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Jelley inherits race three win after Hill penalty

Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelley took his first Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship victory in ten years after on-the-road winner Jake Hill received a post-race penalty.

TradePriceCars.com’s Hill led away from pole position in the Oulton Park finale, but immediately had to deal with the attention from Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal.

The main talking point came on lap three when Neal had slid down the inside of Hill across the start/finish line and looked to have stolen the lead. As Neal’s Honda Civic Type R tucked ahead of the Audi S3 into Old Hall, contact was made and the manufacturer Honda car was spun across the track. A gaggle of cars tried to find their way through a cloud of smoke and when the air finally cleared it was Hill leading from Rory Butcher and Stephen Jelley, as Neal tumbled down the order.

Butcher pushed hard, and latched his AmD-run Honda onto the back of Hill and there would be one final push for a change in order. Butcher overcooked things into Island Bend and his chance was over, all but confirming Hill’s victory on-the-road.

Jelley held second from Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant, who finally got the better of Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance’s Sam Tordoff late on.

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan was ahead of the recovering Butcher, whilst BTC Racing’s Josh Cook eventually claimed sixth. The Bath racer enjoyed a great race-long battle with Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington with the three title contenders keeping it clean until the finish.

The Mercedes duo of Aiden Moffat and Adam Morgan completed the top ten.

Celebrations for Hill were then cut short post-race after he was adjudged to have caused the incident involving Neal. Twenty seconds was subsequently added to the Kent driver’s overall race time, which ensured Jelley would take his first win since a double victory at Rockingham in 2009.

“I just saw a load of smoke and thought ‘where do I go?’. It worked out and then it was just head down,” said Jelley. “Rory (Butcher) was quick and he just overcooked it into that hairpin. I was giving it everything I could to put Jake (Hill) – he drove a great race.
 
“Well done to everyone at Team Parker Racing. It’s been a long time coming; it’s taken two and a half years to get to this point and I’m sure we can do it on the road as well and get another one before the year is out. Thanks to all of our sponsors who have backed us – it is greatly appreciated.”

2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Round 15 – Oulton Park

Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing 15 laps
2 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +1.114s
Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +2.709s
4 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +2.994s
Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +4.510s
6 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +5.973s
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +6.271s
8 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +6.416s
9 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +11.323s
10 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +12.719s
11 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +16.536s
12 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +16.770s
13 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +18.331s
14 Jake HILL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +19.049s
15 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +22.258s
16 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport +22.991s
17 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +23.643s
18 Mark BLUNDELL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +26.134s
19 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Motorbase +27.920s
20 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +28.393s
21 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +35.542s
22 Michael CREES (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +37.748s
23 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +37.854s
24 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +1 lap
25 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +2 laps
26 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Team Toyota GB with Ginsters +8 laps
27 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Racing +8 laps
28 Jason PLATO (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +13 laps

 

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