2019 British Touring Car Championship Mid-Season Round-up

by Samuel Gill
Colin Turkington BTCC 2019

Colin Turkington leads the way in the British Touring Car Championship standings going into Snetterton and at the half-way mark of the season after a frenetic start to the campaign with the title very much still up for grabs.

Defending champion Turkington claimed a stunning double win last time out at Oulton Park to cap off his 50th victory in the championship and put the Portadown driver marginally ahead leaving the Cheshire circuit.

There was also joy for Stephen Jelley but heartbreak for Jake Hill with the Team Parker Racing driver picking up his first win since Rockingham in 2009, a circuit that the championship no longer visits but inheriting it due to Hill tangling with Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal who had gained the lead and as a result it denied him a first race win in his BTCC career.

Jelley having success in the older BMW 125i M Sport meant despite it being different teams, a single manufacturer took wins for two different models for the first time since Silverstone 2005.

The BMW left Oulton Park very much on top with Andrew Jordan, Turkington’s nearest rival also in the same team as him albeit under the BMW Pirtek Racing banner. Tom Oliphant despite being down in 11th has also had a great season so far and could help either driver later in the season when the battle for the title comes to a head.

Barring Turkington and Jordan, it is Josh Cook, Rory Butcher and Ash Sutton who will hope for a brilliant second half to the campaign to halt the duo who look to be imperious at times so far.

Cook and Butcher in particular have both picked up victories this season for BTC Racing and Cobra Sport AMD Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing respectively. The former won the first race at Brands Hatch Indy as well as the final race at Thruxton and he already looks set for his best campaign in the BTCC yet.

There has also been a welcome return to towards the front for Jason Plato who at times has had some bad luck but has shown himself to be finding consistent form currently sitting in tenth place in the drivers’ championship.

The return to Vauxhall seems to be doing him the world of good with his teammate Rob Collard not so much; but after a couple of years of poor running in the Subaru, Plato will be looking to build on his form in the second half of the season. Can the two time champion finally reach 100 race victories?

The verdict…

This season as expected in the BTCC has brought lots of frenetic action but one team and two drivers in particular have stood out in the form of Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan who will now do battle for the title. With 5 race weekends still to go before it is all decided, it could still change so is the nature of the championship but at the half-way point of the season there is no looking past a Team BMW/BMW Pirtek Racing driver picking up another Driver’s Championship.

British Touring Car Championship Drivers’ Championship after 15/30 rounds

1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW 195
2 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing 162
3 Josh COOK BTC Racing 148
4 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 147
5 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 147
6 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing 130
7 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing 125
8 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher 119
9 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters 113
10 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing 107
11 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW 91
12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing 83
13 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 76
14 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com 71
15 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport 64
16 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing 51
17 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing 48
18 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing 48
19 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher 22
20 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 19
21 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 17
22 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport 12
23 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 4
24 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport 3
25 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com 2
26 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing 1
27 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport 1
28 Sam OSBORNE Excelr8 Motorsport 0
29 Nic HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase 0
30 Rob SMITH Excelr8 Motorsport 0

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