Colin Turkington seizes standings lead with Silverstone victory as puncture costs Ash Sutton

Reigning champion Colin Turkington secured victory in the second British Touring Car Championship contest at Silverstone, in a race which could have huge title ramifications come the end of the season as Ash Sutton and Tom Ingram both suffer punctures.

Race one winner Dan Cammish initially led the way again from pole, fending off the challenge from Ingram as drama unfolded behind with erstwhile championship leader Sutton making contact with Rory Butcher, dropping the Scot out of contention.

Turkington then regained the position on Sutton that he had previously lost at Copse as the latter fell down to tenth position before eventually having to pit with a front-left puncture that damaged the bodywork of his Infiniti Q50.

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Notably, Sutton went back out on track before the end of the race to pick up a point for fastest lap as some consolation in what was a disastrous race that dropped him six points behind Turkington in the standings.

Meanwhile out front, Ingram was able to get past Cammish who then fell behind Turkington at the midway mark of the race, before the Toyota Corolla racer then suffered the same fate as Sutton, with the left-front deflating and promoting Turkington to the lead for his 150th series podium.

The result promotes Cammish to third in the standings only 20 points adrift of Turkington, while Ingram drops to fourth a further two points behind with a gap of 32 points to the defending champion.

Completing the podium was Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan who made rapid progress in the opening laps to fourth before being another beneficiary of Ingram’s puncture to secure his second podium result of the season after his race three win at Oulton Park.

Next was Cammish’s team-mate Matt Neal in fourth, while Aiden Moffat enjoyed his best result of the season in his 200th BTCC start after progressing from 11th on the grid through to round out the top five runners in his Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50.

Thruxton race three winner Josh Cook managed sixth in his BTC Racing Honda Civic, while Jake Hill – who had been running in the top five before losing out in a skirmish with Matt Neal – would eventually cross the line seventh in his MB Motorsport FK2 Honda Civic.

Ollie Jackson was the best of the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST’s in eighth after Butcher’s lap one contact, while Tom Oliphant put in a remarkable drive to come from the back of the grid after a suspension failure in race one to place ninth at the flag, securing reverse grid pole in the process.

Excelr8 Motorsport’s Senna Proctor completed the top ten in his Hyundai i30 Fastback N, while Tom Chilton’s BTC Racing Honda was 11th with Sam Osborne just behind in 12th.

Bobby Thompson’s Audi was next in 13th while Butcher could ultimately only recover to 14th ahead of Chris Smiley’s Hyundai in 15th in the last of the points-scoring positions.

The final race of the day for the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone is scheduled to get underway at 17:24 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 22 21:26.293 57.968 4
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 1.245 57.923 1
3 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 3.172 58.111 6
4 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 7.876 58.209 8
5 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 12.576 58.308 11
6 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 13.804 58.310 10
7 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 22 14.500 58.414 7
8 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 22 14.910 58.373 13
9 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 15.102 58.190 25
10 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 16.911 58.515 14
11 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 17.115 58.432 15
12 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 22 17.831 58.463 17
13 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 22 18.380 58.429 18
14 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 22 18.559 58.161 3
15 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 20.016 58.537 16
16 180 I James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 22 20.404 58.614 22
17 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 21.098 58.569 20
18 8 I Tom ONSLOW-COLE RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 22 21.446 58.540 19
19 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 22 21.913 58.669 27
20 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 22 22.858 58.139 9
21 9 I Jade EDWARDS Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 25.507 58.495 23
22 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 22 26.205 58.667 21
23 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 22 43.244 58.401 12
24 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 21 + 1 LAP 59.046 24
25 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 21 + 1 LAP 58.020 2
26 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 20 + 2 LAPS 57.687 5
R 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 13 DNF 58.416 26

BTCC points deficit after Round 17
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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