Team BMW’s Colin Turkington won again in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton, once again heading home WSR team-mate Jake Hill.
Turkington once again took a lights-to-flag win, but it was not plain sailing for the four-time champion, who was pushed hard by MB Motorsport’s Hill on opening lap with half a lap of side-by-side racing for the team-mates.
Turkington ultimately prevailed with a stern defence going into the Esses, and despite a mid-race safety car which meant he had to again defend his lead at the restart.
Hill secured his fourth consecutive second-place finish, whilst Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram was third, the Hyundai driver having been hot on the tail of both Turkington and Ingram as they duelled on the opening lap, ready to take advantage of any incident but otherwise unable to keep up with their pace as the race developed.
Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan once again just missed out on the podium in fourth, with the third WSR-run BMW of Stephen Jelley again taking fifth as the order at the top remained unchanged from race one.
Toyota’s Ricky Collard made up three places at the start, then passed Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom for seventh on the third lap.
The 26-year-old then overtook BTC Racing’s Jason Plato for sixth just before the safety car was called upon on lap six, needed when the Honda of Gordon Shedden crawled to a halt with a suspected electrical issue – the Scot had earlier been off through the dusty grass at Coram on the opening lap.
Plato finished in seventh, ahead of fellow Honda racer Daniel Rowbottom in eighth.
It was a difficult race for the NAPA Racing UK drivers, as Dan Cammish and Ash Sutton made contact at the Wilson hairpin on the opening lap dropping them 14 and four places respectively.
The incident appeared to be caused by Collard, who had in turn bumped into Rowbottom and pushed wide into Cammish, with the Fords forced onto the grass on the exit.
Whilst Sutton quickly recovered two places on the next lap and made further gains to finish in ninth, Cammish took the chequered flag outside the points in 18th.
Power Maxed Racing’s Ash Hand completed the top ten, the Vauxhall driver having gained four places up to ninth on the opening lap before losing out to Sutton on lap five.
BTC Racing’s Josh Cook generally circulated in the final points places for the duration of the race, losing 14th to Ciceley Motorsport’s George Gamble on the penultimate lap.
Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat pulled off the circuit after eight laps with an issue on his Infiniti.
Excelr8’s Tom Chilton failed to start the race due to an engine change on his Hyundai – which has required the team to ready their second spare engine, after the first spare was installed in Ingram’s car overnight.
Following the race 1990 BTCC Champion Robb Gravett randomly selected the top nine to be reversed on the grid for the final race of the day, handing pole position to Sutton with Rowbottom alongside on the front row.
The final race of the day is scheduled to get underway at 17:10 BST.
|1||500||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330e M Sport||14||29:02.147||1:56.218||1|
|2||24||M||Jake HILL||ROKiT MB Motorsport||BMW 330e M Sport||14||1.287||1:56.231||2|
|3||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||14||4.872||1:57.060||3|
|4||33||I||Adam MORGAN||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330e M Sport||14||5.919||1:57.102||4|
|5||12||M||Stephen JELLEY||Team BMW||BMW 330e M Sport||14||6.31||1:57.295||5|
|6||21||M||Ricky COLLARD||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||14||8.634||1:57.505||11|
|7||11||I||Jason PLATO||Rich Energy BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14||9.838||1:57.848||6|
|8||32||M||Daniel ROWBOTTOM||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type R||14||10.477||1:57.224||8|
|9||1||M||Ashley SUTTON||NAPA Racing UK||Ford Focus ST||14||10.717||1:57.382||9|
|10||97||I||Ash HAND||CarStore Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||14||14.191||1:57.847||13|
|11||123||M||Daniel LLOYD||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||14||14.806||1:58.180||12|
|12||6||M||Rory BUTCHER||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||14||15.171||1:57.267||15|
|13||48||M||Ollie JACKSON||Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan||Ford Focus ST||14||17.088||1:58.234||18|
|14||42||I||George GAMBLE||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330e M Sport||14||17.355||1:58.080||16|
|15||66||I||Josh COOK||Rich Energy BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14||20.393||1:57.781||19|
|16||40||I||Árón TAYLOR-SMITH||Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing||CUPRA Leon||14||22.623||1:58.693||17|
|17||19||I||Bobby THOMPSON||Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero||CUPRA Leon||14||22.761||1:58.683||14|
|18||9||M||Dan CAMMISH||NAPA Racing UK||Ford Focus ST||14||23.014||1:58.144||7|
|19||96||M||Jack BUTEL||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||14||23.448||1:58.374||22|
|20||77||M||Sam OSBORNE||Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan||Ford Focus ST||14||25.044||1:58.602||21|
|21||777||I||Michael CREES||CarStore Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||14||33.686||1:57.950||28|
|22||99||I||Jade EDWARDS||Rich Energy BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14||43.354||2:00.517||27|
|23||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing||CUPRA Leon||14||47.161||1:59.555||24|
|R||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||8||DNF||1:59.430||26|
|R||20||I||Will POWELL||Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero||CUPRA Leon||8||DNF||1:59.486||25|
|R||62||I||Rick PARFITT JR||Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing||Infiniti Q50||7||DNF||1:58.944||23|
|R||52||M||Gordon SHEDDEN||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type R||4||DNF||1:58.198||10|
|R||17||I||Dexter PATTERSON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||4||DNF||2:00.557||20|
|NS||3||M||Tom CHILTON||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||–||DNS||N/A||29|