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Brands Hatch told us a few things about BTCC 2016

As ex­pected, the sea­son-open­ing Brands Hatch Bri­tish Tour­ing Car rounds gave us some hints as to the bat­tles to come in 2016. We will see some good rac­ing for in­di­vid­ual race wins, but for the ti­tle, Honda is in­deed the team to beat.

It’s also fair to say a Subaru driver will not win the crown this sea­son. The Levorg may well be­come a force and chal­lenge in 2017, but given where the cars were at Brands it would take a mir­a­cle for Colin Turk­ing­ton or Ja­son Plato to have a chance this year. Turks is al­ready 39 points be­hind leader Matt Neal, a big gap even if he was in a fully-sorted car.

For me, Turk­ing­ton was one of the stars of the week­end. His qual­i­fy­ing lap – good enough for 11th – was prob­a­bly the best of all, and he gen­er­ally had the edge over Plato, even if the re­sults didn’t re­flect that. It will be fas­ci­nat­ing to see how that dy­namic de­vel­ops as the car gets bet­ter.

The feel-good story, though, was a first win for Tom Ingram and Speed­works. Nice guys do win. Kevin Turner, Edi­tor

Ni­cola Faulkner’s dra­matic shot of a side­ways Ford Es­cort Jamie Pinch­beck caught this Dat­sun fever

Bob Nudd’s shot of two Peu­geots look­ing for the ideal line... Benet­ton at Oul­ton Fun­day by Jack Mor­ris

March 30

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