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50 not out for Colin Turkington

Reigning champion Colin Turkington claimed his 50th career BTCC victory with another lights-to-flag triumph at Oulton Park.

The triple BTCC champion and current standings leader now adds a half century of wins to his ever growing list of accolades, as the Team BMW superstar commanded this latest contest with consummate ease.

BMWs stormed into a 1-2-4 off the line as Andrew Jordan relegated Dan Cammish’s Honda down to third, whilst Tom Oliphant also hauled his fast-starting 3 Series into contention.

The drama commenced behind as Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Sutton went off following slight contact with Rob Collard’s Vauxhall on the opening lap, whilst a touch between Josh Cook’s Honda and Jack Goff’s VW eventually caused a high impact incident with Chris Smiley’s BTC Racing Civic Type R.

Cook seemingly tapped Goff ahead of him under braking, which left the Team HARD car running out of control on the grass. Goff’s CC then slid back across the track before careering into the unaware Smiley.

A lengthy safety car period followed, which had looked to scupper Matt Neal’s surge through the order from the back of the grid. Undeterred by the delay, however, Neal would continue his charge in his Halfords Yuasa Racing car in the latter half of the race.

Another safety car interrupted proceedings after Sam Osborne’s MG went heavily into the barrier at Old Hall, but the lead positions stayed the same until the finish as Turkington led home Jordan, Cammish and Oliphant.

Sam Tordoff was fifth and the top independent driver for Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance, whilst Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelley produced a hugely impressive drive to take sixth. The BMW 1 Series driver made a number of stellar moves during the race, including a classic pass by double champion Jason Plato.

Rory Butcher’s Honda and Tom Ingram’s Toyota were seventh and eighth respectively, whilst Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing’s Plato and BTC Racing’s Josh Cook completed the top ten order.

Notable results outside of the top ten included Jake Hill’s 12th for tradepricecars.com, which also gave the Kent driver pole position for the reversed race three grid after his ball was picked out at random by MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer.

Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport’s Daniel Rowbottom took 15th and with his first ever BTCC championship point.

Colin Turkington said: “I didn’t realise this was where the stats were. For me that was a special win given how I felt with the car. I was completely in the zone. Every lap was as good as I could make it. It’s very rare that you finish a race and feel like that. There’s very few that you feel like you’re in a different place. I’m the frontman but the BMW and WSR guys are the ones doing all the work, it’s for them. There’s only a few occasions you drive the car throughout the season and it’s perfect and you get that connection. We’re just approaching half-way so it’s still early days. Andy (Jordan) has had a great start to the season and it’s great we’ve got three quick BMWs. The competition within pushes me on.”
 
Andrew Jordan said: “I hate finishing second! Colin (Turkington) is just driving so well this weekend. I love having one of the best drivers in the business to go up against. I love the challenge and he’s got a couple of tenths on me here for sure. The front and rear axle are just fighting each other a little, unlike at Croft. We’re playing catch-up a little on this side of the garage but it’s a great position for the team to be in and I’m so pleased for everyone at WSR and BMW.”
 
Dan Cammish said: “Having been behind the BMW and in its wake I know where it is now. Fair play to the team for building such a fantastic car. We’re winning the ‘H’ race, the best of the Hondas. The safety car did bring them back and I gave Andrew (Jordan) hassle but I couldn’t get any further. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this car and the driver – we’re maximising it, but they’re just on a different planet at the moment and I daren’t think about the number of races they’ve now won.”
 

2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Round 14 – Oulton Park

1 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW 18 laps
2 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +1.229s
3 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +1.859s
4 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +2.460s
Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +3.662s
Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +3.802s
Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +5.785s
8 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Team Toyota GB with Ginsters +6.306s
9 Jason PLATO (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +6.756s
10 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +7.627s
11 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +7.780s
12 Jake HILL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +8.046s
13 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +9.487s
14 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +9.724s
15 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport +9.953s
16 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +10.190s
17 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +11.032s
18 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +11.177s
19 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +12.337s
20 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +13.083s
21 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +14.092s
22 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +14.748s
23 Mark BLUNDELL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +17.216s
24 Michael CREES (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +17.908s
25 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Motorbase +40.385s
26 Rob SMITH (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +1 lap
27 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +7 laps
28 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +12 laps
29 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport NO TIME
30 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Racing NO TIME

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