Colin Turkington heads BMW 1-2 in reverse-grid Brands race three

Colin Turkington took the victory in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Brands Hatch, heading WSR stable-mate Jake Hill in a BMW 1-2.

Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Chilton had earlier secured the pole position for the partially-reversed race, after the top 12 from race two were randomly selected to be reversed.

Chilton lead the opening six laps of the race, although four of those were held behind the safety car after BTC Racing’s Jason Plato locked up at Druids on the first lap and speared straight on into the barriers.

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At the restart on lap six, it soon became clear that the leading Hyundai lacked the pace to hold on to the lead, and at the end of lap seven, with hybrid boost available, Turkington got a better run along the start straight and passed Chilton around the outside into Paddock Hill bend.

Thereafter, Turkington, with near-full boost available after finishing race two in tenth, was able to open up a comfortable margin over the chasing pack, although he did lose his leading margin near the end of the race thanks to a late-race safety car intervention.

That intervention was because Chilton, who had already slipped further down the order and pitted to try slicks, had skated off the circuit at Clearways and beached his i30 in the gravel trap, requiring recovery before racing could continue.

The race restarted with five laps to go and Turkington opened up his advantage to over a second to claim his first win of the season, ahead of MB Motorsport’s Hill.

Hill had launched himself from sixth on the grid up to fourth at the start, but his immediate progress was baulked by Turkington ahead.

The BMW driver passed Team HARD’s Bobby Thompson, who started alongside Chilton on the front row, for third on the ninth lap with a good exit from Clearways, before gaining another place to second with Chilton’s demise.

However, Hill couldn’t close down Turkington and had to settle for his second visit to the podium this season.

Thompson completed the podium, earning his first-ever visit to the rostrum and only the second podium for the CUPRA Leon.

Excelr8’s Tom Ingram was fourth, unable to find a way past Thompson late in the race, ahead of Toyota’s Rory Butcher in fifth.

NAPA Racing’s Ash Sutton took sixth, following Butcher past George Gamble on lap 15 to claim the position, with Ciceley Motorsport’s Gamble having to settle for seventh – his fourth top ten finish out of six BTCC starts to-date.

BTC Racing’s earlier double winner Josh Cook was eighth, making up four places from his grid position, whilst the top ten was completed by Excelr8’s Daniel Lloyd and NAPA Racing’s Dan Cammish.

After his crash in race two, Power Maxed Racing’s Michael Crees did not take the start due to a damaged rollcage.

Leaving Brands Hatch, Ingram sits atop the drivers’ standings with 92 points, followed by Cook (84), Sutton (71) and Hill and Turkington (both on 69).

The next event takes place at Thruxton in two weeks’ time.

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP GD
1 50 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 27 26:45.566 54.071 3
2 24 M Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 27 1.181 54.321 6
3 19 I Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 27 5.198 54.656 2
4 80 M Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 5.808 54.671 8
5 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 27 6.186 54.683 10
6 1 M Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 27 6.488 54.804 9
7 42 I George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 27 7.031 54.574 4
8 66 I Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 8.256 54.658 12
9 123 M Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 9.062 54.927 5
10 9 M Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 27 9.543 54.571 11
11 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 27 11.783 54.813 7
12 48 M Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 27 12.012 55.025 14
13 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 27 12.276 55.241 18
14 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 27 12.336 54.427 28
15 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 14.014 54.769 24
16 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 27 14.777 55.203 16
17 99 I Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 15.000 55.330 15
18 77 M Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 27 15.927 55.215 20
19 96 M Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 16.152 55.328 19
20 21 M Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 27 17.075 55.229 17
21 97 I Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 17.940 55.003 25
22 32 M Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 27 18.645 54.975 27
23 17 I Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 21.977 55.020 26
24 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 27 25.229 55.447 21
25 20 I Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 26 1 Lap 55.735 23
R 3 M Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 15 12 Laps 54.279 1
R 62 I Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 13 14 Laps 55.585 22
R 11 I Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 13
NS 777 I Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra DNS N/A
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