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Colin Turkington keeps title hopes alive with Silverstone win

Team BMR’s Colin Turkington kept hopes of retaining his British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) title alive with victory in race three at Silverstone, ahead of WSR duo Rob Collard and Sam Tordoff.

From third on the grid, Turkington followed Collard past pole man James Cole at the start of the race, before passing the BMW driver for the lead on the following lap.

The Northern Irishman would have to wait to consolidate his lead, however, as the safety car was brought out on lap three following a heavy smash between the spinning Dan Welch and Exocet AlcoSense driver Hunter Abbott, who was pitched head-on into the crash barriers as a result of the contact.

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When the race resumed on lap six Turkington was able to build up a comfortable two-second advantage over Collard, who was clearly holding up team-mate Tordoff.

Collard eventually let Tordoff past on lap 19 to allow the Yorkshireman to try to challenge Turkington’s lead, but he was unable to close in and gave the position back to Collard on the final lap.

Team BMR’s Jason Plato finished in fourth, his best result of the weekend, ahead of Honda duo Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal in fifth and sixth respectively.

Despite starting from 24th on the grid, Motorbase Performance’s Mat Jackson finished seventh, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan was eighth, ahead of a career-best finish for the second Motorbase Ford of James Cole in ninth, who cracked the top ten for the first time.

The second Ciceley Mercedes of Aiden Moffat completed the top ten, following a feisty late-race battle with Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram, who took 11th, and Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan who was 12th.

Team HARD’s Tony Gilham took a point home on his return to the series with 15th, despite the best efforts of Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook, who came home in 16th just two tenths behind.

Race two winner Andy Priaulx was running in 13th position, having been as high as tenth, when he was handed a drive-through penalty for exceeding the track limits. The BMW racer eventually finished down in 21st in his second pointless race of the weekend.

Turkington’s win keeps him within 32 points of championship leader Shedden, who has 325 points, whilst Plato remains second overall on 302 points.

Points scoring result

1 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMR RCIB Insurance Volkswagen CC 25 27:03.506 59.148 3
2 6 C Rob COLLARD Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 25 2.117 58.948 2
3 7 C Sam TORDOFF Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 25 2.387 58.992 5
4 99 Jason PLATO Team BMR RCIB Insurance Volkswagen CC 25 3.078 59.116 4
5 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 25 3.497 59.122 7
6 25 M Matt NEAL Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 25 3.908 59.174 6
7 4 Mat JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 25 4.036 58.827 24
8 33 Adam MORGAN WIX Racing Mercedes Benz A-Class 25 4.697 59.202 11
9 44 James COLE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 25 5.967 59.214 1
10 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes Benz A-Class 25 10.448 59.289 13
11 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 25 10.633 59.193 12
12 77 M Andrew JORDAN MG 888 Racing MG 6GT 25 10.777 58.876 19
13 21 Mike BUSHELL AmD Ford Focus 25 13.906 59.345 17
14 30 Martin DEPPER Eurotech Racing Honda Civic 25 15.148 59.263 15
15 18 Tony GILHAM RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 25 15.414 59.387 20

Complete race results

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