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We are at the half­way point of the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship and what a sea­son it is prov­ing to be. Since the in­tro­duc­tion of the NGTC reg­u­la­tions, the most num­ber of win­ners over the course of a cam­paign was 11 in 2014. So far in this con­test, there have al­ready been 10 vic­tors – and there are sev­eral com­peti­tors knock­ing on the door to join that club.

The in­creas­ing pace from the fac­tory Subaru team – headed up by Ja­son Plato and Colin Turk­ing­ton – has given the tra­di­tional bench­marks Honda plenty to think about.

But both of those ef­forts have been put in the shade by BMW. Two of the three Wsr-run cars sit com­fort­ably on top of the ta­ble.

Here, we run through the sea­son so far and look at the prospects for the next 15 rounds.

There was very lit­tle that could be done to the BMWS at the end of the 2015 sea­son. The cars were strong and race win­ners, and there were no up­grades com­ing for the en­gines. But what the team did set to work on was un­der­stand­ing the new com­po­nents, sup­plied by the RML firm.

They did that, and the re­wards came straight away: Rob Collard was a win­ner at the sec­ond meet­ing of the sea­son at Don­ing­ton Park. But it is Tord­off who sits on top of the points and he has re­ally hit his stride over the last two meet­ings be­fore the break: Oul­ton Park and Croft. Both of those cir­cuits are rear-wheel-drive friendly, but three York­shire­man­podi­ums in Cheshireto the top and of an­oth­erthe Croft pushed the

he De­spit­eran wide that,in racea hec­tic one open­ing­meant he didn’t ham­mer home two races at Croft after the BMW’S ad­van­tage as much as he could have done.

Collard’s form at Oul­ton was ham­pered as he col­lected sus­pen­sion dam­age when he was on his way to a de­cent haul of points in race two. That put him on the back foot but a win at Croft clawed him back to­wards the top of the ta­ble.

Along­side those two, Jack Goff has been get­ting to grips with com­pet­ing in a rear-wheel-drive Bri­tish Tour­ing Car and has been im­pres­sive. Wins are surely on the hori­zon for him.

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