Trade Price Cars Racing’s Jake Hill took his maiden victory in the British Touring Car Championship in the final race at Oulton Park, but was then penalised for contact with Matt Neal just after the latter had taken the lead.
Hill, who started the contest from reverse-grid pole, held onto the lead on the opening lap before Neal made a switch-back manoeuvre on the exit of Lodge Corner before completing it into Old Hall on the start of the third tour.
The pair then made contact as Hill attempted to cut back himself and tagged the back of Neal’s Civic, pitching it into a spin and causing chaos as the following cars were forced to take avoiding action.
Of those, Tom Ingram spun onto the grass and later had to retire, while Jason Plato’s car was damaged and dropped large amounts of oil on the entry to the Island hairpin causing others to exit the road.
By virtue of the drama, Hill then had a five-second advantage, which AmD Tuning stablemate Rory Butcher gradually whittled away at, placing late pressure onto Hill before sliding wide on the oil on the penultimate lap and ending his chances of a first on-the-road victory.
That promoted Stephen Jelley who capped off a strong weekend with his second podium of the 2019 campaign with Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant completing the rostrum.
Fellow AmD Tuning racer Sam Tordoff completed a trio of top tens in fourth position ahead of Andrew Jordan, who reduced the standings deficit to WSR stablemate Colin Turkington with fifth position in the final encounter.
Next was Butcher, who will rue his mistake into the Island Hairpin which cost him a shot of the win, ahead of Josh Cook’s FK8 Honda Civic.
Cook defended well in an entertaining three way battle between him and 2017 champion Ash Sutton, who himself was defending from Turkington, who won the opening two races of the day.
Aiden Moffat enjoyed his best result of the day by completing the top ten, with fellow Mercedes A-Class runner Adam Morgan bouncing back from unfortunate incidents in earlier races to finish 11th.
Eventually coming home in 12th position was three-time champion Neal, ahead of the recovering Tom Chilton who led home his Motorbase Performance team-mate Ollie Jackson.
Completing the points was Carl Boardley who completed his season-best result in 15th, while double podium finisher Dan Cammish struggled with the weight to finish 17th behind Ciceley Motorsport’s Daniel Rowbottom.
UPDATE: Hill was handed a post-race 20-second penalty for the contact with Neal, dropping him to 14th and handing Jelley his first win in almost ten years.
Original race result (subsequently amended)
|1||24||I||Jake HILL||TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||15||22:09.105||1:27.802||1|
|2||12||I||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||15||0.951||1:27.516||6|
|3||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||15||2.065||1:27.519||9|
|4||600||I||Sam TORDOFF||Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance||Honda Civic Type R||15||3.660||1:27.556||7|
|5||77||M||Andrew JORDAN||BMW Pirtek Racing||BMW 330i M Sport||15||3.945||1:27.583||11|
|6||6||I||Rory BUTCHER||Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance||Honda Civic Type R||15||5.461||1:26.996||5|
|7||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||15||6.924||1:27.892||8|
|8||116||M||Ashley SUTTON||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg||15||7.222||1:27.789||16|
|9||1||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||15||7.367||1:27.778||12|
|10||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||15||12.274||1:28.120||14|
|11||33||I||Adam MORGAN||Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||15||13.670||1:27.863||19|
|12||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||15||17.487||1:27.666||2|
|13||3||I||Tom CHILTON||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||15||17.721||1:28.338||28|
|14||48||I||Ollie JACKSON||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||15||19.282||1:27.573||13|
|15||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||15||23.209||1:28.492||17|
|16||32||I||Daniel ROWBOTTOM||Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||15||23.942||1:28.562||15|
|17||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||15||24.594||1:27.640||10|
|18||8||I||Mark BLUNDELL||TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||15||27.085||1:28.225||23|
|19||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with Motorbase||Ford Focus RS||15||28.871||1:28.176||25|
|20||18||M||Senna PROCTOR||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg||15||29.344||1:27.882||18|
|21||4||I||Sam OSBORNE||Exceler8 Motorsport||MG6||15||35.493||1:29.101||27|
|22||777||I||Michael CREES||GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct||Volkswagen CC||15||38.699||1:29.038||24|
|23||9||M||Rob COLLARD||Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||15||38.805||1:27.659||22|
|R||303||I||Matt SIMPSON||Simpson Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14||DNF||1:27.955||20|
|R||19||I||Bobby THOMPSON||GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct||Volkswagen CC||13||DNF||1:28.455||21|
|R||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Team Toyota GB with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||7||DNF||1:27.345||4|
|R||22||I||Chris SMILEY||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||7||DNF||1:27.541||30|
|R||11||M||Jason PLATO||Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||2||DNF||1:27.683||3|
|NS||37||I||Rob SMITH||Exceler8 Motorsport||MG6||–||DNS||N/A||26|
|NS||31||I||Jack GOFF||RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||–||DNS||N/A||29|