The unpredictable touring car series heads to the high speed Thruxton circuit for it’s third instalment of action in 2019.
After six rounds of action packed racing, the pecking order is starting to form. But will it be shaken up again at of one the fastest circuits in the UK?
Turkington dazzles at Donington
Colin Turkington took a stunning double at Donington and laid down an early marker in his championship defence.
The defending champion controlled races 1 and 2 as well as collecting good points in race 3, to kick start his 2019 campaign.
There was also an emotional victory for Speedworks and Tom Ingram in race 3. The new spec Corolla taking it’s first win in front of 4,500 Toyota employees.
Tom dedicated the win to his late Grandma and was visibly emotional post race.
Elsewhere, Ash Sutton also had a successful day. With two podiums and a fifth place, he gained the championship lead by the end of the day.
Two-time champion Jason Plato also collected three top 10 finishes, as Vauxhall teammate Rob Collard took a podium in race 3.
While Turkington’s WSR teammate Andrew Jordan had a weekend to forget.
A collision with Rob Collard’s Vauxhall at the Old Hairpin, caused major damage to his BMW 330i M Sport.
Jordan was hospitalised as a precaution and did not compete in races 2 and 3, although had some strong opinions of Collard’s driving.
Thruxton Layout & Form Guide
The grid now heads down to Hampshire and the 2.36 mile Thruxton circuit. Built within a wartime airfield, has the highest average speed of any circuit on the BTCC calendar.
The track is so fast, that tyre supplier Dunlop will bring extra hard compounds to cope with the relentless high speed cornering, as tyre management is so crucial.
One of the best known corners is the infamous Church. The high speed right-hander leads the drivers onto the back straight towards the end of the lap.
Teams running a Honda Civic will be confident, as Thruxton has been a happy hunting ground for the Japanese marque.
They boast a record of winning 10 out of 15 BTCC races between 2011 and 2015. In addition, Matt Neal also set a qualifying lap record of 1:15.612 last year in the Honda Civic FK8.
However, Tom Ingram may also fare well as he holds the current race lap record of a 1:17.060. So keep an eye on Neal, Cammish and Ingram, but you can never count out Turkington.
Sam Tordoff will also be aiming to finally kick start his season with AMD and the FK2 Honda Civic. Furthermore, the Motorbase, Power Maxed Racing and Ciceley Motorsport outfits also performed well in 2018.
We’re set for another weekend of high speed action and is worth wondering whether the form book will be ripped up once again.