It’s as tight at the top of the Independents’ standings as one would expect given the tit for tat battling of the opening six rounds of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season. There have been six winners from the opening six rounds of the campaign, and half of those have been Independent drivers.
Motorbase Performance’s Mat Jackson was the latest Independent to reach the top step of the rostrum with his race one win at Donington Park, followed impressively by a race two second placed finish. This came after Adam Morgan’s win in race three for WIX Racing at the Brands Hatch Indy season-opener and Tom Ingram’s special victory in round one of the campaign, marking his and Speedworks Motorsport’s maiden wins in the championship.
None of those winners currently lead the running, however, with BKR’s Aron Smith currently sitting atop the Independent Drivers’ standings. With six rounds gone, he holds an eight point cushion to Jackson in second. It’s Smith’s consistency that has put him in this position, having regularly scored in the higher points-scoring positions alongside his two podium finishes – one at each of Brands Hatch Indy and Donington Park. Just those eight points separate the top three in the table – it’s poised nicely for a competitive contest to come.
Along with Jackson’s impressive Donington Park weekend, Motorbase Performance team-mate Andrew Jordan has been plugging away, racking up good points on a regular basis. This impressive start to the season for the outfit tallies with the Independent Teams’ standings – 15 points clear of BKR in second spot.
An Independents’ Trophy win for Aiden Moffat and Laser Tools Racing in round six leave the Scot and his team best of the rest in fourth and third in their respective points tables.