TURKINGTON TAKES RACE TWO HONOURS
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington claimed victory in the second BTCC encounter at Brands Hatch as the reigning champion fended off a feisty Tom Ingram, whilst title rival Dan Cammish hit trouble.
Cammish bogged down from pole position and initially dropped to fourth as Turkington and Ingram took charge at the head of the field, but the Halfords Yuasa Racing man was soon back into third to set up a three-way tussle.
Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters’ Ingram put Turkington under intense pressure early on but soon had to be cautious with Cammish’s Honda Civic Type R close behind.
The battle ended prematurely, however, as Cammish’s car cut out whilst running through Surtees and the entire field streamed by the stuttering Honda.
Turkington eventually pulled away to take a comfortable win from Ingram, whilst Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton completed the podium.
The story of the race belonged to Rory Butcher as the Motorbase Performance driver roared from 25th on the grid to take fourth at the finish, eventually passing team-mate Ollie Jackson.
Butcher faced heartbreak whilst leading the opening race due to a late puncture, but the Scotsman bounced back in style with a breathtaking drive in the second contest. His Ford Focus stable-mate – Jackson – is also enjoying the best day in his BTCC career so far as he followed up a podium in the opener with a fantastic top five finish in the next bout.
Adam Morgan continues to hustle his Carlube-backed Mercedes Benz A-Class – this time fending off Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant to take sixth. Senna Proctor’s impressive weekend continues as the EXCELR8 Motorsport man grabbed eighth, whilst Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelley took ninth for the second successive race.
GKR TradePriceCars.com racer James Gornall finished tenth – his best result of his short BTCC career so far – although his team-mate Bobby Thompson faced disappointment. Contact between Thompson’s Audi S3 and Michael Crees’ BTC Racing-run Honda left both cars in the gravel, bringing about the sole safety car spell of the race.
Race-winner Turkington isn’t having so much luck when drawing a ball at random for the reverse grid race 3, as for the second week running the BMW star picked out the number ’12’, meaning the front row for the finale around the 2.43-mile circuit will consist of Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat and the Team HARD-run VW of Jack Goff.
The final race of the day starts at 1730 with all the action being screened live on ITV4.
Colin Turkington said: “The 3 series was just beautiful in that race. It was like Donington, I had to try and beat Dan to the first corner, which I did with no problem. But the pressure was on from there. It was Ollie initially and then Tom Ingram hot on my heels, a tough race because when you’re leading you can’t afford any mistakes – the guys get a sniff and they’re right on you. It was a close to perfect race and a big thanks to the team because, like at Donington, my car was improved for race two and that’s why we had that outstanding pace, so I’m really pleased to chalk another win.
“The weather is perfect for us today but it’s very important to capitalise on days like this. Because our season runs in November this year, which will be cold wintry and dark which doesn’t necessarily favour us so much. It’s important for us to be strong in the summer months, which we usually are, so there’s no feeling like crossing that line in first place.”
Tom Ingram said: “First time this year, I’m absolutely thrilled. I feel like I’ve missed out on at least three podium finishes this year so I’m pleased to get the first one out of the way – get it done. And the car felt magnificent, towards the end I was happy just to nurse it really and take the time. I knew that we were going to be dropping off and it was really hard work, especially with tyres as well. Generally the car has felt really strong this weekend so it’s exciting, we’ve had two good solid points scores, so the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters car is feeling pretty hooked up.”
Ash Sutton said: “I think not running in FP2 has put us on the back foot a little this weekend. In FP1 we came in and the balance wasn’t quite there, so we’ve been playing catch up. It was a hard qualifying and I lost my best lap. Starting 14th, the whole day’s just been about being patient with it, finding the right places to overtake. It’s been a little harder and the temperature’s not helping but we’ve pulled a podium out of it so it’s perfect.”
2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Race 2 – Brands Hatch GP
1 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW 18 laps
2 Tom INGRAM (GBR ) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters +3.222s
3 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +6.456s
4 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Motorbase Performance +12.822s
5 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Motorbase Performance +13.943s
6 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +14.269s
7 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +15.082s
8 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +16.596s
9 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +16.759s
10 James GORNALL (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com +17.408s
11 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +19.429s
12 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +20.142s
13 Chris SMILEY (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +20.329s
14 Andy NEATE (GBR) Motorbase Performance +20.546s
15 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) HUB Financial Solutions with Team HARD +22.240s
16 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +27.470s
17 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Team HARD +31.282s
18 Jack BUTEL (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +31.479s
19 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +59.604s
20 Ollie BROWN (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Team HARD +1 lap
21 Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +8 laps
22 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +8 laps
23 Tom CHILTON (GBR) BTC Racing +9 laps
24 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +10 laps
25 Michael CREES (GBR) The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing +16 laps
26 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com +16 laps