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.
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.
|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|