Colin Turkington beats Ash Sutton to Croft race two win

Colin Turkington beats Ash Sutton to Croft race two win

Colin Turkington
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BMW’s Colin Turkington held off Subaru’s Ash Sutton for victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Croft, as Rob Collard moved closer to the championship lead by completing the podium.

The win marks WSR’s 50th since moving to BMW machinery in time for the 2007, as well as being almost ten years to the day since WSR’s first win with the German manufacturer.

Turkington took the lead at the start of the race after getting a better start than race one winner Sutton, despite the Northern Irishman skipping the chicane further around the lap.

Sutton remained glued to the rear bumper of Turkington throughout the race but was unable to find a way past, with the final margin of victory being 2.4 seconds for the BMW driver.

Turkington’s win moves him to within 15 points of championship leader Gordon Shedden, who continued to minimise the damage to his lead by finishing in fourth, albeit almost fifteen seconds behind the winner.

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan took fifth, withholding the advances of Subaru’s Jason Plato who took sixth and secured his best result of the season.

Motorbase’s Mat Jackson was seventh, having lost out to two-time champion Plato on lap seven.

Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin took another top ten finish in eighth, with AmD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson and Motorbase’s Martin Depper completing the top ten.

The reverse grid draw will see the top nine reversed and AmD’s Jackson start the final race of the day from the front of the grid.

Tom Ingram was the leading championship challenger to suffer in the race, with MG’s Josh Cook tagging the rear of the Speedworks Toyota on the opening lap and breaking the suspension on Ingram’s car. The move earned Cook a stop-and-go penalty, meaning he could only salvage 23rd.

Power Maxed Racing’s Tom Chilton retired on the opening lap after pulling off on the exit of the chicane with a loss of power, whilst Team Parker’s Stephen Jelley went off into the farmer’s field on the exit of Tower Bend.

The final race of the day is scheduled for 17:01 BST.

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 15 21:48.750 1:25.571 2
2 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 2.445 1:25.641 1
3 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 2.890 1:25.879 4
4 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 14.954 1:26.126 5
5 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 17.864 1:26.195 6
6 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 18.029 1:25.922 10
7 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 21.310 1:27.060 3
8 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 22.523 1:26.569 11
9 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 15 23.920 1:26.673 13
10 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 24.265 1:26.499 18
11 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 15 31.860 1:27.838 16
12 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 15 32.554 1:27.405 22
13 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 33.990 1:26.733 14
14 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 34.220 1:27.510 23
15 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 34.241 1:27.278 26
16 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 35.987 1:26.718 25
17 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 43.802 1:27.510 28
18 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 44.032 1:27.325 29
19 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 15 44.367 1:27.456 24
20 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 15 45.046 1:27.427 20
21 95 Dennis STRANDBERG Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 15 45.553 1:27.512 19
22 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 48.899 1:27.527 21
23 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 15 1:12.163 1:26.423 7
24 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 14 1 Lap 1:26.756 27
25 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 11 4 Laps 1:26.689 12
R 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 6 9 Laps 1:27.593 17
R 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 4 11 Laps 1:27.533 15
R 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 1 14 Laps N/A 8
R 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 0 N/A 9
NS 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus DNS N/A 30
NS 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R DNS N/A 31
NS 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT DNS N/A 32

Complete race results