Victory in race one of the TCR UK championship at Knockhill was taken by Carl Boardley aboard his CUPRA León Competición TCR.
Crossing the line over ten seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, Rob Boston Racing’s Jac Constable, Boardley was never headed after starting from pole position.
A brief safety car scare was caused mid-distance as Bradley Hutchison and Darelle Wilson made heavy contact as they both fought for the same piece of tarmac at Duffus Dip. However, nothing came of it which allowed Broadley to cruise home.
“This weekend was about showing what pace we’ve got in qualifying, not a one-lap wonder but three or four [laps],” said Boardley. “That puts us in good stead for race three.
“Race two [on Sunday] will be tricky starting tenth but I rather have some fun and start tenth than disappear into the distance.”
His mirrors full with teammate Joe Marshall, Constable decided to settle for second place in his ballast-laden Audi.
“We are the only ones with weight in the top three,” explained the 25-year-old. “The extra weight just kills us a little bit more, pushing the tyres a bit more. There’s not a lot we can do but to hang on to it, we’ll take that.”
Marshall crossed the line in third but track limits penalties would drop him to seventh. As a result, Area Motorsport’s Jack Shepherd would be promoted to the last step on the podium after paying close attention to where he put his Hyundai i30 N TCR on the circuit.
“We knew track limits would be a big thing,” recalled Shepherd. “Off the start, I thought we would come on strong at the end but just focused on not getting track limits [penalties] at the start.
“The car was fantastic, it came alive through the middle. I caught up on the Audis and thought ‘Here we go’. I had a good run on Marshall four or five times but the BOP causes us to be a bit better in the corners, they’re a bit better in the straights. It was too much to get past.”
Fifth place and fastest lap would fall to Jenson Brickley ahead of sixth place man Alex Ley who also picked up a penalty for track limits.
Behind the penalised Marshall would be Callum Newsham who climbed up the field after starting 17th and last. The top ten would be completed by Chris Smiley and Matthew Wilson.
Both Lewis Kent and Jonathon Beeson did not finish due to mechanical trouble as well as Hutchinson and Wilson due to their contact damage respectfully.
|1||41||Carl BOARDLEY||CBM with Hart GT||CUPRA Leon Competición TCR||29||25:27.783||52.053||1|
|2||11||Jac CONSTABLE||Rob Boston Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||29||10.819||52.162||2|
|3||117||Adam SHEPHERD||Area Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR||29||12.567||52.104||5|
|4||37||Bruce WINFIELD||Area Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR||29||20.899||52.264||8|
|5||246||Jenson BRICKLEY||Jenson Brickley Racing||CUPRA Leon Competición TCR||29||23.273||51.855||6|
|6||76||Alex LEY||Area Motorsport with Daniel James||Hyundai i30 N TCR||29||24.225||52.353||4|
|7||99||Joe MARSHALL||Rob Boston Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||29||26.178||52.168||3|
|8||16||Callum NEWSHAM||JH Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||29||29.746||52.316||17|
|9||1||Chris SMILEY||Restart Racing||Honda Civic Type-R FL5 TCR||29||34.034||52.549||9|
|10||31||Matthew WILSON||JWB Motorsport||CUPRA Leon Competición TCR||29||48.806||52.720||13|
|11||98||Oliver COTTAM||Paul Sheard Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||29||51.122||52.560||16|
|12||27||Scott SUMPTON||Restart Racing||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||29||1:25.684||52.905||10|
|13||223||Garry TOWNSEND||Townsend Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR II||29||1:31.604||53.076||15|
|R||4||Bradley KENT||Essex & Kent Motorsport||Hyundai Veloster N TCR||18||DNF||52.468||7|
|R||78||Jonathan BEESON||Paul Sheard Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||18||DNF||53.108||12|
|R||17||Bradley HUTCHISON||BOND IT with MPHR||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||16||DNF||52.797||11|
|R||50||Darelle WILSON||DW Racing||Vauxhall Astra TCR||16||DNF||52.667||14|