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Colin Turkington- the 2019 Kwik Fit BTCC champion

Kwik Fit | Monday 14th October 2019 10:14am

Colin Turkington in pit lane at Donington Park

After a dramatic season of Kwik Fit BTCC racing, Colin Turkington retains his title as the race goes down to the wire at Brands Hatch. This title means that Turkington has now won 4 BTCC title which equals Andy Rouse’s record. With both Jordan and Cammish only 2 points behind him, Turkington had to recover 19 places to finish 6th in order to win the title. Dan Cammish’s title challenge ended in dramatic fashion as he crashed out of the final race of the 2019 season.

Race One

It was a good start to the final race weekend for Dan Cammish and Halfords Yuasa Racing as Dan Cammish took 1st place in race one at Brands Hatch. Moving through the field from 12th place, Cammish kept himself strongly in contention for the title. However, with a 16 point deficit to make up on Turkington, Cammish needed to build on this race win to catch up with Turkington and give himself a shot at the 2019 Kwik Fit BTCC title. After a strong performance in qualifying, Turkington began the first race on pole but was quickly under pressure from Ash Sutton off the line. Turkington did however manage to move past Sutton at Druids and it looked like he was going to build on his lead at the top of the table. This all changed after a period under the safety car and Rory Butcher came out in front. However, with increasing rain, Cammish was able to overtake Butcher, Sutton and Turkington.

Race Two

Things got even better for Dan Cammish in race two at Brands Hatch as he lead from pole. However, Turkington moved through the field from 5th to put Cammish under pressure. In the end, Cammish had to settle for 3rd as Ash Sutton took the race win with Andrew Jordan keeping his title challenge alive with a 2nd place finish. Turkington’s decision to change to slick tyres didn’t pay off as he finished in 25th position leaving Cammish at the top of the table.

Ash Sutton on the podium at Brands Hatch

Race Three

Race 3 proved to be a fitting finale to the season. Jason Plato recorded his first BTCC race win in almost 2 years but all eyes were on the drama unfolding behind him in the race for the title. Turkington still had a lot of work to do as he started from 25th on the grid. He made quick progress through the field and soon found himself inside the top ten. Turkington managed to pass Cammish at Druids with only 4 laps of the season remaining. However, Cammish still lead the championship overall. His title challenge ended in dramatic style as he crashed out at Hawthorn Bend as his brakes failed. The result of all this drama saw Turkington win the championship by just 2 points from both Andrew Jordan and Dan Cammish.

Colin Turkington and Team BMW celebrate on the podium
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