Colin Turkington dominates Snetterton race one

Reigning champion Colin Turkington took a commanding win in round 22 of the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton to move level on points with series leader Ash Sutton.

Team BMW driver Turkington, who now is tied with Sutton in his pursuit of a fifth title, held off an early charge by Tom Ingram on the opening lap before managing to build a substantial lead throughout the remainder of the race.

The polesitter made a fine start in the rear-wheel drive BMW and would lead from start-to-finish, leaving Ingram and Jake Hill behind to fight for second place.

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Hill, who had started second on the grid, was leapfrogged by the Toyota GAZOO Racing UK with Ginsters’s man off the line with the duo continuing to battle throughout the race.

The pair made contact on lap seven at the Wilson hairpin after the Honda Civic driver made a late dive up the inside, sending Ingram into a half-spin with Hill seemingly claiming second as a result.

But just a few corners later and with a somewhat bemused Ingram behind, Hill opted to let him back past for the position and couldn’t make another move on him for the rest of the 12 laps.

Rory Butcher, who took fourth, had appeared to be closing on Hill ahead in the later stages, but the Motorbase Ford driver couldn’t quite get close enough to try a move.

Now co-championship leader Sutton in the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti claimed fifth place in race one of the day, but things could have turned out differently at the first corner after he made contact with Ollie Jackson.

Sutton was caught out by a damp track in the early stages and tagged the Motorbase Ford driver, but the former champion didn’t drop any positions, unlike Jackson and Tom Oliphant who both spun onto the wet grass.

Dan Cammish, who is now eight points behind the two series leaders in third place in the championship, finished sixth with Adam Morgan, Josh Cook, Senna Proctor and an impressive Michael Crees completing the top 10.

Series debutants Paul Rivett and Jess Hawkins finished 22nd and 24th respectively and for the remaining two races of the day will carry no penalty weight, while Ethan Hammerton and Glynn Geddie took 24th and 25th as the pair returned to the series.

Race two of the day takes place at 13:07 GMT this afternoon.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 23:50.231 1:57.635 1
2 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 12 2.570 1:57.749 3
3 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 12 3.949 1:58.085 2
4 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 12 5.135 1:57.991 4
5 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 12 7.125 1:57.916 6
6 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 8.916 1:58.242 5
7 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 9.415 1:58.064 10
8 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 14.668 1:58.172 12
9 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 12 21.105 1:59.255 11
10 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 25.165 1:58.601 17
11 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 12 26.205 1:59.139 13
12 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 12 26.968 1:58.825 15
13 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 27.199 1:58.689 16
14 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 29.603 1:58.778 7
15 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 12 30.274 1:59.166 21
16 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 32.531 1:59.081 14
17 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 12 33.342 1:59.143 18
18 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 12 33.532 1:59.214 19
19 222 I Paul RIVETT GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 12 37.581 1:59.831 20
20 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 40.103 1:59.728 26
21 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 12 46.232 1:58.614 8
22 39 I Jessica HAWKINS Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 51.869 2:00.517 22
23 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 12 55.861 2:00.760 27
24 23 I Ethan HAMMERTON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 12 1:08.252 2:01.291 25
25 88 I Glynn GEDDIE RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 12 1:21.761 2:00.834 24
26 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 11 1:49.522 2:00.838 23
27 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 14 1 Lap 1:58.068 9

BTCC points deficit after Round 22
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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