There have been six different winners in the British Touring Car Championship from the six races held so far this season, and there is a strong likelihood that there will be a fresh face at the top of the rostrum at Thruxton on 8 May.
Consistency is what wins the British Touring Car Championship. however. That might sound like stating the bleeding obvious, but it is crucial in the BTCC. People tend to think of the bumper-crunching BTCC with cars firing off the road in all directions, but that is far from the case, and certainly not for those who go for the title.
Just checking back over the last four seasons – since the championship switched to a 20-17-15-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 points system – it is clear that to win the title, finishes are essential. There are extra points for leading laps, setting pole in the timed qualifying session and setting the fastest laps too.
In 2012, Gordon Shedden took the championship trophy in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R with a points tally of 408. Average that out over the 10 meetings, and that means he scored an average of 40.8 points per weekend. That means, in effect, he would have to finish in an average of fourth place across the 30 rounds – which is a terribly hard thing to do.