After seven months of breathtaking wheel-to wheel racing across the UK, the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship draws to its conclusion on the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit and ITV4 will have all the action exclusively live on October 12.
Thousands of fans are expected to descend on the iconic Kent race track to watch the two-way title showdown unfold as Colin Turkington and Jason Plato go head-to-head in the battle to lift British motorsport’s most prestigious title.
Since the season began in April on the shorter Brands Hatch Indy circuit, Britain’s biggest and best motor sport series has provided more thrills and spills than most motorsport championships produce in a decade.
This record breaking season commenced with the announcement of a capacity 31-car grid, including seven former champions and some of the best touring car drivers in the world.
Ten different drivers have stood on the top step of the podium during the course of the campaign, but now after 27 races it all comes down to the very last meeting, the final triple-header at one of the most illustrious and beautiful circuits in the country.
Will it be eBay Motors BMW driver Turkington who secures his second BTCC title, or can tin-top legend Plato in his KX Momentum MG bag his third championship?
It is Turkington who enters the final three rounds as the firm favourite to claim the ultimate prize, as he currently leads the standings by 50 points, having produced a series of standout performances throughout the 2014 campaign, and he only needs
The Ulsterman is now within touching distance of securing his second tin-top crown, following his previous success in 2009, and he will be hoping to continue his unstoppable run of form which stretches back to the mid-way point of the season, where he has remained at the standings summit ever since Oulton Park.
A podium hat-trick at Silverstone at the previous meeting a fortnight ago further bolstered his assault, though title rival Jason Plato did, however, reduce the deficit to 50 points, with 67 still to play for at the final meeting this weekend at Brands Hatch.
Despite the seemingly comfortable points gap, the veteran BTCC pilot Plato can can never be discounted. Last year’s spectacular finale saw the Englishman nearly steal the title from Andrew Jordan and the atmosphere was electric ahead of the third and final reverse-grid race of the day, held in horrible wet conditions at Brands.
Plato arrived at the 2013 season finale 49 points in arrears of championship leader Jordan and immediately went on to win the first two races, and his performances left nearly 40,000 spectators at the circuit and millions more watching on TV holding its collective breath.
The most successful driver in the history of the BTCC with 87 wins has always been in contention for wins this season in his MG, with his five victories during the season, including another double win last time out Silverstone, confirming his place as Turkington’s only mathematical challenger in the race for the title.
Although he narrowly missed out at the conclusion last season, Plato’s reputation as the driver who can produce the possible from the seemingly impossible means he’ll be as dangerous as ever next weekend.
It’s not only the main BTCC drivers’ trophy up for grabs at the weekend as MG and Honda battle it out for manufacturer glory, while the Teams’ title is also yet to be decided.
There’s sure to be action aplenty and some paint-swapping along the way as this year’s champions are crowned at Brands Hatch in the British Touring Car Championship, as well as in the myriad of spectacular support championships.
With 31 cars in the field, seven champions on the grid and ten race winners so far this season, anything can happen in the final three races of the 2014 BTCC season and you can watch them unfold as they happen on ITV4 and ITV4 HD on Sunday afternoon.
Full details of when and where to watch the 2014 BTCC season finaleon ITV4 below:
ITV Sport will screen more than eight hours of live free-to-air coverage from the finale of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday, October 12.
There will be comprehensive live coverage of all the championship-deciding races from the famous Kent circuit on ITV4 and in high definition on ITV4 HD, plus live BTCC qualifying available online via the ITV Sport website on Saturday.
Veteran sports broadcaster and BTCC fan Steve Rider present ITV4’s marathon coverage throughout the day alongside pit-lanee reporter Louise Goodman, who will provide regular live updates and interviews as well as grid walks before each BTCC race.
Race commentary comes from leading motorsport broadcaster David Addison and 1992 British Touring Car champion Tim Harvey, while additional reporting and insights from the BTCC paddock come from multiple race winner Paul O’Neill, who will provide regular Twitter updates during ITV4’s live broadcast.
ITV4’s live coverage of the final meeting will feature all three BTCC races with the channel’s broadcast going on-air at 10.15am and concluding at 6.30pm, allowing plenty of time for all the necessary build-up and reaction to each race, including all the triumphant championship celebrations.
In addition to the BTCC, ITV4 will also have all the various support championship races covered with Richard John Neil in the commentary box alongside Phil Glew.
Following the race weekend, a special 90-minute highlights show will be broadcast the following Saturday (October 18) at 5.00pm on ITV4, repeated the following Wednesday night or Thursday morning on ITV.
Online, a simulcast of all ITV4’s live coverage will be available to watch via ITV Sport’s dedicated BTCC website, where fans can also find live timing data, as well as extra interviews and features.
Live BTCC qualifying on Saturday can also be found on ITV.com, available via computers, selected phones and tablets and internet-connected TVs, while ITV Player will allow fans can catch up on ITV4’s BTCC highlights across various devices.
In total, more than 230 hours of the BTCC will have been broadcast on ITV channels this season, giving the series unprecedented terrestrial coverage, which will continue until at least 2016.
The 2014 season marks 10 years since ITV began screening live coverage of the BTCC and the broadcaster’s output has grown from a handful of hours a decade ago to hundreds of hours of coverage.
Visit the new-look BTCC website for further information about the series.
ROUNDS 28-30: BRANDS HATCH INDY
. Saturday 11th October BTCC: Brands Hatch GP – Qualifying LIVE: 3.30pm-4.10pm ITV.com/btcc
Sunday 12th October BTCC: Brands Hatch GP – Race Day LIVE: 10.15am-6.30pm ITV4 Live Race Schedule 11:30 British Touring Car Championship – Race 1 12:10 Ginetta Junior Championship 13:30 Renault UK Clio Cup 14:20 British Touring Car Championship – Race 2 15:00 Ginetta GT4 Super Cup 15:40 Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain 16:20 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 17:10 British Touring Car Championship – Race 3 Full event timetable Saturday 18th October BTCC: Brands Hatch GP – Highlights 5.00pm-6.30pm ITV4 Wednesday 22nd October BTCC: Brands Hatch GP – Highlights (rpt) 2.30am-4.00am (Thu) ITV