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Crash.net’s Top 10 BTCC Drivers: Sixth

James Thompson secures sixth place in your vote to find the top driver from the 2009 BTCC season
Former title winner James Thompson was a late addition to the grid for the 2009 season after being brought in by Team Dynamics to replace Gordon Shedden after the BTCC season opener at Brands Hatch.

As one of the most experienced touring car racers around, Thompson was charged with helping the team to improve its Honda Civic although a title bid was out of the question due to commitments already in place elsewhere.

A podium in the final race at Thruxton was a good start and he followed that up with a double win at Donington Park – making him the first driver of 2009 to win on more than one occasion.

Another win followed at Oulton Park with a podium finish being picked up at Croft, where Thompson was involved in one of the moves of the season while battling with Fabrizio Giovanardi for the victory.

Following the mid-season break, Thompson failed to add to his podium tally in the two rounds he contested before commitments in the V8 Supercar Championship with Team Vodafone, the WTCC with the factory LADA Sport team and the DTCC with Hartmann Honda saw him miss the final three rounds.

Had he been in the car for the full season and benefitted from a testing programme prior to the start of the campaign, Thompson would no doubt have finished higher than ninth in the standings.

That's partly shown by the fact that you have voted him sixth in the poll to find the top BTCC driver of the year.

Statistics:

Team: Team Dynamics
Car: Honda Civic (S2000)

Championship position: 9th
Points: 114

Independents' Championship position: 7th
Independents' Championship points: 144

Races: 18
Pole positions: 1
Victories: 3
Fastest laps: 0
Podiums: 2

NB: Pole position refers to qualifying, not to grid slot for race two or three on a weekend, decided by earlier race results

Podiums doesn't include race wins



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James Thompson (GBR) - Team Dynamics Honda Civic
RPJ Band with James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Marc Hynes (GBR) Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT and Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
RPJ Band with James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Marc Hynes (GBR) Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT and Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis with James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Marc Hynes (GBR) Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT and Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis with James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Marc Hynes (GBR) Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT and Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Grid girl for Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer

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