The HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship has reached the half-way point, with Team RAC driver Colin Turkington leading the way as he chases his maiden title.

Impressive form in the meetings at Oulton Park and Croft have allowed the BMW driver to move into the points lead in time for the summer break, but with 15 races still to go, he can't afford to ease up in his quest to lift the title.

At the half way point, we want to know who you think could lift the title, and have given you seven options in our latest poll.

You can choose from any of the current top six, or go for a surprise by looking elsewhere for the champion, and can log your vote by clicking HERE.

For a quick overview of the six main contenders, read on...

BTCC title contenders - the top six:

Name: Colin Turkington Team Team RAC Current position: First Current points: 149 Gap to leader: N/A Average points per race: 9.93

Double Independent champion Turkington has been the man to beat so far this season, and has picked up five victories at the half-way stage. In wins terms, 2009 is already the most successful season of his career having surpassed the four wins he secured last year.

Four wins in the past six races have allowed the Northern Irishman to jump to the head of the field and the BMW 320si has emerged as the car to beat through the first half of the year.

Having scored at an average of nearly ten points a race so far, the double Indy champion will be hard to beat, especially with the improving Stephen Jelley now in a position to fully support his team leader.

Turkington has only failed to score twice this season. Title-winning form?

Name: Matt Neal Team VX Racing Current position: Second Current points: 124 Gap to leader: 25 Average points per race: 8.27

Two-time champion Matt Neal started the season style with victory in the opening round of the year at Brands Hatch and didn't finish off the podium until the final race of round two at Thruxton.

In all, Neal has taken to the podium on eight occasions so far and has scored points in each of the 15 races, but his strong start has faltered somewhat in the last two meetings where his Vecta has struggled to match the pace of the BMW in hot conditions.

The Triple Eight run squad will be looking to improve the car during the summer, but Neal also faces the problem of pressure from within the team as Fabrizio Giovanardi also goes for the title.

However, you'd only count Neal out at your peril.

Name: Fabrizio Giovanardi Team VX Racing Current position: Third Current points: 120 Gap to leader: 29 Average points per race: 8

The defending champion may be 29 points behind, but Fabrizio Giovanardi has shown what he can do when he is chasing down the leader in the title race, but the campaign to date has been a mixed one for the Italian.

After a podium in race one, the remainder of the season opener at Brands Hatch was nothing short of a disaster and Giovanardi has been playing catch up as a result.

Like Neal, Giovanardi hasn't had it easy when the weather conditions have been hot, but victory at Croft - only his second of the season - means he is still very much in the mix at the half way point.

Three in a row? Still very much a possibility.

Name: Jason Plato Team Racing Silverline Current position: Fourth Current points: 113 Gap to leader: 36 Average points per race: 7.53

Jason Plato for the title? No chance at all a week before the season was due to start. Then came a late deal with RML and the 2001 champion hasn't looked back.

There's only been one victory so far - at Brands Hatch - but Plato has scored in every race and the consistency is improving as team and driver get to grips with each other, and with running the Chevrolet on British circuits.

Four podiums in the last six races show the pace of the package is there, but Plato needs to convert podium finishes into victories if he is to close the 36 point lead held by Turkington.

No-one will try harder though.

Name: Rob Collard Team Airwaves BMW Current position: Fifth Current points: 98 Gap to leader: 51 Average points per race: 6.53

Bad luck has probably ended Rob Collard's title hopes, but the Airwaves BMW man has the pace to make a fight of it from 51 points back. Failing to score on two occasions at Thruxton and Oulton could well be the deciding factor but two victories this season will surely be added to during the second half of the year.

Name: James Thompson Team Team Dynamics Current position: Sixth Current points: 89 Gap to leader: 60 Points per race: 7.41

James Thompson made a surprise return to the BTCC at Thruxton, so is three races behind everyone else at the head of the points race. Despite that, the double champion has won three times and was the first man this season to win more than once.

He's likely to miss races before the end of the season due to other commitments so his title chances are slim, but his pace and experience will keep Team Dynamics near the front.