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.
|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|