Thrux­ton served up drama

Lots of ac­tion, but some drivers still stood out in Hamp­shire

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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

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