Turkington wins second BTCC encounter at Donington

Colin Turkington won the second race of the day at Donington Park in similar fashion to his win earlier on in the day. With the victory, Turkington has now beaten his total win tally of last year.

It was the reining Champion who got off to the best start and was followed through by his West Surrey Racing teammate Tom Oliphant dropping Ashley Sutton down to third.

However, Sutton fought back and dived up the inside of Oliphant going into the Old Hairpin.

Turkington and Sutton escaped from the chasing pack with Oliphant trying to keep a long line of cars behind him.

The safety car was deployed after Mark Blundell and Sam Osborne got themselves into a tangle going into the chicane with both cars spinning across the grass and gravel. This diminished the two second gap built up by Turkington and Sutton.

Turkington floored it at the restart with action taking place a bit further back when Jason Plato tagged the AmD Tuning Honda Civic of Sam Tordoff going down Craner Curves sending the latter into a spin.

Matt Neal continued to apply pressure to Oliphant – just like he was before the safety car came out and got the better of the BMW man when he dived up the inside at McLean’s with a robust move. Tom Chilton also took advantage of the situation to move up to fourth.

Oliphant’s hard-fought race continued when Rory Butcher got a better run out of Redgate and moved up the inside going into the Old Hairpin.

Jack Goff then dived up the inside of Chris Smiley at Redgate but collided with the BTC Racing Honda – damaging Smiley’s rear right suspension. Smiley then went straight off down at Craner Curves and into the gravel bringing out the safety car again.

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Smiley has had a tricky start to the campaign

On the restart, Neal got a good run out of the chicane and moved past Sutton to grab second.

Cook dived up the inside of Oliphant at Redgate but the pair made contact with each other sending the latter into a spin allowing Plato to move past both of them into sixth.

Turkington came home to win form Neal and Sutton making it three wins out of five for West Surrey Racing’s new BMW 330i M Sport.

Turkington said after the race: “What a start to the season compared to last year. Track position counts for a lot, if you win race one and get out front in race two, you have half a chance. I don’t know how many safety cars there were in that race, but that’s how I won it really – just managing those and keeping Ash (Ashley Sutton) a few car lengths back.

“I can’t say enough about this team, that’s three wins now and they’ve all worked incredibly hard for this, so we deserve it.

“It was really difficult in the first few laps, I’ve sort of forgotten what ballast in the car feels like so I was going in a bit too hot in those early laps, but once I understood the balance of the car I was able to put in what I thought was consistent laps.

“I could see that Ash was having to work hard to keep Matt (Neal) behind so that made it a bit easier for me.”

Neal said: “Colin (Turkington) is still way too strong for us at the minute. We had a bit better pace on us compared to the others, so it was good – the car was strong.

Sutton said: “It’s a good result, to be honest I knew I didn’t have the pace to sit there so once Matt got into third, I knew we were going to lose this one. I weren’t going to put up too much of a battle, he was coming at me, I was wringing the neck of the car, but we didn’t have enough to match him because of the ballast.”

Tom Ingram will start on pole position for the third race of the day in front of 4,500 Toyota supporters.

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Can Ingram grab his first win of the season and the first win for the new Corolla? 

Header image from BTCC

By Jordan Hollands.

 

 

 

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