Colin Turkington controls race one to win with maximum ballast

Colin Turkington controls race one to win with maximum ballast

Colin Turkington
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BMW’s Colin Turkington took a lights-to-flag victory in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park, with Honda’s Dan Cammish and BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan completing the podium.

Turkington got a strong start to lead into the first corner, whilst behind him Cammish had to fend off a challenge from the fast-starting BMW of Jordan into the first sequence of turns, with the Team Dynamics driver eventually prevailing in second.

That gave Turkington the chance to open up a one-second gap by the end of the first lap, although Cammish did make small inroads into the reigning champion’s lead until lap five, when his team-mate Matt Neal went off at Druids.

As Neal, then running in sixth, turned into the high-speed right-hander the front-left wheel on his Honda detached, pitching the three-time champion heavily into the barriers on the outside of the corner and requiring a five-lap safety car period to allow his car to be recovered.

At the restart Turkington once again pulled clear of Cammish, eventually taking his third win of the season by just over two seconds.

Jordan completed the podium, remarkably taking his sixth visit of the year to the rostrum but his first without winning.

AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher finished in fourth and as the leading Independent driver, having got past team-mate Sam Tordoff on the opening lap as the second AmD Honda slipped from the front row of the grid to fifth, where he would take the chequered flag.

The third WSR BMW of Tom Oliphant was sixth, despite applying plenty of pressure to Tordoff, just ahead of Toyota’s Tom Ingram in seventh.

Subaru’s Ash Sutton was eighth, although the BMR driver was involved in a couple of incidents in the race. Sutton made contact with the left-rear corner of Adam Morgan’s Mercedes on lap 13 as he made a late move up the inside at Cascades, giving him then ninth but causing damage to the Mercedes that saw Morgan retire.

Sutton then passed former team-mate Jason Plato for eighth on the penultimate lap, the duo having earlier made contact at Hislop’s on lap 11.

Power Maxed Racing’s Plato and Motorbase Performance’s Ollie Jackson completed the top ten, the latter having passed team-mate Tom Chilton on lap three when slight contact pushed Chilton wide at the final corner.

Notably neither of the BTC Racing Hondas cracked the points after their difficult qualifying session, with Chris Smiley heading Josh Cook in 16th and 17th respectively.

Trade Price Car’s Mark Blundell was the only other retirement from the race when he pulled his Audi S3 off the circuit at Hislop’s on lap 14 whilst running in last with steam emanating from under the bonnet of his car.

Race two is scheduled to get underway at 14:50 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 29:34.083 1:26.484 1
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 2.021 1:26.344 3
3 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 18 2.731 1:26.611 4
4 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 7.222 1:26.835 5
5 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 7.613 1:27.001 2
6 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 8.109 1:26.825 7
7 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 18 8.957 1:27.096 9
8 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 9.612 1:26.751 13
9 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 10.654 1:27.184 8
10 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 12.293 1:26.909 12
11 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 18 12.783 1:27.159 17
12 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 13.862 1:27.158 14
13 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 15.696 1:27.430 10
14 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 16.147 1:27.537 15
15 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 16.390 1:27.501 18
16 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 17.173 1:27.779 16
17 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 18.631 1:27.694 22
18 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 19.607 1:27.659 20
19 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 18 20.358 1:27.711 21
20 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 21.070 1:28.053 19
21 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 21.655 1:27.996 23
22 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 22.031 1:28.168 24
23 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 18 22.912 1:28.139 25
24 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 23.172 1:27.782 30
25 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 18 25.053 1:28.019 28
26 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 18 32.739 1:29.032 29
27 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 18 34.816 1:28.826 27
R 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 13 DNF 1:28.585 26
R 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 DNF 1:27.386 11
R 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 4 DNF 1:26.873 6
BTCC points deficit after Round 13
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