BTCC Snetterton: Turkington reclaims joint lead with lights-to-flag win

Marcus Simmons
·4-min read
Turkington reclaims joint BTCC lead with Snetterton win
Turkington reclaims joint BTCC lead with Snetterton win

BMW star Colin Turkington moved back into the joint lead of the British Touring Car Championship by taking a lights-to-flag victory - plus fastest lap - in the first race at Snetterton.

Turkington soaked up pressure on a slippery track, following overnight rain, while he got the tyres up to temperature on his West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330i M Sport.

He also had an advantage by being on the drier inside racing line of the grid, which caused outside front-row starter Jake Hill to lose ground off the start and concede second place to Tom Ingram.

Ingram's Speedworks Motorsport-run Toyota Corolla went to the outside of Turkington at Agostini on the opening lap, but was edged wide by the BMW, and the lost momentum allowed Hill's AmD-fielded MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type R down the inside at the following Hamilton turn.

There was contact between the two, and Hill ran wide, allowing Ingram back into second.

Ingram kept Turkington under pressure in the opening couple of laps, but the four-time champion had extended his advantage beyond a second by the end of lap four of 12.

Now it was Hill making progress, and he thought he saw a gap into the Williams hairpin at half-distance.

It wasn't quite big enough, and there was a collision, Ingram slewing wide and the Honda scampering past, before Hill let the Toyota back ahead to prevent any post-race penalties.

That extended Turkington's lead to over four seconds, and the charging ingram could only trim it back to 2.570s by the chequered flag.

"It was a great start to my day," said Turkington.

"We were all fretting at Team BMW because we had the wet tyres on as we sat in the garage and it was taking a long time to dry, but in the end it flicked over and we went onto slicks.

Turkington reclaims joint BTCC lead with Snetterton win
Turkington reclaims joint BTCC lead with Snetterton win

"The first lap was a bit tricky - as the leader you're doing the experimentation, but I knew if I could keep Jake and Tom behind I had a good chance of converting the race."

The Ingram/Hill incident allowed the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus of Rory Butcher into their midst, but the Scot fell away and finished fourth.

Butcher was another slow starter on the outside of the grid, as was pre-weekend points leader Ash Sutton's Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50.

Sutton had a clash with Butcher's team-mate Ollie Jackson into Riches away from the start, while the BMW of Tom Oliphant spun in front of them, but Sutton still emerged in fifth, behind the Team Dynamics-run Honda of Dan Cammish.

Butcher muscled his way past Sutton for fifth at the Esses, and then got Cammish for fourth into the hairpin on the fifth lap.

Cammish also fell prey to Sutton, into Oggies on the seventh lap, and he was only just ahead of the Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan at the finish.

Sutton's fifth place means he now shares the series lead with Turkington, with Cammish eight points adrift and Ingram 23 behind.

The Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundais made good progress into the top 10, but Senna Proctor could not keep Josh Cook's BTC Honda behind, the double Croft victor taking eighth from Proctor.

The second Hyundai of Chris Smiley lost the final spot in the top 10 to Michael Crees (BTC Honda) with three laps remaining.

Oliphant recovered to 14th following his first-corner off, but the longer-delayed Jackson could only make it to 21st.

BTCC Snetterton Race 1 results - 12 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Colin Turkington

WSR

BMW

23m50.231s

2

Tom Ingram

Speedworks Motorsport

Toyota

2.570s

3

Jake Hill

AmD Tuning

Honda

3.949s

4

Rory Butcher

Motorbase Performance

Ford

5.135s

5

Ash Sutton

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

7.125s

6

Dan Cammish

Team Dynamics

Honda

8.916s

7

Adam Morgan

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

9.415s

8

Josh Cook

BTC Racing

Honda

14.668s

9

Senna Proctor

Excelr8 Motorsport

Hyundai

21.105s

10

Michael Crees

BTC Racing

Honda

25.165s

11

Chris Smiley

Excelr8 Motorsport

Hyundai

26.205s

12

Stephen Jelley

Team Parker Racing

BMW

26.968s

13

Matt Neal

Team Dynamics

Honda

27.199s

14

Tom Oliphant

WSR

BMW

29.603s

15

Carl Boardley

Team Hard

BMW

30.274s

16

Tom Chilton

BTC Racing

Honda

32.531s

17

Sam Osborne

AmD Tuning

Honda

33.342s

18

Jack Goff

Team Hard

Volkswagen

33.532s

19

Paul Rivett

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

37.581s

20

Jack Butel

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

40.103s

21

Ollie Jackson

Motorbase Performance

Ford

46.232s

22

Jessica Hawkins

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

51.869s

23

Nicolas Hamilton

Team Hard

Volkswagen

55.861s

24

Ethan Hammerton

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

1m08.252s

25

Glynn Geddie

Team Hard

Volkswagen

1m21.761s

26

Andy Neate

Motorbase Performance

Ford

1m49.522s

27

Aiden Moffat

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

1 Lap

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