Colin Turkington controls race two to take victory at Donington Park

Colin Turkington controls race two to take victory at Donington Park

Photo: BTCC

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington took a well-managed victory in the second race of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship season at Donington Park.

The defending champion started second on the grid, but would use his rear-wheel drive traction off the line to clear race one winner Dan Cammish into turn one.

Cammish would struggle in his Team Dynamics-run Honda Civic Type R with maximum ballast, eventually dropping down to sixth position.

Race one podium finisher Rory Butcher was the second runner to benefit as Cammish struggled, getting past in his new-for-2020 Ford Focus ST and setting about challenging Turkington.

The latter’s three-second advantage was slashed when a safety car intervened in lap nine to recover Nic Hamilton’s beached Volkswagen CC from the exit of Coppice.

Tom Oliphant would come on strong throughout the race, overtaking Toyota racer Tom Ingram on the penultimate lap and challenging Butcher on the final tour to complete a 1-3 result for Team BMW.

Ingram, who appeared to struggle with tyre wear late in the race, managed to fend off a hard-charging Ash Sutton who scythed through the field following contact in race one.

The gap was just a tenth as the pair crossed the line side-by-side, with Ingram and Sutton placing fourth and fifth respectively.

Next was Cammish ahead of his team-mate Matt Neal, while Adam Morgan and Stephen Jelley enjoyed encouraging pace in eighth and ninth.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook completed the top ten in his FK8 Honda Civic Type R, with Ollie Jackson in the second of the Motorbase Ford Focus STs in 11th position.

Behind him in 12th position was Chris Smiley, securing another points finish in a promising start to life in the brand new Hyundai i30N.

Smiley, who will start from reverse-grid pole position for race three, held off Tom Chilton’s Honda Civic with the latter’s team-mate Michael Crees a further position behind in 14th.

Rounding out the points-scoring positions was Carl Boardley in his BMW 1 Series, ahead of former stablemate Jack Goff.

The final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park is scheduled to get 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 19 24:44.051 1:10.052 2
2 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 19 2.199 1:10.247 3
3 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 19 2.610 1:09.980 6
4 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 19 2.935 1:10.131 4
5 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 19 3.046 1:09.642 14
6 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 19 5.839 1:10.495 1
7 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 19 6.271 1:10.127 5
8 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 6.576 1:10.103 12
9 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 7.949 1:10.326 9
10 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 19 8.320 1:10.477 13
11 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 19 11.171 1:10.881 17
12 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 19 11.650 1:10.598 8
13 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 19 12.003 1:10.578 10
14 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 19 14.610 1:10.437 16
15 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 19 17.384 1:10.871 19
16 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 19 18.538 1:10.740 18
17 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 19 19.000 1:10.931 11
18 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 19 20.635 1:11.059 20
19 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 21.528 1:11.482 22
20 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 19 26.555 1:10.950 15
21 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 16 3 Laps 1:10.303 26
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 15 DNF 1:11.001 7
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 7 DNF 1:12.160 25
R 34 I Ollie BROWN RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 1 DNF N/A 21
NS 180 I James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 DNS N/A 23
NS 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N DNS N/A 24