Colin Turkington claimed his second win of the day and the 50th of his illustrious British Touring Car career at Oulton Park ahead of Andrew Jordan and Dan Cammish.
The reigning champion had to negotiate two safety car restarts on route to victory after some big crashes in the second race at Oulton Park.
As he did in race one, Turkington led away from pole with teammate Jordan following him through from third on the grid.
Ashley Sutton was the first victim on a chaotic first lap when he was tagged ever so slightly by Rob Collard as the field headed into Cascades with the former spinning across the grass. Collard later had to pit under the safety car to remove some lose body work.
Jack Goff was seemingly hit under braking for the Hairpin sending him into the unfortunate Chris Smiley taking both of them out of the race and ultimately bringing out the safety car.
The restart saw service resumed for the leading trio of Turkington, Jordan and Cammish whilst Matt Neal and Stephen Jelley were proving to be the ones to watch.
After starting from 29th on the grid after crashing out in race one, Matt Neal in the points at the half-way stage after overtaking the two Mercedes of Aiden Moffat and Daniel Rowbottom.
The battle for eighth was great with Ollie Jackson holding off Jason Plato, Stephen Jelley, Josh Cook and Jake Hill for many laps until dropping to 12th after he got hung out to dry when Plato moved up the inside at Lodge. Later in the lap, Neal then joined the party and overtook Jackson coming out of the Hairpin to take 12th place.
Jelley then fought his way past Plato as he moved up the inside going into turn one as Neal moved up to 11th after pulling an identical move on Hill simultaneously.
The safety car came out again on lap 14 after Sam Osborne hit the tyre barrier on the inside of turn one.
The restart saw Tom Ingram have a big slide going through Knickerbrook which allowed Butcher and Jelley to go through. Jelley then went up the inside of Burcher at Lodge to go sixth with a great drive for the Team Parker Racing man.
At the front however, Turkington led home a West Surrey Racing Team BMW one-two with Jordan following him home in second and Cammish finishing third.
“I didn’t realise this was where the stats were. For me that was a special win given how I felt with the car,” said Turkington. “I was completely in the zone. Every lap was as good as I could make it.
“It’s very rare that you finish a race and feel like that. There’s very few that you feel like you’re in a different place. I’m the frontman but the BMW and WSR guys are the ones doing all the work, it’s for them.
“There’s only a few occasions you drive the car throughout the season and it’s perfect and you get that connection. We’re just approaching half-way so it’s still early days. Andy (Jordan) has had a great start to the season and it’s great we’ve got three quick BMWs. The competition within pushes me on.”
Jordan said: “I hate finishing second! Colin (Turkington) is just driving so well this weekend. I love having one of the best drivers in the business to go up against. I love the challenge and he’s got a couple of tenths on me here for sure.
“The front and rear axle are just fighting each other a little, unlike at Croft. We’re playing catch-up a little on this side of the garage but it’s a great position for the team to be in and I’m so pleased for everyone at WSR and BMW.”
Third place finisher Cammish commented: “Having been behind the BMW and in its wake I know where it is now. Fair play to the team for building such a fantastic car.
“We’re winning the ‘H’ race, the best of the Hondas. The safety car did bring them back and I gave Andrew (Jordan) hassle but I couldn’t get any further. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this car and the driver – we’re maximising it, but they’re just on a different planet at the moment and I daren’t think about the number of races they’ve now won.”
Fourth was Tom Oliphant who was followed home by Sam Tordoff with Jelley coming home sixth.
Butcher came home seventh with Ingram close behind in eighth with Plato coming home ninth and Josh Cook rounding out the top-10.
Neal came home 11th after a fantastic drive with Hill coming home 12th and getting reverse grid pole for race three whilst Daniel Rowbottom got his first points finish in the BTCC with a 15th place.
There was also a big crash for Rob Smith on the last lap causing big damage to his MG after tangling with Michael Crees.
Turkington still leads the championship from Jordan ahead of race three later on today.
Header image from BTCC
By Jordan Hollands.