Colin Turkington takes BMW’s 100th win in the BTCC

Colin Turkington takes BMW’s 100th win in the BTCC

Colin Turkington
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Colin Turkington took BMW’s 100th victory in the British Touring Car Championship with a lights-to-flag win in race three at Thruxton, ahead of Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram and Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff.

From the reverse-grid pole position, Turkington got off to the perfect start and controlled the race, with the Northern Irishman never being challenged for the victory, winning with a comfortable 2.5 second advantage.

Ingram took second, having worked his way past Goff for the runner-up position on lap nine. The move means that the Toyota driver has finished all bar one race so-far in 2017 inside the top ten, and he extends his lead to 17 points at the top of the drivers’ championship.

Goff held on to take his second podium finish in a row, ahead of the factory Honda of Gordon Shedden in fourth, who got past Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin for the position on lap eight.

Austin took fifth, ahead of the only on-the-pace Subaru of Ash Sutton in sixth, with the BMR driver having got past BMW’s Rob Collard for the position with just three laps to go.

Collard was seventh, giving the BMW driver and race two winner important points to keep him fourth overall in the standings, ahead of Ciceley Motorsport duo Aiden Moffat and Adam Morgan.

Honda’s Matt Neal completed the top ten, with the three-time champion carving his way through the field from 29th on the grid to earn six crucial points in the championship battle.

Power Maxed Racing’s Tom Chilton had to settle for 11th after being passed by Neal on the final lap of the race, ahead of BTC Norlin Racing’s Dave Newsham and BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan.

Eurotech’s Jeff Smith had been running in tenth position, before the Honda driver suffered a high-speed spin on lap 11 in front of the pack. Remarkably all cars managed to avoid Smith, and he re-joined the race but could only finish in 27th place.

The poor run of form continued for Subaru, with the exception of Sutton, and Jason Plato, as the two-time champion struggled around at the back for most of the race, including a stop in the pits.

After his race two shunt, Motorbase Performance’s Martin Depper failed to start the race, along with the AmD Audi of Ant Whorton-Eales.

Whilst Daniel Lloyd’s participation had been in doubt after his huge race two accident, the Triple Eight engineers did manage to repair the MG, albeit not in time for the race start. Lloyd ventured out after lap one, completed a few laps, before contact was made with Motorbase’s Luke Davenport and both drivers were forced to retire with damage.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 20:56.728 1:17.585 1
2 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 2.576 1:17.398 4
3 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 4.081 1:17.395 3
4 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 5.836 1:17.756 5
5 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 10.002 1:17.812 2
6 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 10.756 1:17.508 8
7 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 11.732 1:17.878 6
8 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 12.414 1:17.845 9
9 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 12.989 1:17.540 7
10 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 13.225 1:17.937 29
11 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 13.694 1:17.380 12
12 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 14.616 1:17.650 13
13 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 14.917 1:17.993 14
14 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 16 17.474 1:18.037 20
15 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 16 19.220 1:18.389 21
16 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 20.962 1:18.041 11
17 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 16 21.430 1:18.354 16
18 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 21.647 1:18.076 15
19 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 22.520 1:18.369 23
20 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 16 22.865 1:18.303 18
21 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 16 26.224 1:18.789 22
22 66 Josh COOK Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 16 26.275 1:18.691 30
23 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 16 32.973 1:19.036 19
24 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 16 34.599 1:18.704 26
25 40 M Árón SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 16 41.519 1:18.940 27
26 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 42.96 1:18.483 28
27 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 52.180 1:17.617 10
28 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 2 Laps 1:18.045 25
R 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 6 10 Laps 1:18.556 17
R 23 M Daniel LLOYD MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 1 15 Laps 00.000 32
NS 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus DNS N/A 31
NS 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 DNS N/A 24

Complete race results