BTCC 2019 finale | Time for Coffee?


Anybody who reckons modern British touring cars lacks drama should watch yesterday's final races from Brands Hatch. There were thrills and spills, shocks and scraps and, um, scintillating racing. At the end of it all, the BTCC champion for 2019 was... well, we won't spoil it just yet, for those that don't know.

The day began with Colin Turkington leading the way on 297 points, Dan Cammish in second on 281, Andrew Jordan just a point further back, then Josh Cook and Tom Ingram on 263 and 236 points respectively.

The first race could hardly have gone better for Dan Cammish, who took the lead in a spectacular move around the outside of Paddock Hill Bend and stayed there for the win. With teammate Matt Neal in second and reigning champion Turkington only mustering a fifth-place finish, the gap had been closed.


Round 29 saw Turkington's superb start - leaping from fifth to second - squandered as he spun at Graham Hill Bend. The Northern Irishman would eventually finish 25th, with Cammish keeping his Civic Type R out of trouble and securing a third place - it was all to play for going into the final round.

Following a door-to-door battle with Turkington, Dan Cammish suffered brake failure around the back of the Brands GP circuit, careering into the tyres at Hawthorns. The Team Dynamics driver tweeted: "Wasn't to be but I can hold my head high."

That sort of settled the title, then, but it wasn't the end of the drama. With Andrew Jordan having finished fourth, following second in round 29, ended up level on points with Cammish on 318 - just two off the championship itself. It was some finale, with Turkington now a four-time champion, the best bits of which can be watched below. If next season can match 2019's championship, we're in for another vintage year of BTCC.

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  • V8 FOU 14 Oct 2019

    And Plato won round 30. Why no mention of his first win this season and his 97th career win?

    Make that 98th win.........

    Edited by V8 FOU on Monday 14th October 11:14

  • griffsomething 14 Oct 2019

    Gripping and exciting racing but Turkington didn't just 'spin' on his own doing, he was driven into by Cammish's teammate, Matt Neal.

  • thelostboy 14 Oct 2019

    griffsomething said:
    Gripping and exciting racing but Turkington didn't just 'spin' on his own doing, he was driven into by Cammish's teammate, Matt Neal.
    Yep, I hate to get drawn into the pantomime of it all, but Neal is such a moaner when things don't go his way and yet this was clearly a deliberate act.

    I actually think he did the right thing; he took one for the team in same way a footballer might take a player down and take a red card in an attempt to prevent a sure-fire goal. But what you can't do is blissfully ignore that, and then carry on moaning when things don't go your way.

    I'm glad it worked out for Turkington (although, poor Cammish...) in the end, but that would have been a travesty if he was left far out of the running after clearly been taken out.

  • Twinfan 14 Oct 2019

    I don't see it the same way as you guys. There was a gap, Matt moved to the inside (and up the kerb) to try and overtake and Colin turned in on him. Colin obviously didn't see him, but his movement caused the contact. I didn't see a deliberate ram, Colin left the door slightly ajar. I think Matt's penalty is very harsh - this isn't a knitting competition! It was a race and Matt was trying to get ahead.

    I know the organisers are clamping down on driving standards, particularly push-to-pass contact, but this seems to indicate if the driver in front fails to see an attempted overtake manoeuvre then it's the car behind's fault. Madness!

  • bigbadbikercats 14 Oct 2019

    V8 FOU said:
    And Plato won round 30. Why no mention of his first win this season and his 97th career win?

    Make that 98th win.........

    Edited by V8 FOU on Monday 14th October 11:14
    For that matter I’d have thought that some decent results from PH member and regular poster Ollie “The Wookie” Jackson would have rated a mention!

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