Only Sebastian Vettel can win the F1 World Championship on Sunday. Five drivers — five — can pick up the BTCC at Brands Hatch on Sunday, so you might want to consider going. The three races are on the Grand Prix Circuit — younger readers will know it from Rush. Us oldies know it as the former home of the British Grand Prix and one of the best circuits for drivers and spectators. It really is one hell of a place to watch good racing.
And there will be three good races on Sunday. Andrew Jordan’s rapid Civic does have a healthy lead, but he has no less than four champions chasing him down for the title. His consistency this year belies his youth, he’s just 24 and lurks around the paddock in specs he removes for racing. Very Clark Kent.
Jordan is 34 points ahead of Matt Neale’s Civic (who will be racing this weekend, despite a scare with a broken thumb after some over-enthusiastic Kung-Fu), but it’s very tight behind Neal. There are 20 points for a win in BTCC, plus points for fastest lap and points for leading a lap (just one per driver). Along with the point for pole in the first race that means there are 67 points up for grabs. And that means Gordon Sheddon, Colin Turkington and Jason Plato are all — mathematically — in play.
Remember this is BTCC not F1, so ‘mathematically possible’ does mean ‘possible’. It’s mathematically possible for Lewis Hamilton to win the F1 title. It’s actually possible for Sheddon, Turkington, Plato and especially Neal to beat Jordan, not that anyone would begrudge the young man his first title.
All the champs might have been in better positions but for earlier bad luck they either made themselves (Neal’s spin behind the pace car at Rockingham) or had made for them; Colin Turkington returning to the series and in a brand new BMW125i chassis was tipped into spins at Silverstone and Snetterton. Jason Plato’s MG6 meanwhile has had mechanical niggles and appears be aquaphobic, which might not make life any easier for him come Sunday, but he has won more races than anyone this season.
All the races are live on ITV4, starting at 11.30 and meaning you could easily spend from 7.00am until 6.00pm in front of the television this Sunday. Or you could go to Brands Hatch. It’s not far of the M25 in Kent, it’s £31 to get in on Sunday (kids are free), the views of the track are unmatched in England and they’re even showing the Japanese Grand Prix in their events building, the Kentagon…