Snetterton set for titanic battle as British Touring Car Championship arrives

The British Touring Cars will be back at Snetterton this weekend. Photo: Submitted

The British Touring Cars will be back at Snetterton this weekend. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Britain’s biggest car racing series, the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, roars into Snetterton this weekend, where a titanic title battle is set to resume on the Norfolk circuit.

Snetterton kicks off the second half of the championship season, with all of the drivers raring to go after a six-week summer break.

The opening 15 rounds of this year’s championship have already produced 10 different winners from the 32-car grid, with no driver taking more than two victories. This has left the standings wide open with the top 12 separated by just 63 points with 67 on offer at Snetterton alone.

Leading the title race heading into next weekend are the WSR BMWs of Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard. Sam’s a former winner at Snetterton, and third BMW driver Jack Goff won here last year, but the team faces a strong challenge from the reigning champion Honda team, with triple champion Matt Neal and current BTCC king Gordon Shedden ready to fight back in Norfolk.

Also expected to challenge will be the Motorbase Ford team, with former BTCC champion Andrew Jordan and team-mate Mat Jackson in the hunt for victories.

Having impressed at recent rounds, the resurgent works Subaru team could be setting the pace at Snetterton with double champions Colin Turkington and Jason Plato aiming to storm through the title standings.

The Buntingford-based team won two races at its local circuit last year with Turkington.

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“It is a venue that I really enjoy,” he said.

“It’s a challenging track and I have experience to draw on from last year.”

Meanwhile, Ashley Sutton from nearby Bishop’s Stortford arrives in Norfolk fresh from his maiden BTCC victory for MG last time out.

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