Colin Turkington wins at Silverstone as championship fight takes another turn

Reigning Kwik Fit British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington claimed victory in race two at Silverstone, benefiting from a late puncture for race leader Tom Ingram.

With that result, it now means Turkington is back on-top of the table, just six-points ahead of Ashley Sutton as Ingram and Rory Butcher lose ground in the title battle.

It was Cammish who initially got the better start from pole position as Sutton fought his way up to fourth ahead of championship rival Turkington before he out-braked himself going into Becketts, taking out Butcher.

This allowed Turkington into third as Ingram got a good run out of Becketts onto the Wellington straight and pulled alongside Cammish. He stuck his Toyota Corolla around the outside of the Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R at Brooklands which gave him the inside for Luffield as he took the race lead.

Race one winner Cammish fought back around the outside of Copse but the leading pair both ran wide with the positions remaining the same.

After his contact with Butcher on the opening lap, Sutton was losing ground and losing positions. Adam Morgan breezed past the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 and into fourth as the chasing pack followed him through.

Once the dust had settled, Sutton had dropped to 10th and now had teammate Aiden Moffat right on his bumper, who similarly had Carl Boardley on his with Senna Proctor also challenging in his Hyundai.

Sutton now sits second in the championship fight after a potentially pivotal moment in his championship bid. (Photo credit: BTCC/Jakob Ebrey)

After spending a couple of frustrating laps behind his teammate, Moffat finally managed to get through before also overtaking Ollie Jackson on the inside at Luffield after putting his Infiniti around the outside at Brooklands.

Now sitting in eighth, the Scottish driver then dived up the inside of both Jake Hill and Josh Cook at Copse to grab sixth but ran a bit wide allowing Cook to fight his way back through on the inside at Becketts.

Moffat closed the door on Hill to maintain seventh, but finally got the better of Cook a few laps later with a similar move to that which he pulled on Jackson earlier in the race.

Another driver who was becoming increasingly frustrated was Turkington.

After spending lap after lap behind Cammish, unable to get through, Turkington finally made his move by going up the inside of the Honda driver going into Copse having got a good run out of Luffield and through Woodcote.

All this allowed Ingram to just extended his advantage slightly to seven-tenths of a second on what was looking like a very comfortable race win. However, coming into Becketts with just four laps to go, Ingram’s front left tyre went bang, and he ran wide, gifting the race lead to Turkington.

Just a lap prior, Sutton also suffered a front left puncture – although that may have been as a result of the contact with Butcher on the opening lap.

Now leading the championship, Turkington was once again delighted with his BMW.

“All credit to my guys and Team BMW, I had a really fast car in that race,” said Turkington. “Once we took a bit of the weight out, the handling was incredible. I knew I had good pace but to be able to pick up on the other guys’ misfortunes, I’m just so excited to win today. I can’t remember winning at Silverstone. It’s become a bit of a home Grand Prix for us. Since moving to the UK we’re quite close to here, so it’s an extra special feeling to win here at Silverstone.

“Thruxton really didn’t go my way at all. I felt a bit of momentum swing to the favour of the other guys and I felt on the back foot the whole way through Thruxton and even Free Practice here at Silverstone. But we kept working hard, kept digging and the result has come to us. It felt like it was slipping away, and we’ve made some ground back.

“You see how quickly things can change. I’d been watching footage this morning from last year, the 2019 coverage, and saw that two cars had got front left punctures going through Brooklands so I was mindful of that and to try and stay away from it. It’s great to get my car home in one piece.”

Cammish finished in second and now sits third in the championship, leap-frogging the unfortunate Ingram whilst Morgan finished a very respectable third-place, showing great speed in his Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class.

Matt Neal finished a very lonely fourth with Moffat fifth after a brilliant drive on his 200th BTCC start.

Cook was sixth with Hill in seventh and Jackson eighth.

Ninth was Tom Oliphant who will start race three from pole position with Senna Proctor in 10th.

Tom Chilton came home in 11th, 12th was Sam Osborne with Bobby Thompson 13th.

Coming home in 14th in what was a damage limitation drive was Butcher with Chris Smiley getting the final point on offer.

After contact on the opening lap, Butcher will be happy with 14th. (Photo credit: BTCC/Jakob Ebrey)

Boardley lost ground after a drive-through penalty and finished down in 23rd.

Header image courtesy of BTCC/Jakob Ebrey

By Jordan Hollands.

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