George Gamble clinches maiden win in Knockhill reverse grid race

Ciceley Motorsport’s George Gamble secured a lights-to-flag win in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Knockhill, as Team BMW’s Colin Turkington took over the lead of the championship.

Gamble had gained pole for the partially-reversed race by finishing in seventh in race two earlier in the day, with the random draw then seeing his position selected to start race three from the front.

The BMW driver made a clean getaway from his first-ever front-row starting position in touring cars, opening a gap of just over three tenths of a second over Toyota’s Rory Butcher in the early laps.

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Butcher’s charge for the win began to fade from around the fifth lap onwards, as Gamble pulled clear to almost a second whilst Turkington drew closer to Butcher.

That allowed Gamble to extend his lead to almost five seconds towards the end of the race, and he went on to take his first victory in the BTCC by the biggest winning margin of 2022 thus far.

On lap 17, Turkington lost second to Hill with a slow exit from Clark, allowing Hill to get in front before the hairpin.

Hill then got past Butcher for second on the exit from the hairpin and the run to the first corner, with Turkington briefly following into third.

But by this stage the hybrid-less Butcher was struggling for pace, and as Hill pulled clear into second, Butcher was only just able to cling on to the final podium place.

Turkington claimed fourth, but with it the Northern Irishman is the new championship leader, with 227 points, five points clear of Tom Ingram.

Race two winner Ash Sutton brought his NAPA Racing UK Ford home in fifth, ahead of Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden in sixth.

On the opening lap, Ingram had attempted to pass Shedden for third at McIntyre’s corner, but the two made contact and Shedden dropped four places whilst Ingram tumbled to 20th.

Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley was seventh, after losing out to Shedden on the tenth lap, ahead of BTC Racing’s Josh Cook in eighth, the Honda man making up five places on the opening lap before settling into that place for the remainder of the race.

The top ten was completed by Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Chilton and Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat.

Ciceley’s Adam Morgan salvaged his weekend, blighted by a car stall prior to race one, with 11th, ahead of the recovering Hyundai of Ingram in 12th.

NAPA Racing’s Dan Cammish failed to finish after getting caught up in the incident between Shedden and Ingram on the opening lap and retiring with broken suspension.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 42 I George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 20:52.392 51.473 1
2 24 M Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 4.332 51.410 6
3 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 7.357 51.499 2
4 50 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 24 7.883 51.510 5
5 1 M Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 24 8.503 51.849 7
6 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 24 8.971 51.825 3
7 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 24 9.143 51.785 8
8 66 I Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 13.901 51.675 13
9 3 M Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 16.516 51.937 10
10 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 18.437 51.830 12
11 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 19.101 51.788 18
12 80 M Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 19.984 51.573 4
13 32 M Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 24 20.503 51.861 15
14 21 M Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 20.745 51.578 11
15 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 24 27.955 52.113 16
16 777 I Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 29.029 51.947 19
17 97 I Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 29.842 52.089 27
18 123 M Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 30.541 52.019 22
19 11 I Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 31.510 52.156 26
20 19 I Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 24 32.591 52.048 28
21 48 M Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 24 40.101 52.185 21
22 96 M Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 40.352 52.229 23
23 77 M Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 24 40.653 52.248 17
24 99 I Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 43.273 52.489 20
25 62 I Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 24 51.425 52.766 25
26 20 I Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 24 52.814 52.752 29
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 18 DNF 52.883 24
R 17 I Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 11 DNF 52.179 14
R 9 M Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 0 DNF N/A 9
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