Rory Butcher fights back to race one win at Silverstone

Toyota’s Rory Butcher fought back from losing the lead at the start of the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone to claim victory ahead of Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram.

With Butcher starting the race a row back due to fluid dropped on the grid from an earlier support race, it was Ingram who claimed the lead going into the first corner on the opening lap, with Butcher slotting in to second.

However, on lap four Butcher, having closely followed Ingram, made a late dive up the inside at Brooklands, with Ingram leaving the door open for the Scot to make the pass.

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However, after the race Ingram revealed that he hadn’t defended the position due to a yellow flag at the corner for an incident between Gordon Shedden and Sam Smelt on the opening lap which had left Shedden’s car on the side-lines at Luffield.

No action was taken during the race, and Butcher went on to cross the finish line a comfortable 3.262 seconds ahead of Ingram.

Hyundai driver Ingram came under late-race pressure from Power Maxed Racing’s Daniel Lloyd for second, although the Vauxhall driver never mounted a serious attempt to pass.

Lloyd completed the podium, claiming his first BTCC podium since June 2018, having gained two places at the very start of the race, with Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat a close fourth.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook was fifth as the leading Honda driver, ahead of the best BMW of Colin Turkington in sixth.

Championship leader Ash Sutton muscled past Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom for seventh on the eighth lap and remained there for the rest of the race, although he maintained the same 29 point series lead after his erstwhile closest rival, Jake Hill, finished outside of the points.

BMW’s Stephen Jelley and Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato completed the top ten, the latter having held off strong pressure from Tom Oliphant for the closing stages of the race, the BMW driver finishing in 11th.

MB Motorsport’s Ollie Jackson was the leading Ford driver in 12th, whilst his team-mate Hill battled hard with Excelr8’s Jack Butel and Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Chilton in the race, but ultimately lost out to both after some panel rubbing and crossed the finish line in 21st after only gaining one place in the race.

Along with Shedden and Smelt, first lap casualties also included Motorbase’s Andy Neate and Ciceley’s Adam Morgan, who made contact at Turn 1 and spun the former around after his left-rear tyre came off the rim, and Team HARD’s Jack Mitchell.

Race two is scheduled to get underway at 14:20 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 22 21:21.142 57.713 1
2 80 I Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 3.262 57.896 2
3 123 I Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 3.666 57.959 5
4 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 4.263 57.944 3
5 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 6.674 57.942 4
6 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 6.929 57.964 6
7 1 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 7.379 57.613 8
8 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 22 8.113 57.948 7
9 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 10.154 58.171 9
10 11 I Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 10.564 58.187 10
11 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 10.757 58.146 12
12 48 M Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 22 16.981 58.277 17
13 22 I Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 17.27 58.247 15
14 18 I Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 17.621 58.321 13
15 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 18.009 58.335 16
16 4 M Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 22 18.763 58.321 20
17 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 22 19.410 58.347 23
18 96 I Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 19.886 58.245 19
19 31 I Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 22 23.460 58.296 28
20 3 I Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 22 23.822 58.392 11
21 24 M Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 22 24.904 58.405 22
22 99 I Jade EDWARDS PHSC with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 25.239 58.475 27
23 62 I Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 26.015 58.467 26
24 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 22 28.099 58.680 29
25 2022 Andrew JORDAN Toyota Corolla BTCC Hybrid 22 30.593 57.862 30
R 44 M Andy NEATE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 2 DNF N/A 24
R 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 1 DNF N/A 21
R 52 I Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 0 DNF N/A 14
R 23 M Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 0 DNF N/A 18
R 19 I Jack MITCHELL Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 0 DNF N/A 25
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