Season Comparison: 2018 vs 2019
The 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship was yet another fiercely contested affair, with the battle once again heading right to the wire in the decisive closing race of the year at Brands Hatch. Read on and check out the infographic below to find out how each of this year’s top ten drivers compare with their 2018 performance…
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington topped the tables, seizing the crown and becoming a record-equalling four-time BTCC champion. Turkington showed a great deal of consistency in his performance, with a 16-point increase on his 2018 score, maintaining his position at the head of the Drivers’ Championship for another year.
Jason Plato showed the greatest improvement on both points and positions gained between the two seasons. He accrued a massive 211-point boost over his 2018 score – lifting him by 20 places in the standings to seventh overall by the end of the 2019 campaign.
Scot Rory Butcher was another driver who had a notable improvement, with a points increase of 167 and 12 positions gained on the previous year. As well as achieving fifth overall, Butcher took the Independent Drivers’ title and Jack Sears Trophy in 2019, which, considering his improvement from last year places him in good stead to be a prominent contender in the future.
Matt Neal takes the title for most consistent, with an increase of nine points and having sustained ninth position in the Drivers’ Standings, the Honda man will be looking for ways to improve in the future.
Comparing the scores overall, it is evident that the level of competition at the top of the tables was considerably higher this year. The top three drivers of 2019 all scored over 300 points, whereas in 2018 Turkington was the only driver to break the 300-point barrier.