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Brands Hatch BTCC: Who needs to do what for the title

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Brands Hatch BTCC: Who needs to do what for the title
Oct 1, 2016, 12:46 PM

The season finale for the BTCC at Brands Hatch will see five 2016 titles decided, with no fewer than eight drivers going for glory in the race for the drivers' championship.

#100 Rob Collard, Team JCT600 with GardX, BMW 125i MSport
#600 Sam Tordoff, Team JCT600 with GardX, BMW 125i MSport
#99 Jason Plato, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT
#25 Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
#4 Colin Turkington, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT
#7 Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus
#77 Andrew Jordan, Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus
#7 Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus
#77 Andrew Jordan, Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus
#25 Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
#7 Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus
#77 Andrew Jordan, Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus

Here, we go through each of the prizes up for grabs this weekend and explain how each of them can potentially be won.

Drivers

The top eight in the championship are still in mathematically contention for the title, with a maximum of 67 points still available across qualifying and three races once bonus points are taken into account.

Sam Tordoff heads the way by eleven points from Gordon Shedden, with Matt Neal two points further back. Rob Collard is 17 points behind, with Mat Jackson (-21), Andrew Jordan (-31), Colin Turkington (-37) and Jason Plato (-58) also still able to win.

To remain in contention, drivers will need to be within 44 points of the lead after race two, and within 22 points going into race three.

Should drivers end the season level on points, then the title will come back to countback, with Shedden and Jackson both on four wins, Neal and Turkington on three, and Tordoff and Jordan on two. Plato has a single win.

In the event of race wins being tied, the title will go to the person with the most second places and so on.

Manufacturers

The fight for the manufacturers' title is still a three-way affair between West Surrey Racing/BMW, Honda and Team BMR/Subaru.

WSR currently leads by 34 points from Honda, with Subaru still in mathematical contention 93 points back. A total of 111 points are still available.

The title will be won after race one if the lead is more than 74 points, while a lead of more than 34 will take the title after race two.

Teams

Team JCT600 with GardX (529), Halfords Yuasa Racing (-12), Motorbase (-33) and Subaru Team BMR (-78) are the four teams who can still win the teams' championship.

As in the manufacturers championship, a maximum of 111 points is still available, with the same equation applying in terms of when the title can be wrapped up.

Independents' Trophy

The battle to be crowned Iindependents' champion is a two-way fight between Motorbase Performance teammates Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson.

Jordan currently leads by 34 points, with a maximum of 60 points available – 20 per race.

A lead of more than 40 going into race two, and more than 20 going into race three would give Jordan the title.

Should the pair end level on points, Jackson would take the title by virtue of more wins.

Jack Sears Trophy

Two drivers can still win the Jack Sears Trophy for leading rookie driver, with Ashley Sutton leading Michael Epps by 33 points.

A total of 60 points is still available, with Sutton taking the title if the pair end level by virtue of his superior win record.

As with the Independents', a lead of more than 40 after race one, and more than 20 after race two will take the title.

Matt Salisbury / TouringCarTimes

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