Just 11 points now separate the top three in this season’s Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship with just six races remaining in the 2019 season.
Colin Turkington still leads the standings as the BTCC heads to Silverstone at the end of the month with BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan now just 10 points behind his teammate. Dan Cammish is just one further point behind Jordan after he claimed a third, second and sixth over the course of the three races at the Scottish venue.
“I’m not a serial winner but we’re maximising what we’ve got,” admitted Cammish. “We made changes and we could have gone further. What happened to Colin (Turkington) is obviously a shame. I don’t want to see him backwards in my mirrors, but I’d be lying if I said one part of me wasn’t delighted. It’s brought me closer, and it’s certainly brought Andrew (Jordan) closer.
“The car is consistently strong. It digs out results when others don’t and that’s how you win titles. We go well at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. If I’m anywhere near, the top two have got to watch out.”
Turkington’s weekend started off well after picking up a fourth place in the first race of the day with maximum ballast, but it soon unravelled thanks to a coming together with race one winner Rory Butcher, dropping the reigning Champion to 19th. The Northern Irishman fought back to claim a 10th place finish in race three, gaining more vital Championship points.
“With three races in a day, it’s full of ups and downs, especially around Knockhill with 30 cars on such a short, tight track,” explained Turkington. “I don’t know if I was unlucky or what in race two. Through no fault of my own I was put out of the race. That meant I sacrificed a huge amount of points in races two and three. This is how it goes.
“At least I was able to recover some points in race three but it’s so frustrating. You’re always managing risk in the BTCC. We know it’s about consistently scoring points and playing the long game. That can control how you drive, and you take risks when you need to and go for it when your backs against the wall. You just have to drive accordingly. We’re still where we need to be. Every driver has their ‘ifs, buts and maybes’, you’ve just got to come out of a weekend still in the game.”
Jordan is not only fighting to claim his second British Touring Car Championship, but also his spot on next year’s grid after his primary, and long-time sponsor Pirtek announced it would be ending its sponsorship at the end of the season.
Jordan claimed a second and first in the opening two races of the weekend before retiring in the final race of the day after trying to avoid the spinning Senna Proctor Subaru Levorg.
“That is the best touring car I’ve ever driven,” grinned Jordan. “It was just on absolute rails. I don’t care about anyone else during the race – I’m just trying to win it. If Colin (Turkington) was in second and behind me or down in 15th, it doesn’t matter. Obviously, it’s what we needed.
“You couldn’t write it could you. That’s why it’s the best championship around. I’m not going to worry about race three. We’re in a fight now and I’ll take the positives. I’ve been edging back up to Colin. Dan (Cammish) is up there doing a top job too. This is what I do it for – it’s going to be incredibly tense. It’s time to roll the sleeves up.”
Aside from the Championship fight, there was an emotional first ever BTCC win for Jake Hill in the third and final race of the day at the Scottish venue.
“It was a pleasure to have such a quick car beneath me,” said Hill. “It’s the monkey off my back now, and I wanted to win so badly. On the last lap I just misjudged it by a few millimetres and hit the gravel. I kept my foot in and held it! I can’t describe how good this result is for AmD and TradePriceCars.com. I’m overwhelmed. This win is for little Arlo Tordoff. I’m thinking of you Sam and Georgie.”
With 134 points still up for grabs across the final two race weekends of the season, we’re set for a thrilling climax to the 2019 campaign.
Header image from BTCC
By Jordan Hollands.