Colin Turkington secures lights-to-flag race one win

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington secured West Surrey Racing’s 100th victory in the British Touring Car Championship by taking a lights-to-flag win in race one at Knockhill, ahead of BTC Racing’s Senna Proctor and Josh Cook.

Turkington made the most of his rear-wheel drive BMW to pull clear with ease in the opening laps, opening up an advantage of over four seconds before the safety car was required on lap four when Daniel Lloyd went off into the barriers at the chicane, after reportedly suffering from a breakage on his Vauxhall.

Racing resumed seven laps later, with Turkington again able to ease clear of Proctor’s chasing Honda, as the third-placed Hyundai of Chris Smiley came under sustained pressure from the second BTC Honda of Cook.

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It took Cook until the 20th lap of the race to find a way past Smiley, with Cook making a late lunge up the inside at Clark curve which also allowed Ash Sutton to claim fourth in his Infiniti.

Despite applying heavy pressure late in the race, the fully-ballasted Sutton couldn’t find a way past Cook and had to settle for fourth.

Northern Irishman Smiley claimed fifth, ahead of the MB Motorsport Ford Focus of Jake Hill in sixth, who lost out to Sutton on lap 17 at Clark.

Aiden Moffat brought the second Laser Tools Racing Infiniti home in seventh, ahead of Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden in eighth, the Honda driver having battled past tom Ingram for the place exiting the hairpin on lap 13.

Two laps from the chequered flag Toyota’s Rory Butcher claimed ninth from Ingram, who ultimately slumped to tenth in his Hyundai, which had been the second heaviest car in the field.

Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley was 11th after fighting past PMR’s Jason Plato on lap 17 for what was then 12th, before gaining another place when team-mate Tom Oliphant was spun out at the hairpin by Butcher whilst running just outside the top ten.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Chilton again finished just outside the top ten in 12th, directly ahead of team-mate Adam Morgan in 13th – only the second time this year that Chilton has beaten his team-mate.

Plato took the finish in 14th, with Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom completing the points-scoring finishers in 15th.

MB Motorsport’s Ollie Jackson had been challenging for the final point, but he ultimately retired to the pitlane having lost seven places on lap 21 when he went deep into the final hairpin.

By finishing in fifth, Sutton has now grown his championship tally to 139 points, 12 points ahead of Ingram. Rowbottom sits in third with 115 points, ahead of Hill (113), Turkington (112) and Cook (110).

Race two is scheduled to get underway at 14:40 BST.

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP GD
1 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 26:03.813 51.006 1
2 18 I Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 4.254 51.236 2
3 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 8.076 51.041 4
4 1 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 8.643 51.405 6
5 22 I Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 12.071 51.351 3
6 24 M Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 27 13.061 51.288 5
7 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 13.111 51.558 7
8 52 I Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 27 16.273 51.514 11
9 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 27 25.848 51.967 8
10 80 I Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 27.688 51.960 9
11 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 27.899 51.900 14
12 3 I Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 27 28.167 51.861 16
13 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 27 28.487 51.738 13
14 11 I Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 29.759 51.956 15
15 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 27 30.167 51.962 19
16 31 I Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 27 30.727 52.074 18
17 23 M Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 27 32.558 51.933 21
18 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 33.619 52.016 25
19 4 M Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 27 34.705 52.084 20
20 96 I Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 35.693 52.477 27
21 62 I Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 38.341 52.488 29
22 19 I Jack MITCHELL Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 27 38.665 52.399 26
23 20 20 Paul RIVETT Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 27 39.317 52.501 24
24 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 27 39.869 52.485 28
25 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 27 41.021 52.192 23
26 99 I Jade EDWARDS PHSC with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 26 + 1 LAP 52.300 22
27 48 M Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 22 + 5 LAPS 52.047 17
28 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 21 + 6 LAPS 51.607 10
R 123 I Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 3 DNF 52.163 12
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