilton throughout a BTCC occasion. It is out now in newsagents, or on-line as a digital version. Click on right here for particulars.

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