Colin Turkington converted pole position into victory in the first race of the weekend at Donington Park.
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Ashley Sutton got a great start from third on the grid to slot into second as Turkington led the field away.
Turkington’s West Surrey Racing teammate Andrew Jordan was tagged by Rob Collard coming through the Old Hairpin and hit in the driver’s door by Adam Morgan and then Stephen Jelley – whom unlike the others was able to continue.
Motorbase Performance’s Ollie Jackson, the Audi S3 of Jake Hill and the Honda Civic of Matt Simpson were also caught up in the action and all retired with damage.
The incident saw Jordan taken to hospital with his dad Mike stating, “he’s got a lot of pins and needles in his head – he’s taken a big hit.”
Morgan also complained of a sore back but also said, “It’s nothing a few pain killers can’t sort out.”
The restart saw Sam Tordoff go around the outside of a heavy Josh Cook who had maximum ballast on board his Honda Civic Type R FK8 as a result of being the championship leader coming into the weekend.
Cook tried to hold onto his third place coming into the chicane but was tagged by Tordoff resulting in Cook getting a rear left puncture putting him a lap down whilst his BTC Racing pit crew put a new wheel on.
The safety car came out again after Nicolas Hamilton hit the tyre barrier coming out of the chicane – forcing him to retire.
The restart saw Matt Neal dive up the inside of Tom Ingram at Redgate to grab fifth.
Tordoff’s dismal luck followed him on from Brands Hatch as he spun out of third place coming into the chicane moving West Surrey Racing’s Tom Oliphant into third where he remained for the final few laps to grab his first British Touring Car podium.
Turkington cruised home for his first win of the season and with his new BMW 330i M Sport.
“Brands Hatch was a difficult weekend for me,” said Turkington. “Circumstances went against us and there’s no better feeling than winning races. I only won one last year and this is the second now for the new 3 Series. I’m fine tuning it to my style and I’m really liking it. We’ve come out of the box really fast and close to our potential.
“I’m going to need a few more wins this time! Last year was just points and consistency but as usual, the bar is raised. There are even quicker cars out there and serial wins will be required. 54 kilograms is new territory for us. I’ve not had weight in the car before and we’ll give it our best go.”
Tom Chilton takes over the championship lead with an eighth place finish from 13th on the grid.
Header image from BTCC
By Jordan Hollands.