Colin Turkington goes into tomorrow's first of three races with a thirteen point advantage over his nearest rival, Fabrizio Giovanardi. We assess his chances of stopping the Italian taking a third straight title.

Turkington, 27, has shown great maturity this season as he has mixed with experienced touring car names such as Giovnardi, Plato and Neal. He has got to grips with the rear-wheel drive BMW, using its start-line advantage to great effect. He also has a knack of keeping on the road when leading or under-pressure, unlike other BTCC youngsters. This will be important tomorrow in case Giovanardi eats into his advantage early on in the day.

Both Turkington and Giovanardi must watch out for Jason Plato, who does have a 28 point deficit to make up, but a collision for Colin or Gio could hand it to Plato on a plate. The title would be a great acheivement after only getting the RML Chevrolet deal together days before the start of the season.

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Team Aon driver Tom Chilton has surprised the BTCC field by claiming pole position at Brands Hatch for Round 28 of the championship. Chilton, who scored the team's first podium finish in his Ford Focus at the last round at Rockingham, set a time of 1:33.159 on the Grand Prix layout at Brands Hatch.

Title contenders Jason Plato (Racing Silverline) and Fabrizio Giovanardi (VX Racing) will start tomorrow's first race in second and third on the grid. Championship leader Colin Turkington will start down in tenth place for Team RAC.

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