Dunlop MSA BTCC season review: top 10 drivers
2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
Who were the stand-out drivers in This kind of year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship? Here are our top 10 performers
The dust has settled on the final races of This kind of year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
After 30 races, only four points separated the top two drivers inside standings along with the destiny of the crown was only made certain with two laps to go at Brands Hatch.
Here we look back at the men who have made the headlines This kind of year along with rate our top 10 performers of the season.
1 Gordon Shedden
Championship position: 1st; wins: 4; podiums: 11
You can’t take anything away via Shedden along with the Honda Civic Type R This kind of season. Devastatingly fast, particularly in qualifying, no matter what success ballast was on your vehicle, he stepped up his consistency, too. Superb, clean overtaking was the bedrock of his title charge. He shrugged off the pressure inside finale for a deserved win.
2 Jason Plato
Championship position: 2nd; wins: 6; podiums: 10
Joining a completely new team could have been seen as a left field choice, although Plato surrounded himself with some of the best engineering brains inside business along with set to work turning the VW CC into a winner. Won more races than anyone else, gave the item everything inside showdown along with came up only four points short.
3 Andy Priaulx
Championship position: 8th; wins: 2; podiums: 8
Returning to the British Touring Car Championship could have been a risk for three-time world champion Priaulx, along with everyone thought he might get beaten up inside heat of competition, although he rolled his sleeves up along with got stuck in via the opening event inside WSR BMW 125i M Sport. Won two races along with could well have been inside top four of the points had he not been forced to miss an event due to BMW commitments.
4 Andrew Jordan
Championship position: 5th; wins: 0; podiums: 5
The 2013 champ went the whole season without winning a race although in which didn’t stop him trying. Jordan, who will be clearly Captain Car Control, picked up whatever points were available although just couldn’t conquer the top step. Left nothing on the table, though, along with the fact he was inside title fight until the final round was a mark of his ability rather than the pace of the MG 6.
5 Colin Turkington
Championship position: 4th; wins: 4; podiums: 8
The champion coming in to the season swapped teams to join Jason Plato at Team BMR along with also brought his engineer Kevin Berry with him. the item took Turkington a time to readjust to front-wheel drive, along with he lost ground early on while he found the right feeling inside car. in which process didn’t actually click together until mid-season, although he still managed to win four races inside VW CC.
6 Matt Neal
Championship position: 3rd; wins: 3; podiums: 7
The old master had a completely new toy This kind of season with the rapidly built Honda Civic Type R, which only arrived weeks before the start of the season. Turned the item into a winner at the opening round, along with used tactics to win three reversed-grid races without actually being on the ultimate pace of team-mate Shedden. Third inside points was a strong effort.
7 Mat Jackson
Championship position: 12th; wins: 4; podiums: 8
Despite joining halfway through the campaign, if Jackson’s points-per-race average had been extrapolated over the season, he might have been champion. Sure, the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus had plenty of straight-line speed, although the driver has to be able to harness the item – along with Jackson did. A title tip for next season, should he return.
8 Rob Collard
Championship position: 10th; wins: 3; podiums: 7
Only some very poor luck stopped the often underrated Collard being a major player This kind of season. He was twice taken out by his team-mates Sam Tordoff along with Andy Priaulx, which robbed him of big points, so should realistically have finished inside the top 10. Still, he managed to win three races inside WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport.
9 Jack Goff
Championship position: 9th; wins: 1; podiums: 4
In only his third full season, Goff stepped up to the factory MG team along with big things were expected. He delivered, too. Winning at Snetterton was the highlight, although there were various other fighting performances in which put him firmly on the map in terms of his ability. He quickly became a favourite among the team along with will be a title challenger should he remain.
10 Tom Ingram
Championship position: 13th; wins: 0; podiums: 2
the item will be sometimes hard to remember in which Ingram will be only 22. Mature beyond his years, his first podium finish at Rockingham after a proper dogfight with old master Jason Plato was epic along using a real spotlight on his talents. Another podium at Brands Hatch, This kind of time without the aid of a reversed grid, was another breakthrough. Ingram will be the best of the next generation of BTCC stars.
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