MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill scored his third British Touring Car Championship win of the season by passing Toyota’s Rory Butcher for the win in race two at Silverstone, moving to just two points from the lead of the championship.
Race one winner Butcher led away from the line, whilst Hill had to fend off a challenge from the Ciceley Motorsport BMW of Adam Morgan in the first half of the lap.
However, both drivers lost out to Team Dynamics’ fast-starting Gordon Shedden, who stole second under braking into Brooklands, whilst NAPA Racing UK’s Ashley Sutton also took advantage to take fourth, with Morgan quickly being shuffled out to fifth.
Hill reclaimed second from Shedden on lap four, shortly before a safety car intervention was required to recover the Infiniti of Laser Tools Racing’s Dexter Patterson, who had been spun off into the gravel on the exit of the final corner.
Racing resumed on lap nine and two laps later Hill, now with his tyres up to temperature, took the lead from Butcher with a well-timed run exiting Luffield and completing the move into Copse on the next lap.
After eight further laps of racing, another late-race safety car period was required when Ricky Collard’s Toyota, running in ninth at the time, caught fire and needed recovering from the Woodcote gravel.
That left a five-lap sprint to the chequered flag, and Hill immediately made a superb restart to extend a lead of over a second, ultimately going on to win by two seconds from Butcher.
Shedden completed the podium, although with Hill’s win it means the Scot is formally out of title contention, being 91 points adrift of the lead with only 77 now up for grabs.
Sutton brought his Ford home in fourth, making no further gains after the opening lap although he had to withstand heavy pressure from Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram in fifth.
Ingram had dropped to seventh on the opening lap, but he clawed a place back past Dan Cammish on the following tour before going around the outside of Morgan for fourth two laps later.
Morgan finished in sixth, ahead of the second NAPA Ford of Cammish in seventh.
BTC Racing’s Josh Cook was eighth, and after the race the Honda driver was randomly drawn to start the final race of the day from pole position. Cook must win the final race to keep his slim title hopes alive, as he is now 74 points from the championship lead with only 77 still available.
Team HARD’s Bobby Thompson and team-mate Árón Taylor-Smith completed the top ten – marking the first time this year that the outfit has had two cars inside the top ten.
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington took the chequered flag in 13th after a recovery drive from 27th on the grid. The Northern Irishman made his biggest gains on the opening lap, moving up seven places to 20th, before steadily gaining ground later in the race and benefitting from team-mate Stephen Jelley moving aside.
Excelr8’s Dan Lloyd completed the points in 15th after being dropped two places by the BMWs on the last lap.
Race three is scheduled to get underway at 17:10 BST.
|1||24||M||Jake HILL||ROKiT MB Motorsport||BMW 330e M Sport||25||27:09.022||57.854||2|
|2||6||M||Rory BUTCHER||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||25||2.092||58.006||1|
|3||52||M||Gordon SHEDDEN||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type R||25||2.452||57.951||4|
|4||1||M||Ashley SUTTON||NAPA Racing UK||Ford Focus ST||25||2.886||57.872||6|
|5||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||25||3.078||57.695||5|
|6||33||I||Adam MORGAN||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330e M Sport||25||3.412||57.956||3|
|7||9||M||Dan CAMMISH||NAPA Racing UK||Ford Focus ST||25||4.189||58.132||7|
|8||66||I||Josh COOK||Rich Energy BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||4.868||57.992||13|
|9||19||I||Bobby THOMPSON||Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero||CUPRA Leon||25||5.897||58.132||11|
|10||40||I||Árón TAYLOR-SMITH||Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing||CUPRA Leon||25||6.868||58.152||15|
|11||48||M||Ollie JACKSON||Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan||Ford Focus ST||25||8.118||58.096||19|
|12||3||M||Tom CHILTON||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||25||8.449||58.120||10|
|13||50||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330e M Sport||25||8.603||58.181||27|
|14||12||M||Stephen JELLEY||Team BMW||BMW 330e M Sport||25||8.925||57.926||9|
|15||123||M||Daniel LLOYD||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||25||9.000||58.029||12|
|16||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||25||11.812||58.231||25|
|17||11||I||Jason PLATO||Rich Energy BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||12.980||58.379||14|
|18||32||M||Daniel ROWBOTTOM||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type R||25||13.639||58.250||18|
|19||777||I||Michael CREES||CarStore Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||25||13.885||58.413||16|
|20||42||I||George GAMBLE||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330e M Sport||25||14.230||58.422||24|
|21||97||I||Ash HAND||CarStore Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||25||15.289||58.455||28|
|22||96||M||Jack BUTEL||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||25||15.469||58.292||29|
|23||77||M||Sam OSBORNE||Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan||Ford Focus ST||25||16.543||58.496||20|
|24||99||I||Jade EDWARDS||Rich Energy BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||19.145||58.814||17|
|25||20||I||Will POWELL||Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero||CUPRA Leon||25||20.728||58.916||22|
|26||62||I||Rick PARFITT JR||Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing||Infiniti Q50||25||22.168||58.893||21|
|R||21||M||Ricky COLLARD||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||16||DNF||58.052||8|
|R||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing||CUPRA Leon||12||DNF||58.881||23|
|R||17||I||Dexter PATTERSON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||4||DNF||58.831||26|