Need an overtaking fix in 2017? If Formula One fails to live up to expectations, there are other series out there in which driver mettle champions DRS. The only ERS you’ll see in the wheel to wheel championships below is in the on-track action that delivERS without fail.
British Touring Car Championship
Five manufacturers, thirty-two drivers, more BTCC race-winners make up the grid than ever in 2017. Nothing is certain regarding the outcome of the championship with no clear-cut driver that stands out, the only certainty is that each race will be an engaging battle up and down the order. There’s always contact, always drama, and the victory ballast system that the championship employs keeps the leading drivers very honest.
DRIVERS TO WATCH IN 2017: Colin Turkington, Mat Jackson and Tom Chilton
Turkington’s return the WSR comes at a time in which the team are getting BMW technical support only stengthens the position of the Northern Irishman further. His greatest quality is the rare BTCC ability to create a substantial gap if he gets out in front. Definitely a title contender given his sheer consistency and talent in a RWD.
If following the BTCC for a long time has taught us anything, it’s never discount Mat Jackson. He’s not with a works team, but his tenacity in climbing the order and getting results year in year out see’s the 35-year-old take on another campaign with Motorbase. He finished 2016 third in the standings, and is yet to win a championship despite always being a BTCC protagonist, could this be his year?
Where confidence is concerned, you will get no better than Tom Chilton. He’s backing himself for at least ten wins in 2017, and returns to the sport with Power Maxed Racing, who are running Vauxhall Astra’s this season. His experience of racing in the WTCC, and the fact that he’s running in both championships this year says a lot about fitness and race sharpness too, expect him to be in the thick of the action at the top of the order.
BRDC British Formula 3
A tricky racing series in which young drivers showing mountains of potential cut their teeth and battle for results that have huge connotations on their futures. The fact that each team uses the same Tatuus chassis wielding a 230bhp Cosworth engine makes the biggest variable driver ability. The racers that stand on the podium in this series are there on merit, not just because they’re sitting in a Silver Arrow or a Ferrari. A gem on the calendar this season see’s the championship heading to Spa-Francorchamps. It’s a series well worth following, and expect to see some of the names in F1 and F2 in the near future.
DRIVER TO WATCH IN 2017: Enaam Ahmed
Enaam Ahmed shook the Motorsport scene in his karting days, becoming both the World and European karting champion at the age of fourteen, surpassing the benchmark that Lewis Hamilton had set in his own karting days. Having picked up the F3 autumn trophy at the end of last season, Ahmed is preparing for another full campaign in the British F3 championship with the front-running outfit Carlin.
Unassuming and naturally very fast and composed on the circuit, the 17-year-old looks like the real deal, and will without doubt be contending the title this season. In a series full of overtakes and drama, Ahmed will face the challenge of his talented teammates Cameron Das and James Pull. This season in British F3 can’t be missed.