Jake Hill takes maiden BTCC victory, may face penalty for contact with...

Jake Hill takes maiden BTCC victory, may face penalty for contact with Matt Neal

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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)

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
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
BTCC points deficit after Round 15
Graphic: TouringCars.Net