Rory Butcher regains lead from Andrew Jordan on final lap to take...

Rory Butcher regains lead from Andrew Jordan on final lap to take race one win

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Rory Butcher fended off huge pressure from Andrew Jordan in the closing laps of the opening British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill after the pair swapped positions on the final tour with Butcher holding on to take the victory.

Polesitter Butcher had kept the fast-starting BMW of Jordan at bay for the majority of the 27-lap encounter, but struggled with a gearbox issue late in the race which affected his run out of the hairpin.

Jordan had pressurised Butcher into the hairpin and got the drive on the exit – gaining an extra point in the standings for leading across the line – before running wide on the exit of Duffus Dip and allowing Butcher back through into McIntyres.

Completing the podium was Dan Cammish on the unfavourable medium compound tyre, who drove defensively for the majority from reigning champion Colin Turkington before the latter dropped away in the closing stages.

The triple champion – who now has a 25 point lead in the standings – did maintain fourth position from Team BMR’s Senna Proctor, who finished fifth to take his best result in the Subaru Levorg this season.

Butcher’s transmission problem – which mainly affected second gear in his FK2 Honda Civic – developed after an early safety car which was necessitated after a spinning Michael Crees collected Nic Hamilton on the exit of McIntyres.

The race went green again on lap nine, but saw many runners collect damage and a high attrition rate; notably with Ash Sutton and Matt Neal coming to blows at McIntyres as Sutton tried to squeeze through on the inside.

The left-rear of Sutton’s Subaru and the right-front of Neal’s Honda tangled and both suffered broken suspension, forcing them to end their races prematurely.

Behind Proctor’s Subaru in sixth position was BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley, who had a relatively quiet race ahead of Tom Chilton’s Ford Focus RS.

The Motorbase racer started fourth and did get past Dan Cammish initially, before a mistake at the chicane left him wide and he dropped positions, eventually placing seventh ahead of Tom Ingram.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan was ninth while Jake Hill completed the top ten in the AmD-run Trade Price Cars Racing Audi S3, ahead of home hero Aiden Moffat who secured the Infiniti Q50’s best race result in the BTCC in 11th.

In 12th was Jason Plato’s Vauxhall Astra, making a late move on the medium-tyre shod Josh Cook at the Taylor’s hairpin late in the race.

Behind Cook was Matt Simpson’s Honda, while Tom Oliphant recovered from a drive-through penalty for a jump start to finish 15th as the last of the points finishers.

The second race of the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill is scheduled to get underway at 14:15 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 27 26:45.926 51.311 1
2 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 27 0.268 51.237 3
3 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 1.444 51.280 2
4 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 1.614 51.328 6
5 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 27 2.298 51.223 5
6 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 2.960 51.352 9
7 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 3.406 51.218 4
8 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 27 3.817 51.327 11
9 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 4.659 51.380 8
10 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 27 5.381 51.320 17
11 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 10.156 51.444 12
12 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 23.724 51.532 15
13 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 23.753 52.002 20
14 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 24.167 51.885 21
15 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 24.296 51.121 7
16 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 27 28.454 52.091 24
17 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 28.958 52.123 19
18 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 27 30.801 52.284 23
19 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 27 32.237 52.186 25
20 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 27 33.619 52.131 30
21 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 27 37.845 52.216 28
22 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 27 38.876 52.472 29
NC 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 23 NCF 51.774 22
R 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 DNF 52.131 18
R 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 DNF 51.359 13
R 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 DNF 52.088 10
R 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 11 DNF 51.884 14
R 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 1 DNF N/A 26
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 1 DNF N/A 27
R 21 I Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 1 DNF N/A 16
BTCC points deficit after Round 22
Graphic: TouringCars.Net