Colin Turkington took a second straight victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton, with the BMW driver winning ahead of championship rivals Tom Ingram and Ash Sutton.
Turkington started the race from pole courtesy of his victory earlier in the day, and the Northern Irishman initially pulled away into a good lead, before Ingram came back at him on the opening lap.
However, Ingram didn’t appear to have the pace to pass Turkington’s BMW, as he came under increasing pressure from Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher, who had moved into third at the start.
Butcher kept the pressure on Ingram for much of the race, as Turkington pulled away to a three-second lead before the safety car was required at the end of lap ten when Team HARD’s Jack Goff crashed heavily at the first corner.
Goff, who was in clear air on his own, went slightly too wide on the exit of the turn, pitching his Volkswagen CC across the track and heavily into the armco on the inside. Goff emerged uninjured from the car, but the race was neutralised for three laps as a result.
When the safety car returned to the pits there was only time for a one lap sprint to the end, and Butcher attempted a move on Ingram at Turn 2, but misjudged badly and hit the rear of the Toyota hard.
Ingram continued, whilst Butcher was then passed by the Infiniti of Ash Sutton, as the Scot slipped to fourth.
Although Sutton tried initially to pas Ingram, he couldn’t keep the pressure up over the whole lap, as Ingram took second once again with Sutton completing the podium, now seven points adrift of Turkington in the drivers’ standings.
Butcher held on to take fourth, ahead of MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill in fifth. Hill had started third but a poor getaway meant he dropped to sixth on the first lap. He made amends at the very end of the race, pipping Honda’s Dan Cammish on the run to the finish line by a mere 0.047 seconds.
Cammish was thus sixth, although he had looked like possibly threatening Butcher for fourth on the final lap before he got a poor exit from the last corner.
BTC Racing’s Josh Cook claimed seventh, ahead of Motorbase’s Ollie Jackson in eighth, who had staged an impressive recovery drive through the field from 21st on the grid after his race one off.
Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan and Excelr8 Motorsport’s Chris Smiley completed the top ten, with the latter claiming the reverse-grid pole position for race three after Turkington drew the number ten ball after the race.
BMW’s Tom Oliphant made modest progress to take 11th, from 14th on the grid after a race one incident, ahead of Honda’s Matt Neal in 12th.
Along with Goff, Nic Hamilton and Aiden Moffat were also classified as non-finishers. Hamilton pitted with a lap to go, whilst Moffat again suffered from technical issues on his Infiniti, pitting after three laps before later re-joining the race.
Race three is scheduled to get underway at 15:54 GMT.
|1||1||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||14||30:02.296||1:57.669||1|
|2||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||14||1.763||1:57.894||2|
|3||116||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||14||1.914||1:57.985||5|
|4||6||I||Rory BUTCHER||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||14||3.547||1:58.025||4|
|5||24||I||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||14||3.742||1:57.875||3|
|6||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||14||3.789||1:58.059||6|
|7||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||14||4.714||1:57.850||8|
|8||48||I||Ollie JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||14||4.993||1:58.246||21|
|9||32||I||Adam MORGAN||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||14||4.995||1:57.725||7|
|10||22||I||Chris SMILEY||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||14||5.355||1:58.205||11|
|11||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||14||5.989||1:58.005||14|
|12||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||14||6.712||1:58.089||13|
|13||18||I||Senna PROCTOR||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||14||7.578||1:58.904||9|
|14||777||I||Michael CREES||The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||14||8.193||1:58.529||10|
|15||4||I||Sam OSBORNE||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||14||9.060||1:58.667||17|
|16||3||I||Tom CHILTON||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||14||9.577||1:58.456||16|
|17||12||I||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||14||10.747||1:59.445||12|
|18||88||I||Glynn GEDDIE||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||14||10.913||2:00.053||25|
|19||23||I||Ethan HAMMERTON||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||14||11.583||1:59.882||24|
|20||32||I||Jack BUTEL||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||14||12.176||1:59.553||20|
|21||39||I||Jessica HAWKINS||Power Maxed Car Care Racing||Vauxhall Astra||14||12.588||1:59.765||22|
|22||44||I||Andy NEATE||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||14||12.861||1:59.494||26|
|23||222||I||Paul RIVETT||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||14||29.398||1:59.630||19|
|24||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||Team HARD.||BMW 125i M Sport||13||34.317||1:58.966||15|
|25||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with Team HARD.||Volkswagen CC||11||+ 1 LAP||2:00.025||23|
|26||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||10||+ 3 LAPS||1:58.675||27|
|R||31||I||Jack GOFF||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||0||DNF||1:58.161||18|