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Sure, the cream al­ways rises to the top in the British Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship. It would be hard to ar­gue against any of the re­cent con­tests, in­clud­ing last year’s, when Colin Turk­ing­ton claimed the spoils de­spite only tak­ing one vic­tory from the 30 races.

Last year, there was a dizzy­ing roulette of race vic­tors, which re­sulted in 17 in­di­vid­u­als who scaled the top step of the ros­trum.

It meant it was hard to find a story line through the week­ends and even more so from meet­ing to meet­ing. Each episode of the cham­pi­onship strug­gled to bear re­la­tion to the pre­vi­ous.

The BTCC has sev­eral fac­tors de­signed to keep the ac­tion close and the points sit­u­a­tion even closer. Re­versed grids, op­tion tyres and suc­cess bal­last all mean the top­sy­turvy se­ries was some­times too un­pre­dictable. Things have changed in terms of the bal­last for this sea­son in an ef­fort to make the pic­ture a lot clearer.

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