POLL: Who will win the BTCC title?

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.

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Start, James Thompson (GBR) - Team Dynamics Honda Civic leads
Matt Simpson, Team Dynamics, [Credit: BTCC Media]
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Andrew Jordan, WSR Pirtek BMW [Credit:Jakob Ebrey]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing [Credit: Halfords Yuasa]
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Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
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WSR BMW  - Gardx / JCT 600 teams champions
WSR BMW  - Gardx / JCT 600 teams champions

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July 11, 2009 9:06 AM
Last Edited 2751 days ago

I would like to see it go down to the wire (with Turks to win!) but I don't think we ought to use the fact it is VXR's swansong season as an excuse. I think we need to finally demystify VXR as a team that isn't really a team held above other teams. They were fundamentally a factory team that did rather better than most. When they go I hope the BTCC will move on in 2010 as much as it seemed to do at the start of this season after SEAT's departure.

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