The summer break for the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship continues to rumble towards its inevitable conclusion after 15 races littered with talking points, so in the meantime, we at The Checkered Flag sit back and crunch the key numbers of the season so far as the championship gears up for Snetterton on 2/3 August…
Colin Turkington is the man topping most of the headlines when it comes to statistics, but he only lies seven points clear of a persistent Gordon Shedden after the first 15 races of the season.
KEY NUMBER – 6 – THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF WINS, SCORED BY COLIN TURKINGTON, AS WELL AS SHEDDEN’S WORST FINISHING POSITION OF 2014.
Here are some of the most notable stats from the first half of the 2014 season…
0 – The number of non-finishes for Gordon Shedden, Andrew Jordan, Sam Tordoff and Mat Jackson.
1 – Fastest lap for James Cole in the BTCC now after his slicks gamble for United Autosports at Oulton Park’s wet third race.
– The mere one point separates MG and Honda in the Manufacturer battle, Triple Eight’s MG squad leading the way after Croft.
– It is also the number of wins for Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff for MG in 2014, as well as BMR Racing‘s Aron Smith.
2 – Pole positions for Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan – joint highest of 2014.
6 – Most wins of the season so far by Colin Turkington, Andrew Jordan next up on four victories after his Croft success.
– The WORST result of the season so far for Gordon Shedden (6th), such has been the consistency in 2014 of the Honda driver.
– Is also the most wins for a marque this season, held by BMW and Honda on six ahead of MG (two) and Volkswagen (one).
7 – The points lead of Colin Turkington over Gordon Shedden after 15 of the 30 races.
9 – Is the number of podiums also for series leader Colin Turkington this season, six of those coming in the last seven races.
11th – Best result for the 1999 British Formula 3 champion Marc Hynes in a fairly robust first half-season in the BTCC so far for the Triple Eight man.
15th – Is where the best rookie lies, Tom Ingram having collected an impressive seven top-10 finishes for Speedworks Motorsport in the Toyota Avensis.
30 – Is how many more points West Surrey Racing’s Rob Collard has already scored than his entire 2013 points tally after 15 less races.
49 – Is how many points eBay Motors (BMW) lead the Teams’ Championship by over Honda Yuasa Racing.
69 – The exact number of points that the two returning double champions are on – Alain Menu and Fabrizio Giovanardi – after five meetings.
70 – Meanwhile is the number of cars Alain Menu has overtaken from his starting positions in the races combined this season. He therefore leads the Jack Sears Trophy, nine overtakes ahead of Nick Foster.
101 – Is the gap that Matt Neal already finds himself adrift in the points to leader Turkington. It’s a stark contrast to this piece last season, where Neal was the series leader himself at this stage.
1491 – Days is the extensive gap between Fabrizio Giovanardi‘s previous podium finish back in 2010, driving a Triple Eight Vauxhall Vectra, and his latest return to the podium which came on 4 May 2014 with Motorbase Performance at the very same Thruxton circuit.