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Rob Collard wins drama-filled Donington race two

West Surrey Racing’s Rob Collard became the fifth different winner in this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park, as the BMW driver took the win ahead of race one winner, Motorbase’s Mat Jackson.

Team BKR’s Arón Smith charged his way to the final spot on the podium from eighth on the grid.

The action got underway with pole sitter Jackson being passed by Speedworks’ Tom Ingram into Redgate for the first time, whilst Team IHG’s Jack Goff moved up into third.

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Collard, who was the top finisher on the Dunlop soft tyres, made a brazen overtake into Redgate to slot in behind Goff, whilst the MG pairing of Josh Cook and Ashley Sutton dropped to fifth and sixth respectively.

The first of two Safety Car periods occurred on the very first lap, when AmD Essex’s Ollie Jackson was pushed wide into the gravel, along with Power Maxed Racing’s Kelvin Fletcher suffering the same fate.

Subaru Team BMR’s James Cole was the only non-starter, with his Levorg GT requiring extensive repairs following a fire in race one that forced his withdrawal for the rest of the weekend.

Cole’s Team BMR team mate Colin Turkington became beached in the gravel on lap ten, with the 2014 champion trying to avoid Dextra Racing’s Alex Martin, receiving contact to the right rear of his Subaru in the process which turned him around.

Team HARD’s Jake Hill and Goodestone Racing’s Dan Welch would also retire during the race, with the former having to visit the pit lane several times.

With multiple battles up and down the grid, a battle with Goff and Tom Ingram would finally come to an end with the latter dropping rapidly down the order on Lap 15, as the pair came to blows at the chicane.

Goff would finish fifth, behind defending champion Gordon Shedden, but was ahead of three-time champion Matt Neal, with the Halfords Yuasa drivers forcing their way up the field from 11th and 12th on the grid.

Cook would finish behind Neal in seventh, with Sam Tordoff just behind, as the BMW driver was compromised in the latter goings of the race at the chicane, which saw multiple drivers go through.

Cooks’ teammate Sutton would fall down the order, along with Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan, with the pair finishing 13th and 11th respectively, having run in the top ten for the majority of the race.

They were two of six drivers running the soft tyre in race two, which also included Eurotech Racing’s Martin Depper, who started last and finished 17th.

Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffatt and Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin were also in the wars, but completed the top ten after 19 laps of racing.

Team BMR’s very public steep learning curve continues, as both Warren Scott and Jason Plato finished in 19th and 20th at the flag. But with Turkington’s efforts to get the Levorg some more BTCC points in race one of the weekend, the reverse grid for race three could spring a surprise.

The third and final race of the day at Donington Park starts at 17.17 local time, with Mat Jackson leading the drivers standings, and both Neal and Shedden within three points of the Motorbase driver.

Race result

1 100 C Rob COLLARD Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 19 25:07.394 1:10.707 6
2 7 Mat JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 19 1.67 1:10.833 1
3 40 Árón SMITH BKR Volkswagen CC 19 3.307 1:10.734 8
4 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 3.429 1:10.851 11
5 31 C Jack GOFF Team IHG Rewards Club BMW 125i M Sport 19 4.939 1:10.738 4
6 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 5.547 1:10.851 12
7 66 M Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 19 9.967 1:11.208 2
8 600 C Sam TORDOFF Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 19 10.311 1:10.650 9
9 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 11.124 1:10.913 16
10 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 19 11.378 1:10.857 18
11 33 Adam MORGAN WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 12.609 1:11.008 13
12 77 Andrew JORDAN Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 19 13.358 1:10.986 14
13 116 M Ashley SUTTON MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 19 20.04 1:11.129 5
14 53 Hunter ABBOTT Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 19 20.315 1:11.325 15
15 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 19 20.433 1:10.906 3
16 14 Alex MARTIN Dextra Racing with Team Parker Ford Focus 19 20.856 1:11.938 20
17 30 Martin DEPPER Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 24.166 1:11.756 31
18 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 25.205 1:11.057 7
19 39 M Warren SCOTT Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 19 25.739 1:12.059 25
20 99 M Jason PLATO Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 19 26.73 1:11.827 17
21 22 Chris SMILEY TLC Racing Toyota Avensis 19 27.223 1:12.150 22
22 303 Matt SIMPSON Speedworks Motorsport Honda Civic Type R 19 31.188 1:11.889 28
23 38 Mark HOWARD BKR Volkswagen CC 19 37.866 1:12.245 23
24 12 Mike EPPS RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 19 38.505 1:13.391 19
25 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 19 40.159 1:12.389 30
R 24 Jake HILL RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 14 5 Laps 1:11.461 26
R 17 Dan WELCH Goodestone Racing Proton Persona 12 7 Laps 1:11.902 29
R 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 4 15 Laps 1:33.899 10
R 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD Tuning Audi S3 0 19 Laps 00.000 21
R 84 Kelvin FLETCHER Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 0 19 Laps 00.000 24
R 20 M James COLE Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 00.000 27

Complete race results

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