Colin Turkington doubles up at Snetterton to retake points lead

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.

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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.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
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

BTCC points deficit after Round 23
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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