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also vari­able valve tim­ing fit­ted. That im­proved the torque of the en­gine and helped, but the mid-sea­son re­duc­tion negated that magic bul­let. That is what led to the anti-cli­max where Tord­off was not able to fight with Shedden.

Tord­off has said that he will take time out from rac­ing to con­sider his fu­ture – and he might quit the BTCC al­to­gether. That would be a shame for a man who has made so much progress over the last 12 months.

His team-mate Rob Col­lard, now 49, was in the ti­tle hunt too af­ter an In­dian sum­mer to his ca­reer.

He is very fa­mil­iar with the car and was a race win­ner, but his Achilles Heel was his qual­i­fy­ing per­for­mances. His av­er­age start­ing po­si­tion was lower than 16th and he had to put in some stun­ning come­back drives – he even led the points af­ter Snet­ter­ton in July.

How­ever, he had been taken out of the race at Oul­ton through no fault of his own and was sav­aged by Colin Turk­ing­ton’s Team BMR Subaru at Knock­hill when he was on course for a bumper haul of points. Those were to prove his un­do­ing.

That Shedden was even in a po­si­tion to snatch the crown was re­mark­able. Go­ing into the sec­ond half of the year, he was 54 points be­hind the sum­mit and a third crown seemed a long way off.

The Scot­tish racer suf­fered some truly aw­ful luck over the open­ing races with the Team Dy­nam­ics-cre­ated Honda Civic Type-r. He picked up two points-sap­ping punc­tures at the be­gin­ning of the cam­paign and then was wiped out in a multi-car ac­ci­dent at Thrux­ton that had been pre­cip­i­tated by his team-mate Matt Neal. The real nadir came at Croft at the end of June, when he scored only four points.

The Civic Type-r had been fit­ted with a new two-litre tur­bocharged pow­er­plant this sea­son with a man­i­fold built in to the en­gine block it­self.

Pri­vately, the team was wor­ried about heat soak through the en­gine, and was fear­ing any restarted races that may oc­cur dur­ing 2016 be­cause there was a chance that they would fraz­zle the block.

That was al­layed pretty early on, but there was an­other con­cern – the en­gine was prone to spik­ing the boost lev­els. That meant that dur­ing the open­ing part of the sea­son, the driv­ers were run­ning had been they stayed

That away also pointed of the

Shedden en­gine from Af­ter

a solution

From the sea­son, late July, po­si­tion mas­sive ul­ti­mately Tord­off

The 2016 sea­son pro­duced more race win­ners than at any time in the modern gen­er­a­tion.

There were more than a dozen driv­ers on the top of the ros­trum at var­i­ous points over the 30 races, and that meant pick­ing the star tal­ents was tough.

And, when the go­ing gets tough, MN hands over the hard de­ci­sions to other peo­ple. We asked the 17 dif­fer­ent team man­agers and own­ers for their opin­ion on who were the stand-out per­form­ers of the 2016 cam­paign.

The only rules were that the bosses weren’t al­lowed to choose driv­ers from their own out­fits in the fi­nal reck­on­ing.

The re­sults are in­ter­est­ing and have un­earthed a few stars of the sea­son who might not nec­es­sar­ily be steal­ing the head­lines.

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