In only his fourth season at this level, Tordoff stepped up to the plate in 2016. The team developed the engine over the winter and added direct injection and variable valve timing to the powerplant. Tordoff was the model of consistency over the opening part of the year. Others started to close over the run-in and Tordoff narrowly lost out on a maiden crown. He handled himself with dignity in the face of defeat.
4 Rob Collard
Car: BMW 125i M Sport
Championship position: 5th
Average qualifying position: 16.50 Poles: 0
Laps led: 23 Wins: 2 Podiums: 6 Fastest laps: 4
The most stunning statistic for Collard is that his average qualifying position is worse than 16th. That meant he had to put in some stellar drivers with plenty of overtaking – indeed, he won the Dunlop Forever Forward award for the man who passed the most cars during the season. He put that struggle down to difficulties with set-up, but it didn’t take away from his stunning Sunday showings.
5 Mat Jackson
Team: Motorbase Performance
Car: Ford Focus ST
Championship position: 3rd
Average qualifying position: 12.20 Poles: 0
Laps led: 103 Wins: 5 Podiums: 9 Fastest laps: 1
Jackson was the dominant force over the latter part of 2015, but rule makers pegged the car back and it was more of a struggle this season. There were occasions where the points when begging – such as a puncture at Thruxton and an ECU failure at Snetterton – which could have made all the difference. The car got faster over the latter half of the season, but it was too late for a title charge.