Senna Proctor wins stunning middle BTCC contest at Brands Hatch

Senna Proctor wins stunning middle BTCC contest at Brands Hatch

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A gamble on slick tyres paid dividends as Senna Proctor claimed a maiden victory in the British Touring Car Championship in dramatic circumstances at Brands Hatch.

Circuit conditions were still wet from overnight and morning rain at the 1.2 mile Kent venue, but some chose to gamble on slicks and their lap times improved dramatically in the final third of the race.

With Team.HARD’s Jake Hill second and the AmD Audi S3 of Ollie Jackson third, astonishingly all three podium finishers recorded their first silverware in the BTCC.

Tom Boardman claimed fourth in the AmD MG with a battle-scarred Mercedes-Benz A-Class of Aiden Moffat fifth despite a trip head first into the barriers.

Rob Austin’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta took sixth, with Matt Simpson seventh despite starting the race from the pit lane.

Mike Bushell opted to switch from wet tyres at the end of the two formation laps and took eighth, with the second MG of Rory Butcher ninth and erstwhile race leader Jack Goff tenth.

The drama started before the race had even commenced, with Colin Turkington stranded on the front row with a mechanical gremlin on board the BMW 125i M Sport.

Team-mate Andrew Jordan then used the vacant space to scythe past Jack Goff’s Honda Civic Type R and into the lead on the run down to Paddock Hill Bend.

Though Tom Ingram would eventually usurp them both, but a crucial safety car period for Stephen Jelley’s stranded BMW in the Clearways gravel trap gave more time for the circuit to dry.

The status quo remained largely unchanged at the front until the final third of the race – albeit with a resurgent Subaru Levorg GT of Ashley Sutton in the mix – until the slick tyres began to pay dividends for those brave enough to take them.

Initially Moffat took the lead of the lucky quintet despite a half-spin at McLaren, but contact with Proctor’s Vauxhall Astra at Druids sent the Scotsman wide and into the barrier. He skimmed back onto the circuit and continued, but couldn’t recover from fifth.

Hill’s Volkswagen CC made a couple of half-attempts to wrest the top spot away, but the 2017 Jack Sears Trophy winner had enough in hand to take the chequered flag and seal his maiden win.

Ingram’s deteroration halted at 11th ahead of Sutton, Adam Morgan, James Nash and Josh Cook.

Dan Cammish would drop to 16th, Jordan 21st as his tyres degraded at an accelerated rate and Rob Collard finished 26th via the grass on the exit of Surtees.

The final race of the weekend at Brands Hatch starts at 17:15.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 25:41.530 49.757 27
2 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 27 0.568 49.790 25
3 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 27 1.761 50.321 12
4 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 27 2.393 49.829 18
5 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 3.348 50.459 14
6 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 27 9.395 50.043 29
7 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 16.386 50.970 31
8 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 27 17.145 50.809 32
9 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 27 17.770 51.079 13
10 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 27 22.213 53.824 1
11 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 27 24.101 53.779 4
12 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 25.780 53.452 7
13 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 27.807 53.699 6
14 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 28.166 53.595 17
15 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 28.514 53.548 28
16 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 30.268 53.633 8
17 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 31.456 53.732 10
18 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 27 31.638 53.450 26
19 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 36.923 54.225 9
20 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 27 38.708 53.733 11
21 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 40.609 54.575 3
22 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 41.774 54.416 20
23 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 42.342 54.312 23
24 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 27 48.575 54.506 21
25 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 26 1 Lap 55.032 24
26 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 26 1 Lap 55.080 15
27 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 26 1 Lap 50.481 2
28 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 26 1 Lap 51.700 5
29 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 3 Laps 51.595 30
R 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 22 DNF 54.472 19
R 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 DNF 54.574 16
R 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 0 DNF N/A 22