4th – Colin Turkington
Average poll score out of ten: 7.68
Team BMR RCIB Insurance
Once again, after securing a runaway second British Touring Car Championship title, Colin Turkington's presence on the 2015 grid was by no means a guarantee.
The defence of Turkington's second title was in jeopardy, long before the season had even begun. The loss of West Surrey Racing's title sponsor eBay, less than two-months after their 2014 championship success, meant Turkington's position in the team became financially impossible.
Team BMR finally came to the rescue and Turkington secured a deal which would, ironically, see the double champion sit alongside his 2014 nemesis Jason Plato.
A change of teams meant a change of drivetrain from the RWD BMW 125i M Sport, to the FWD Volkswagen CC. While Turkington continued to acclimatise to his new machinery, consistency favoured the defending champion during the first few rounds, even if a self-confessed lack of confidence still eluded the Ulsterman.
Turkington's brilliance took him to the top step by Donington Park but the 33-year old wouldn't return to the winners circle until later in the season at Snetterton. By that time, his team mate Plato had nestled himself as the number one contender from BMR. However, a brace of victories at Norfolk drew Turkington right back within striking distance of claiming a third title.
Contrary to the fireworks that had been predicted between Turkington and Plato, the pair vowed to work together in catching Honda's Gordon Shedden as the title race reached its climax. Plato ultimately had the upper hand on the Ulsterman but Turkington's defiance saw him remain a factor until the bitter end.
Colin Turkington in Crash.Net BTCC Driver of the Year poll
BTCC Driver of the Year poll 2014: 1st
BTCC Driver of the Year poll 2013: 2nd
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Rather than repeat the Drivers' British Championship standings, the BTCC Driver of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results and scoring each of the top twenty from this year's BTCC standings with a mark out of ten.