Colin Turkington claimed an authoritative win in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park, reducing his deficit to the championship lead to 32 points.
Team BMW’s Turkington jumped clear at the start, having been drawn to start on the reverse-grid pole position, as behind him Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom and MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill held their positions.
BTC Racing’s Josh Cook made a better start than Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat to move into fifth, whilst points leader Ash Sutton, who had started eighth, was muscled out wide at the first corner and dropped two places.
After just one lap of racing the safety car was required when Carl Boardley made contact with Sam Smelt on the exit of the first corner, turning the Toyota into the path of Excelr8 Motorsport’s Jack Butel, with both cars coming to a rest on the infield.
Racing resumed on lap four, and from there Turkington was able to gradually build up a comfortable lead, as Rowbottom dropped away.
News then came in that Rowbottom, Daniel Lloyd and Nicolas Hamilton had been given five-second time penalties for false starts.
Rowbottom raced in second until lap 11, when Hill got up the inside at Coppice corner. As Cook tried to follow the pair made contact and the opportunistic Moffat passed both Rowbottom and Cook for third.
The podium places remained unchanged thereafter, with Turkington claiming his 60th win to draw level with Andy Rouse, ahead of Hill and Moffat.
Rowbottom held fourth on the road until the chequered flag, but following the application of his penalty the Team Dynamics driver dropped to sixth, promoting Toyota’s Rory Butcher to fourth and the Honda of Cook to fifth.
Power Maxed Racing’s Lloyd was seventh, the Vauxhall driver’s own five-second penalty not costing him a place due to the margin he had to the car behind.
Eighth was Sutton, with the Infiniti driver gaining one place back on the restart when Senna Proctor went wide at the Old Hairpin and lost four places, followed by another crucial pass on Excelr8’s Tom Ingram on lap 12 on the run through Schwantz curve.
BMW’s Stephen Jelley helped his team-mate’s title campaign by passing Ingram three laps from the end for ninth, with the Hyundai driver himself completing the top ten.
MB Motorsport’s Ollie Jackson had a dicey race to 11th, ahead of the leading Team HARD CUPRA of Árón Taylor-Smith in 12th.
Race one and two winner Gordon Shedden could only manage 13th, ahead of Team HARD’s Jack Goff and PMR’s Jason Plato, the latter failing to gain ground after being pushed out wide in race two and ending up with a mid-pack grid placing for race three.
After the first lap the only other retirement was BTC Racing’s Proctor, who pulled into the pits with an issue on his Honda on lap 11 after running in 11th at the time.
In the drivers’ championship, Sutton leaves the Leicestershire circuit with an advantage of 32 points over Turkington, having entered into the event with a gap of 36 to Ingram.
Ingram himself is a further six points behind Turkington ahead of the season finale at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time.
|1||2||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||18||22:27.150||1:09.499||1|
|2||24||M||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Ford Focus ST||18||4.096||1:09.766||3|
|3||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||18||4.945||1:09.875||4|
|4||6||M||Rory BUTCHER||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||18||7.401||1:09.611||9|
|5||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||18||7.752||1:09.823||5|
|6||32||I||Daniel ROWBOTTOM||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type-R||18||11.136||1:09.793||2|
|7||123||I||Daniel LLOYD||Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||18||13.260||1:09.776||7|
|8||1||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||18||13.594||1:09.846||8|
|9||12||M||Stephen JELLEY||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||18||18.258||1:09.944||13|
|10||80||I||Tom INGRAM||Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||18||19.615||1:10.275||10|
|11||48||M||Ollie JACKSON||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Ford Focus ST||18||20.201||1:10.296||14|
|12||40||I||Árón TAYLOR-SMITH||Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions||CUPRA Leon||18||22.557||1:10.362||17|
|13||52||I||Gordon SHEDDEN||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type-R||18||24.079||1:10.199||11|
|14||31||I||Jack GOFF||Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct||CUPRA Leon||18||24.251||1:10.195||15|
|15||11||I||Jason PLATO||Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||18||24.651||1:09.896||18|
|16||22||I||Chris SMILEY||Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||18||25.309||1:10.080||12|
|17||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||18||25.679||1:10.590||23|
|18||3||I||Tom CHILTON||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330i M Sport||18||25.887||1:10.241||20|
|19||4||M||Sam OSBORNE||Racing with Wera & Photon Group||Ford Focus ST||18||26.533||1:10.166||16|
|20||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||18||27.104||1:10.603||24|
|21||19||I||Jack MITCHELL||Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct||CUPRA Leon||18||28.928||1:10.317||19|
|22||62||I||Rick PARFITT Jr||EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||18||29.252||1:10.254||27|
|23||44||M||Andy NEATE||Racing with Wera & Photon Group||Ford Focus ST||18||33.338||1:10.593||26|
|24||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading||CUPRA Leon||18||41.519||1:11.085||28|
|25||33||I||Adam MORGAN||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330i M Sport||18||47.549||1:09.812||29|
|26||99||I||Jade EDWARDS||PHSC with BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||16||+ 2 LAPS||1:10.407||21|
|R||18||I||Senna PROCTOR||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||12||DNF||1:09.792||6|
|R||23||M||Sam SMELT||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||0||DNF||N/A||22|
|R||96||I||Jack BUTEL||EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||0||DNF||N/A||25|