BMW driver takes the crown at Brands Hatch despite a concerted effort by MG's Jason Plato

Colin Turkington secured the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday, despite Jason Plato taking the first race win of the weekend.

The final three rounds of the BTCC were full of drama, in part thanks to the rapidly worsening conditions as the event drew on.

In the first race Turkington finished third, which meant he was guaranteed championship victory even if he failed to compete in the remaining two races at the Kent circuit.

The BMW of Nick Foster and Warren Scott's VW CC collided on lap eight, embedding the VW in the wall and necessitating a safety car. As the safety car withdrew Plato held the lead and took his sixth first place win of the seasons, while Sam Tordoff finished in second with Turkington behind.

During the second race Plato clipped Turkington after he attempted to overtake into Paddock; Turkington ended up in the gravel, ending his race. Plato won but was later denied the victory following an official decision regarding his collision with Colin Turkington; he was also demoted to the back of the grid for the start of the third race.

Adam Morgan consequently ended up clinching victory in the second race, after a prolonged battle, with Tordoff and Rob Collard finishing in second and third respectively. Morgan's victory meant that Mercedes became the 25th manufacturer to win a BTCC race.

Gordon Shedden put on an excellent display of driving in his Honda during the final race, taking victory despite heavy rain and difficult conditions. Plato staged an impressive comeback, charging through the field from the back to finish seventh; Jack Clarke and Mat Jackson finished in second and third respectively.

Turkington now has two BTCC crowns to his name, having previously won the title back in 2009, also in a BMW.

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13 October 2014
OK, it seems to be popular, but I HATE what BTCC has become. The cars bear little resemblance to what you can buy and the driving standards are awful. The idea now appears to be to pitch the car in front off at the corners !
I guess I was lucky to be able to see Jaguars, Galaxies, Cortinas, Mini-Coopers, Imps, Anglias etc, which looked like the show room models, and were driven by proper racing drivers.
Bring back 3 or 4 classes, then the man in the crowd has more to watch, not this crash-a thon !!

13 October 2014
Gerry Marshall comes to mind (together with his partnership with Bill Blydenstein & his tuned Firenza's)

Plato is possibly today's worst offender - but the "Bumper car" culture has spread throughout all participants. What a pity.

I remember watching Matt Neal's father, Steve, race hot Minis around a number of circuits and had nothing but admiration.

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Malo Mori Quam Foedari

13 October 2014
I totally agree. BTCC has almost become a one make formula with only the rear drive BMWs having a significant mechanical difference (and even then any advantage is more or less equalised by the regs). I must admit, I liked the old price based Group N category and wish there was something similar today. It'd actually be pretty interesting to see what was the fastest production car you could buy at say £10k, 20k and 30k price points - and there would be interest throughout the field instead of just watching whet the leaders were up to.

13 October 2014
Well said RPrior...I too had a 'hero' in John Rhodes and his driving of the Mini-Coopers in those days. OK, we cannot go back to those days, but surely we could have a proper BTCC again. I am afraid all motorsport seems to have lost the 'sport' part .

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