Rob Collard heads BMW 1-2-3 in re-started final Oulton Park race

Rob Collard heads BMW 1-2-3 in re-started final Oulton Park race

Rob Collard
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Rob Collard lead team-mates Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington in a BMW 1-2-3 in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Oulton Park, with the race having to be restarted after a start-line shunt on lap one.

The first start saw Rob Collard get the jump on Rob Austin to take the lead heading into the first corner, whilst behind the leading dozen there was chaos further behind.

Team HARD’s Mike Bushell got off the line well and attempted to go between the Mercedes of Tom Oliphant and the MG of Rory Butcher, but with not enough room the Volkswagen driver ended up turning the duo ahead into each other.

That then pitched Oliphant into the pit wall, whilst Butcher speared to the other side of the circuit and in the process collected both of the BTC Norlin Hondas of Chris Smiley and Dan Lloyd, giving the latter heavy front-end damage.

Whilst the safety car was initially deployed the red flags soon flew when it became clear that recovery of the four damaged cars would take some time.

The restart saw a new standing start in the original grid order, with Austin again starting at the front.

Collard again got the jump on Austin’s Alfa Romeo to lead into Turn 1, with the BMW driver not looking back to lead the rest of the race and claim his first win of the year.

Jordan claimed third after getting past Motorbase’s James Cole on the first lap, with the Pirtek Racing driver then inheriting third when Austin slowed with a driveshaft failure after nine laps.

Turkington had to work harder for his podium position, firstly picking off Motorbase’s Tom Chilton for fifth on the second lap before getting past Cole four laps later at Lodge corner for what was then fourth, which became third with Austin’s retirement.

Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff took fourth to bank enough points to remain tied in second in the standings, continuing his consistent run that sees him as one of the few drivers to have finished every race in 2018.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan was fifth, the Mercedes driver having been on a charge late in the race to make up two places in the final laps.

Morgan particularly benefitted when Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram and Honda’s Matt Neal duked it out at Druids corner on lap seven, with Neal sent wide through the grass at high speed and Morgan passing both in the process.

Ingram finished in sixth, whilst Neal lost seven places in the process and ultimately recovered to just 14th.

Chilton took the chequered flag in seventh after losing places in the final laps, ahead of Team HARD’s Mike Bushell in eighth.

Fellow Team HARD driver Jake Hill and the second Motorbase Ford of Cole completed the top ten.

Ash Sutton was the leading Subaru driver in 13th, whilst his team-mate Jason Plato retired to the pits after four laps shortly after the Mercedes of Aiden Moffat breezed past on the straight at Hill Top for what was then 16th position.

Moffat too ultimately suffered in the race, picking up a puncture on the last lap to drop him to 20th. Honda’s Dan Cammish also suffered the same fate earlier in the race, and after a pitstop to change rubber he could only recover to 22nd one lap down.

Sam Tordoff failed to start the race after his fire in race two, whilst race one winner Matt Simpson was again ruled out with engine issues.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 12 17:38.471 1:27.405 2
2 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 12 3.881 1:27.529 4
3 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 12 7.647 1:27.694 7
4 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 12 9.333 1:27.698 8
5 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 13.385 1:27.819 11
6 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 12 15.374 1:27.796 10
7 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 12 16.36 1:27.977 5
8 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 12 16.786 1:27.093 15
9 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 12 17.403 1:27.394 21
10 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 12 18.153 1:27.939 3
11 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 18.910 1:27.126 26
12 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 18.974 1:27.586 16
13 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 19.206 1:27.455 23
14 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 19.559 1:27.960 6
15 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 12 21.584 1:28.379 25
16 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 12 21.944 1:28.390 30
17 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 12 25.031 1:28.225 28
18 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 12 26.111 1:27.012 19
19 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 12 41.924 1:28.421 22
20 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 42.622 1:27.703 31
21 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 12 1:21.197 1:27.934 9
22 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 1 Lap 1:27.455 12
R 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 9 DNF 1:29.094 24
R 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 9 DNF 1:27.564 1
R 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 4 DNF 1:28.993 20
R 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 0 DNF N/A 14
R 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 0 DNF N/A 13
R 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 0 DNF N/A 27
R 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 18
R 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 17
NS 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNS N/A 32
NS 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 0 DNS N/A 29