Tom Chilton claims first BTCC win in seven years in race three

Tom Chilton claims first BTCC win in seven years in race three

Tom Chilton
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Motorbase’s Tom Chilton claimed his first win in the British Touring Car Championship since 2011 in the final race at Knockhill, holding off Team BMW’s Colin Turkington and BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan.

Chilton led the race from lights-to-flag to become the 14th different winner of the season, withstanding late-race pressure from Turkington to take his 13th win in the series.

Although Turkington could only take second, the Northern Irishman was able to extend his points lead to 43 points after a steady drive in wet but drying conditions.

Jordan completed the podium, having jumped past Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook at the start before passing Honda’s Dan Cammish, who was going backwards through the field, on lap ten.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan finished in fourth, having run in second early on in the race but succumbing to Turkington on lap 15 and Jordan three laps later.

Motorbase’s Sam Tordoff was fifth, having got past the MG of Rory Butcher along with Cook on the penultimate lap of the race.

AmD Tuning racer Butcher held on to take seventh, marking the Knockhill local’s third top ten finish of the weekend and the second successive weekend in which he has been in the top ten in all three races.

The drive of the race went to Subaru’s Ash Sutton, who carved his way through the field from 30th on the grid to end the race in eighth and limit the damage to his championship chances from Turkington’s podium finish.

Sutton had got past Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff on the penultimate lap at the hairpin, the scene of most of his passing moves, leaving Goff to take ninth and his best result of the weekend ahead of BTC Norlin Racing’s Dan Lloyd, who completed the top ten.

Although Speedworks’ Tom Ingram started alongside Sutton on the back row of the grid after the duo’s race two exclusion, his progress was much more muted and he could only bring his Toyota home in 16th after making up 14 places in the race – just missing out on the points.

Cammish, meanwhile, slipped down the rankings as the race entered its latter phase, finishing in 17th despite having run in fourth for the first nine laps.

The safety car was only required once in the race when Eurotech Racing’s Brett Smith tapped Matt Simpson into a spin at the hairpin, with the latter’s Honda collecting Mike Bushell’s Volkswagen.

Later on in the race as Senna Proctor made a beeline for the pits he was contacted from behind by Smith, who hit the back of the Vauxhall unaware that Proctor was intending to pit. It sent the Vauxhall into the tyres at the pit entrance, with Smith later retiring from 21st due to the damage.

The BTCC resumes at Silverstone in three weeks’ time.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 27:39.687 56.429 1
2 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 27 0.948 56.098 3
3 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 6.332 56.334 6
4 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 10.899 56.623 2
5 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 27 11.112 56.613 11
6 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 11.590 56.314 5
7 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 27 12.075 56.435 7
8 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 15.266 56.116 30
9 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 27 16.153 56.748 8
10 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 16.446 56.634 14
11 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 17.016 56.561 10
12 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 17.533 56.666 13
13 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 27 18.607 56.764 9
14 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 19.057 56.419 27
15 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 21.412 56.676 17
16 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 27 25.592 56.510 31
17 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 26.595 57.076 4
18 41 Glynn GEDDIE AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 27 27.150 56.789 15
19 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 27.210 56.402 23
20 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 27 27.600 56.260 24
21 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 28.149 56.623 26
22 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 31.206 56.670 18
23 42 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 27 34.540 57.073 28
24 55 M Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 26 + 1 LAP 56.867 12
25 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 25 + 2 LAPS 56.208 25
R 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 21 DNF 56.852 19
R 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 20 DNF 56.682 16
R 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 19 DNF 57.264 21
R 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 7 DNF 1:00.106 29
R 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 2 DNF 1:00.171 22
R 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 2 DNF 1:08.932 20