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.
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.
|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|