Colin Turkington doubles up on way to 50th BTCC win at Oulton...

Colin Turkington doubles up on way to 50th BTCC win at Oulton Park

Colin Turkington
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Colin Turkington secured a second successive lights-to-flag win in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park, as the BMW driver took his 50th victory in the series.

Turkington had earlier won race one from pole position and the reigning champion took another dominant victory in the second race under sunny skies in Cheshire, with little challenges coming to the points leader at the front of the field.

Andrew Jordan took second in his BMW Pirtek Racing 3 Series, having got the jump on Honda’s Dan Cammish off the line at the start to take his second straight podium and move up to second in the points standings.

Cammish had to settle for the final podium position, the Team Dynamics driver unable to challenge the leading BMW duo despite running on the soft, and favoured, tyre.

There was less than one racing lap before the safety car was required for the second time of the day when Team HARD’s Jack Goff was knocked off the circuit approaching the hairpin by BTC Racing’s Josh Cook – who ended up punting Goff into his BTC team-mate Chris Smiley, taking both the Volkswagen and Honda drivers out of the race.

Racing resumed on lap six, with Turkington comfortably opening up his lead at the front, whilst behind the fiercest battles came on the fringes of the top ten.

Honda’s Matt Neal made his way up to 12th by lap 12, with the Civic driver on form as he passed Ollie Jackson and Jake Hill on successive laps to move up to 11th before the safety car was needed again due to Exceler8 Motorsport’s  Sam Osborne going off into the barriers on the exit of Old Hall Corner.

There were no further changes of position in the top five places after the race restarted on lap 16, as BMW’s Tom Oliphant took fourth, having made up two places at the very start of the race with a lightning getaway.

AmD Tuning’s Sam Tordoff took fifth, ahead of Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelley in sixth, the BMW 1 Series driver passing Jason Plato, Tom Ingram and Rory Butcher in the final five laps of the race to equal his best result of the year.

Butcher was seventh, the AmD driver losing out to Jelley two laps from the flag, ahead of Ingram in eighth, the Toyota driver having gone wide exiting the chicane on lap 16 and losing two places as a result.

Completing the top ten were Plato and Cook, with the latter Honda driver sustaining intense pressure from Neal, who came from 30th on the grid, in the final laps.

Motorbase’s Tom Chilton retired to the pits after six laps whilst running in 12th following contact with Jake Hill.

The second Exceler8 MG of Rob Smith failed to finish, crashing just metres from the finish line after contact from Michael Crees exiting the final corner turned him into the barriers in a hefty impact which threw the car airborne.

Turkington’s landmark win gives the Northern Irishman a 38-point lead at the top of the points table ahead of Jordan in second and Sutton and Cook in joint third.

Race three gets underway at 17:10 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 30:27.871 1:26.204 1
2 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 18 1.229 1:26.409 3
3 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1.859 1:26.669 2
4 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 2.460 1:26.728 6
5 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 3.662 1:26.775 5
6 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 18 3.802 1:27.061 10
7 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 5.785 1:26.906 4
8 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 18 6.306 1:26.860 7
9 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 6.756 1:27.014 8
10 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 7.627 1:26.945 17
11 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 7.780 1:26.633 30
12 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 8.046 1:27.176 12
13 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 9.487 1:27.094 9
14 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 9.724 1:27.335 18
15 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 9.953 1:27.289 21
16 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 10.19 1:27.201 13
17 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 11.032 1:27.246 20
18 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 11.177 1:27.290 22
19 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 12.337 1:26.967 29
20 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 13.083 1:27.401 24
21 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 18 14.092 1:27.256 19
22 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 14.748 1:27.714 15
23 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 17.216 1:27.749 28
24 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 18 17.908 1:28.130 27
25 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 18 40.385 1:26.963 23
R 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 17 DNF 1:27.637 25
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 11 DNF 1:28.355 26
R 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 6 DNF 1:49.444 11
R 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 0 DNF N/A 14
R 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 16
BTCC points deficit after Round 14
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