Jake Hill claims maiden win in eventful race three

Jake Hill claims maiden win in eventful race three

Jake Hill
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Jake Hill took a maiden victory in the reversed-grid final British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill, as championship challenger Andrew Jordan retired from the race on the opening lap.

Hill took a lights-to-flag victory in the third race under sunny skies in Scotland, withstanding race-long pressure from BTC Racing’s Josh Cook to take a first win in his 108th BTCC race.

The AmD driver had to twice manage a restart, as the safety car was called on after the first lap and then later in the race.

The first safety car was needed when Senna Proctor spun his Subaru on the exit of the chicane, collecting BMW Pirtek Racing’s Jordan as he took to the grass in avoidance. The slight contact turned Jordan into the barriers before his car became beeched in the gravel.

Jordan had earlier reduced the points gap to just four points with victory in race two, but his retirement has enabled the gap to grow once again.

The second safety car phase came on lap 16 when Mike Bushell’s Honda lost its left-rear wheel, which then stopped in the middle of the circuit. Only two laps under safety car were required.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan completed the podium, having got past the Vauxhall of Jason Plato for the position on lap 14 as the Power Maxed Racing driver faded in the second half of the race.

The second BTC Honda of Chris Smiley was fourth, the Northern Irishman powering through from tenth on the grid, ahead of Tom Ingram’s Toyota in fifth.

The final seven laps of the race saw Plato drop down to eighth by the chequered flag, as Ingram, Honda’s Dan Cammish and Motorbase’s Tom Chilton picked him off in the space of three laps.

In finishing in sixth, Cammish has also moved to just 11 points adrift of the championship lead, despite only claiming one win so far this year.

Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat and BMW’s Colin Turkington completed the top ten, the latter opening his advantage over Jordan back up to ten points with a determined drive from 19th on the grid.

Honda’s Matt Neal had been running in ninth with eight laps to go, but he found himself getting shuffled around at the end of the race, including losing three places on lap 21, just missing out on the top ten.

Subaru’s Ash Sutton was 12th, ahead of the second BMW of Tom Oliphant and AmD’s Rory Butcher, who had been forced to start the race from 13th after being given a five-place grid penalty following contact with Turkington in race two.

The next BTCC round takes place at Silverstone on 28 – 29 September.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 27 26:30.735 51.195 1
2 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 1.107 51.261 2
3 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 2.253 51.245 4
4 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 2.751 51.251 10
5 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 27 7.601 51.196 5
6 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 10.361 51.417 8
7 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 10.987 51.619 6
8 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 11.664 51.381 3
9 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 12.588 51.699 12
10 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 13.209 51.405 19
11 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 14.650 51.358 15
12 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 27 15.303 51.485 16
13 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 16.004 51.137 14
14 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 27 16.080 51.469 13
15 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 17.421 51.686 18
16 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 18.071 51.843 17
17 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 18.554 51.374 29
18 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 18.883 51.859 23
19 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 27 20.524 51.992 20
20 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 27 21.742 52.080 21
21 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 27 21.962 52.140 24
22 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 27 22.334 52.130 25
23 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 27 23.652 52.116 22
24 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 27 24.930 52.094 27
25 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 27 25.770 52.017 26
26 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 25 + 2 LAPS 51.703 30
R 21 I Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 15 DNF 51.445 28
R 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 1 DNF N/A 7
R 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 0 DNF N/A 9
R 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 11
BTCC points deficit after Round 23
Graphic: TouringCars.Net