RECORD 35,000 CROWD ATTENDS BRANDS HATCH BTCC TITLE-DECIDER Brands Hatch has confirmed that a record 35,000 spectators attended its HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship Finals Day yesterday - the biggest crowd for a BTCC event since ...
RECORD 35,000 CROWD ATTENDS BRANDS HATCH BTCC TITLE-DECIDER
Brands Hatch has confirmed that a record 35,000 spectators attended its HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship Finals Day yesterday - the biggest crowd for a BTCC event since MotorSport Vision took over the Kent circuit in 2004.
Fans were treated to a nail-biting finale, as the title fight went down to the very last race of the season between Colin Turkington, Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jason Plato.
In the end, Team RAC BMW driver Turkington emerged as Champion for the first time in his career. Victory in all three races - only the second time the feat has been achieved - for Plato, in his Racing Silverline Chevrolet Lacetti, saw him sneak past Vauxhall's outgoing champion Giovanardi for second in the final standings. Plato's victory in the day's first race by just 0.015s over Team Aon Ford Focus driver Tom Chilton was also the closest in BTCC history.
MotorSport Vision Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer said: "It's absolutely wonderful to see such great racing, with the title chase going down not only to the last round but to the very last race; the drama in the final race was phenomenal!
"I'd like to congratulate BTCC Series Director Alan Gow and Dennis Carter at the BARC for evolving the championship into such an outstanding package of entertainment for the fans. It was fantastic to see so many spectators at Brands Hatch today - the circuit really was heaving!"
ITV plays it again
Fans can watch all the action from yesterday's nail-biting BTCC finale again on TV with three highlights programmes this week starting tonight (Monday) at 00.20am on the ITV1 channel. Repeats of those highlights will follow at 3.30pm on ITV4 both tomorrow (Tuesday) and again this Saturday (10 Oct).
Meanwhile, Palmer has also joined BTCC Series Director Alan Gow in congratulating both Turkington and Dick Bennetts whose WSR concern has run the Team RAC BMWs these past three seasons.