Thruxton served up drama
Lots of action, but some drivers still stood out in Hampshire
Well, one thing you can’t accuse the British Touring Car’s visit to Thruxton last weekend as is boring. From Colin Turkington’s heroic qualifying lap and subsequent non-start due to Subaru’s withdrawal, to tyre failures and shunts that afflicted several title contenders, there was always something going on.
Some of the action was of high quality, some of it not so much – though fair play to Matt Neal for apologising following the race one-stopping start/finish accident. One of the main victims of that crash was Neal’s team-mate Gordon Shedden.
The reigning champion has been incredibly unlucky this year. The Honda Civic Type R is clearly quick – probably still the benchmark – and yet even his fine recoveries after set-up issues in Thruxton qualifying were thwarted by clashes.
I’m sure Gordon’s luck will change, but in the meantime, who else looks strong? On Thruxton form, the newest challenger appears to be Adam Morgan. The Mercedes driver kept his head while many were losing theirs and is right in the hunt. It usually takes years for a driver to become a true BTCC championship contender, but just to see new names in the mix – let’s not forget Tom Ingram and Ashley Sutton have been the 2016 polesitters so far – is promising for the category’s future. Kevin Turner, Editor