BMW’s title-chasing duo Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan have both promised maximum attack when the British Touring Car Championship speeds into Silverstone this weekend (28/29 September), as the nail-biting chase for the most coveted crown in national motorsport intensifies.
Team BMW’s Turkington and BMW Pirtek Racing’s Jordan have set the BTCC pace since Oulton Park back in June. Last time out at Knockhill, the pendulum swung one way and then back again on a dramatic day of action in Scotland, with both drivers encountering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune after blamelessly finding themselves pitched off-track.
A victory – an unrivalled sixth of the season – and second-place finish for Jordan ultimately narrowed the gap at the summit of the Drivers’ standings to only ten points to long-time championship leader Turkington. That has set the scene for a battle royale over the final two race weekends, with the top three protagonists blanketed by just 11 points.
Turkington remains in charge heading to the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’, and the defending champion has 11 career BTCC podiums to his name at Silverstone. Both he and Jordan are former winners around the Northants circuit and have more silverware in their sights this weekend.
Tom Oliphant (Team BMW), meanwhile, twice took the chequered flag inside the points at Silverstone in his rookie BTCC campaign last year, and boasts multiple wins and rostrum finishes there in TOCA support series. The 29-year-old warmed up for the weekend by partnering Sebastian Söderberg to fourth place out of 18 teams in a Pro-Am tournament ahead of golf’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth; with the podium on his radar, he is looking to go at least one place better on the track.
All of the race day action will be broadcast live and in high-definition on ITV4 on Sunday, 29 September, beginning at 10:20am.