Jake Hill turns around weekend with race three victory

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill salvaged his title aspirations by taking a triumphant victory in the reverse-grid British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone, denying Daniel Lloyd a first win in three years.

Lloyd had started the race from pole position after the top eleven from race two were reversed, and the Vauxhall driver made a clean start to lead into the first corner.

Although his Power Maxed Racing team-mate Jason Plato had started alongside, the two-time champion was down to fourth by the first few corners, with Hill assuming second, up one place, and BMW’s Stephen Jelley in third.

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For the first few laps Lloyd opened up a margin of just over half a second, but Hill began to close the gap from lap four onwards and on lap ten the Ford driver got a run on Lloyd exiting Luffield and into Woodcote, claiming the lead as the duo cross the starting line.

Although Lloyd was never much more than half a second away thereafter, he couldn’t quite create a gap to re-take the lead, despite a mistake from Hill four laps from the end at Brooklands.

Lloyd had to settle for second, his second podium finish of the day, with Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton completing the podium after the championship leader gained five places during the race, including making up two at the start.

Excelr8 Motorsport’s Chris Smiley was fourth, having grabbed third from Jelley on the third lap before losing out to Sutton eight laps from the end.

Jelley was the leading BMW driver in fifth, ahead of Plato in sixth, the Vauxhall driver having only lost one further place to Sutton since his poor start.

Aiden Moffat brought the second Laser Tools Racing Infiniti home in seventh, ahead of Colin Turkington in eighth, who made a late-race charge to gain four places in the second half of the race, having dropped to 12th early on.

Turkington had been battling in a tight pack on the third lap, and exiting Copse corner he moved over on Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Chilton, sending the BMW spinning across the infield of the circuit and into Motorbase’s Sam Osborne, although both continued in the race at the tail of the pack.

Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom, the best-placed Honda driver, and the second MB Motorsport Ford of Ollie Jackson completed the top ten.

Having won both of the day’s opening races, Toyota’s Rory Butcher was just 13th, finishing behind BMW’s Tom Oliphant and Excelr8’s Tom Ingram.

Having been excluded from race two for failing the ride-height check, Josh Cook started the race from the back of the grid but could only recover to 18th, having had to carry the success ballast for crossing the line second earlier on. BTC Racing has appealed his exclusion from race two.

Elsewhere, Gordon Shedden was just 21st after the Team Dynamics driver near-stalled at the start of the race, resulting in a score of no points for the Scot all weekend.

The only retirements of the race were Team HARD’s Jack Mitchell, who ran over debris early on, and the Hybrid development car of Andrew Jordan.

In the drivers’ championship, Sutton now has 285 points, ahead of Ingram (249), Hill (247), Turkington (245) and Cook (222).

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 24 M Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 22 21:24.184 57.848 3
2 123 I Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 0.698 58.011 1
3 1 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 1.444 57.908 8
4 22 I Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 4.474 58.080 5
5 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 4.906 57.923 4
6 11 I Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 5.269 58.030 2
7 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 5.476 58.094 7
8 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 6.146 57.977 9
9 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 22 7.740 58.104 6
10 48 M Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 22 8.731 57.883 18
11 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 8.938 57.958 20
12 80 I Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 10.652 58.119 10
13 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 22 11.434 58.221 11
14 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 22 12.965 58.155 12
15 31 I Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 22 13.277 58.156 15
16 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 22 13.566 58.146 17
17 18 I Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 14.111 58.249 26
18 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 15.390 58.317 29
19 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 15.487 58.264 25
20 23 M Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 22 16.120 58.308 27
21 52 I Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 22 16.273 58.241 19
22 62 I Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 20.854 58.332 23
23 96 I Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 21.147 58.372 16
24 99 I Jade EDWARDS PHSC with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 21.405 58.528 28
25 4 M Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 22 22.992 58.090 14
26 44 M Andy NEATE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 22 27.816 58.590 22
27 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 22 28.265 58.538 24
28 3 I Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 22 28.534 58.068 13
R 19 I Jack MITCHELL Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 8 DNF 58.464 21
R 2022 Andrew JORDAN TOCA / Cosworth / M-Sport Toyota Corolla BTCC Hybrid 6 DNF 57.944 30
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