SNETTERTON RECAP: ROUND FOUR
TURKINGTON TAKES LIGHTS-TO-FLAG WIN
As this weekend’s Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship rounds edge nearer, let’s look back over the latest trio of races and relive the action from Snetterton! First up, Round four…
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington repelled an early attack from Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com’s Tom Ingram to take his first victory of the BTCC season.
The Norfolk venue – basked in glorious sunshine throughout the weekend – saw the return of the Goodyear ‘Option’ tyre, and the vast majority of the front-runners chose to utilise softer rubber for the first contest.
Ingram made a stellar effort on the opening tour as he hauled his Hyundai i30N alongside Turkington’s BMW 3 Series on no fewer than two occasions, but the four-time champion held firm whilst getting temperature into the tyres of his rear-wheel drive machine.
The lead duo traded fastest laps later in the bout, but in truth Turkington was able to keep Ingram at arm’s length until the chequered flag – scoring an important win in the process and the 155th podium of his BTCC career.
Rory Butcher claimed a lonely third place, but it was a promising first 2021 podium for the Scotsman after his off-season switch to Toyota Gazoo Racing UK.
Stephen Jelley fought hard to take fourth place, with his final pass by the MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford of Ollie Jackson being particularly impressive.
Jackson held onto to fifth from a charging Adam Morgan as the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport experienced a topsy turvy encounter. Morgan’s BMW climbed to fifth in the early running, before dropping to seventh, but the Lancastrian fought back well to take a first top six finish in his new stealth Bavarian car.
Daniel Lloyd maintained seventh for Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing, ahead of Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant – the latter helping to cement four BMWs in the top eight.
Championship leader Jake Hill was ninth in his ballast-laden MB Motorsport-run Ford Focus, whilst Chris Smiley rounded out the top ten in the second EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai.
Click here for the full result, check out ITV’s Race in 60 seconds highlights clip below, and of course head back to btcc.net tomorrow for the recap of Snetterton’s second race!