Colin Turkington wins second contest as rival Dan Cammish suffers mechnical issue

Reigning champion Colin Turkington took a controlled victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

The Northern Irishman extended his advantage in the standings over Dan Cammish who suffered a mechanical failure in the closing laps of the race.

It was Turkington who predictably took the lead at the start as Cammish bogged down, with Ollie Jackson initially taking second before Tom Ingram executed a cutback move on the Ford out of Westfield on the run down through Dingle Dell.

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Once in second position, Ingram applied the pressure to Turkington for the lead of the race, but was unable to pass with the four-time champion eventually able to pull clear as Ingram’s challenge faded late in the race.

Cammish had looked in a comfortable third position but would slow dramatically with three laps remaining, managing to get going again later in the race but failing to secure any points.

That promoted Ash Sutton to the podium after he again made steady progress, while race one polesitter Rory Butcher stormed through the pack to manage an incredible fourth after starting 25th on the grid.

By the time the safety car came out on lap three of the race for an incident between Bobby Thompson’s Audi and Michael Crees’ Honda, Butcher had already made up 13 places up to 12th.

He continued his charge once the race resumed to eventually come home ahead of team-mate and race one podium finisher Ollie Jackson, who put in an impressive defensive drive early in the race to round out the top five runners.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan enjoyed a strong performance to place sixth in his Mercedes-Benz, ahead of Turkington’s team-mate Tom Oliphant in seventh.

Next was Senna Proctor’s Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai in eighth position, while Stephen Jelley’s BMW gathered more points in ninth with James Gornall putting in a solid performance in only his second BTCC weekend to complete the top ten.

Team HARD’s Jack Goff eventually placed 11th to secure his first points of the season ahead of Aiden Moffat in the second of the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50s, with the Scot set to start race three from pole position.

Northern Irishman Chris Smiley finished the race 13th in his Hyundai i30 Fastback N, while Andy Neate made it three points finishes in race two for Motorbase Performance on home soil in 14th.

Rounding out the points-paying positions in 15th was Carl Boardley’s BMW 125i M Sport.

The final British Touring Car Championship race of the day is scheduled to get underway at 17:30 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 18 32:37.235 1:32.790 2
2 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 18 3.222 1:32.681 4
3 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 18 6.546 1:32.747 6
4 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 18 12.822 1:33.327 25
5 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 18 13.943 1:33.135 3
6 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 14.269 1:33.640 11
7 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 15.082 1:33.482 8
8 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 18 16.596 1:33.626 7
9 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 18 16.759 1:33.683 9
10 180 I James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 17.408 1:33.740 13
11 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 19.429 1:33.482 17
12 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 18 20.142 1:33.432 18
13 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 18 20.329 1:33.163 15
14 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 18 20.546 1:33.499 19
15 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 18 22.240 1:33.517 16
16 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 18 27.470 1:33.546 24
17 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 18 31.282 1:34.304 22
18 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 31.479 1:34.222 23
19 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 18 59.604 1:32.830 1
20 34 I Ollie BROWN RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 17 + 1 LAP 1:34.011 20
R 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 10 DNF 1:33.679 10
R 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 10 DNF 1:34.007 21
R 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 9 DNF 1:33.119 5
R 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 8 DNF 1:34.335 26
R 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 2 DNF 1:34.574 12
R 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 2 DNF 1:34.452 14

BTCC points deficit after Round 5
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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