Matt Neal provisionally wins race two after last lap contact in dramatic second Croft race

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal provisionally took victory in a frenetic second British Touring Car Championship race at Croft, after last lap contact between himself and race one winner Josh Cook.

Polesitter Cook again led the way from pole position from front row starter Jake Hill, as drama unfolded behind with reigning champion Colin Turkington finding himself in the barriers on the exit of Clervaux after a costly lock up under braking in his BMW.

Fellow title contender Rory Butcher then had a moment of his own, spearing off at the chicane and firing his Motorbase Ford onto the grass, plummeting out of the points in the process.

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At that juncture it seemed Ash Sutton in third position had the advantage in terms of the championship standings with two of his title rivals falling by the wayside, but a bold move on Jake Hill’s Honda at the hairpin failed to pay dividends as the pair made contact and left the Infiniti with a front-right puncture.

It was then Matt Neal who made rapid progress in his weight-free Honda Civic, getting past first Jake Hill’s Honda before pressurising race leader Cook for the win in the closing stages of the 16-lap encounter.

There was then contact as the pair headed into Sunny In, with Neal’s front-left tagging the rear-right panel of Cook’s Honda and sending him into a slide. While Neal provisionally won the race on the road, it seems likely the positions may well be reversed following a stewards review.

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill held on for his second podium of the day in third position, ahead of Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Tom Ingram who made rapid progress with zero ballast abord his Toyota Corolla to fourth.

Dan Cammish managed to break into the top five positions after steady progress that has now left him only 13 points adrift of leader Sutton in the championship standings, after getting past fellow Honda racer Tom Chilton with a few laps remaining.

Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant was next in seventh, while Bobby Thompson managed another solid result in his Trade Price Cars Audi S3, ahead of Senna Proctor and Stephen Jelley who completed the top ten.

Sutton’s team-mate Aiden Moffat brought his Infiniti Q50 home in 11th position, ahead of the second Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai of Chris Smiley, while Adam Morgan, Sam Osborne and Mike Bushell completed the points-paying positions.

The final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Croft is scheduled to get underway at 17:06 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 23:09.898 1:22.562 7
2 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 0.529 1:22.725 1
3 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 16 1.164 1:22.879 2
4 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 16 1.616 1:22.527 13
5 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 5.202 1:22.673 10
6 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 8.693 1:23.097 6
7 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 8.875 1:22.330 11
8 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 9.489 1:23.090 8
9 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 14.573 1:23.001 18
10 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 15.473 1:23.115 15
11 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 17.396 1:22.958 16
12 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 19.052 1:23.386 12
13 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 22.835 1:23.377 9
14 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 16 22.976 1:23.224 25
15 21 I Mike BUSHELL RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 23.269 1:23.072 19
16 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 16 27.980 1:23.598 21
17 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 28.900 1:23.947 23
18 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 31.145 1:23.394 17
19 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 15 46.635 1:22.298 5
20 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 12 + 1 LAP 1:22.384 4
R 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 1 DNF 1:23.257 22
R 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 0 DNF N/A 14
R 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport DNF N/A 3
NS 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport DNS N/A 20
NS 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC DNS N/A 24
NS 29 I Jac CONSTABLE Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra DNS N/A

BTCC points deficit after Round 20
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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