Colin Turkington came from fourth on the grid to win his fifth race of the season after overtaking a very heavy Tom Ingram at around the half-way stage.
Turkington got a perfect start and moved up to second by the time they completed the first lap, but it was Ingram who led.
Ingram continued to hold on to the race lead despite Turkington’s best efforts to overtake the race one winner.
Andrew Jordan was soon on the tail of the leading pair after overtaking Dan Cammish and setting the fastest lap of the race at the same time. However, like with his teammate Turkington, Jordan struggled to find a way past and soon Cammish and Ollie Jackson were on his tail making it a five-way battle for the lead of the race.
Turkington had had enough of being stuck behind Ingram and looked up the inside of him at the Montreal Hairpin, but Ingram read the move and covered off the reigning Champion.
A rather frustrated Jordan saw his opportunity and moved around the outside but contact between Turkington and Ingram meant Jordan ran out of room allowing Cammish back through into second as Turkington took the race lead and Ingram dropped all the way down to 11th.
Turkington pulled a gap over Cammish and held on for a comfortable race win with Cammish an emotional second and Jordan third.
“I knew from lap one that the car had switched on,” said Turkington. “Tom (Ingram) had started to lose the rear axle going through turn one and I knew that was my time. I had to be patient to try and make the correct move though.”
The win marks West Surrey Racing’s tenth win of the season – more than they’ve managed in any season before and Turkington was quick to sing the praises of the team.
“The 1-series was a great car, but we wanted to be better, the team have produced a fantastic car so it’s nice to get the rewards for them.”
Turkington will now have to use the slower hard tyre in race three and is ready for a challenging race.
“Race three will be all about survival,” admitted Turkington. “Tom (Oliphant) ran the hard tyre in race one and was okay with it. I did test the hard tyre here in July and my arms were very sore by the end of that race run so it’s going to be tough, but it’s the same for everybody today.”
Cammish was very pleased with another second place and admits it could be his ‘best drive’ in a Touring Car yet.
“That feels like a win!” said Cammish. “It might be the best drive I’ve ever had in a Touring Car, to hang on to it when others couldn’t – I pretty much burst into tears over the line. I can’t tell you how much concentration and effort it took to keep a driver of Andrew’s (Jordan) calibre behind me for that long – I’m knackered!”
Jordan was left frustrated with third as he lost yet more ground to teammate Turkington in the Championship fight.
“I can’t sit and wait for ever; I need to try and get on with it,” said Jordan. “Tom (Ingram) was backing us all up and I said on the team radio: ‘Come on, let’s crack on otherwise I’m going to get screwed over in a minute’ so I had to take the risk.
“It looked alright but I don’t know if Colin got into the back of Tom, but I had just got an overlap to Tom’s left rear and thought ‘That’s fine because I’ll be on the outside of Colin here’ and then Tom suddenly had a big moment so it looks like he got hit from behind. I don’t know what happened to him after, bad luck for him I guess but I’m p***ed off with third.”
Jackson finished fourth with Sam Tordoff fifth and Jason Plato sixth. Ashley Sutton had another solid race finishing seventh with Chris Smiley eighth, Matt Simpson a respectable ninth and Jake Hill 10th.
Tom Oliphant was 11th with Rory Butcher 12th, Bobby Thompson finished in 13th with Rob Collard 14th and Josh Cook getting the final point in 15th.
Tom Ingram eventually finished in 23rd after some sort of mechanical problem with his Toyota Corolla.
Header image from BTCC
By Jordan Hollands.