Thruxton BTCC: Colin Turkington wins dramatic race three
|By Kevin Turner||Sunday, May 4th 2014, 17:07 GMT|
Colin Turkington won a dramatic reversed-grid British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton.
The bedrock of the WSR BMW driver's success was a superb start from row three, switching to the outside to make it into second behind poleman Fabrizio Giovanardi.
Turkington then got a run out of Village to pass the Motorbase Ford Focus on the blast to Church and started to edge away.
The 2009 champion built up a 1.3-second lead before Ollie Jackson's crashed Proton brought out the safety car.
Turkington nailed the restart and opened up a two-second gap in two laps, only to lose it again when the safety car returned when Simon Belcher spectacularly rolled over the barriers at Church. Like Jackson, he emerged unscathed.
At the final restart, Turkington again got away well, edging away to record his second victory of the season.
Giovanardi was left to defend from team-mate Mat Jackson, up from row three.
Jackson was clearly quicker and made it by with three laps to go, but Turkington was long gone.
Giovanardi was then left to fend off a number of cars for third. Jack Goff's BMR Vauxhall Insignia tried to make it by at the complex, but lost momentum, allowing first Andrew Jordan and then Gordon Shedden through.
Jordan applied pressure to the Ford, but Giovanardi held on to take the first podium of his BTCC return. Just over a second covered the Italian, Jordan, Shedden and Goff in sixth.
Rob Collard and Matt Neal should also have been in the fight, but ended up taking each other out. Neal had touched the BMW on the rise from Allard, and Collard then ran wide into Campbell, taking them both off.
Although Neal emerged ahead, he soon pitted, while Collard ended up an angry 10th.
One of the stars of the race was Aron Smith, whose weekend was badly affected by a crash in free practice. He charged from row eight to seventh, while BMR VW Passat team-mate Alain Menu made it to 11th after starting 19th.
Jason Plato got no points from the race after being an innocent victim in an early skirmish. Collard touched Adam Morgan at the complex on lap one and, as the Mercedes driver caught the slide, he hit Plato, forcing the MG6 into retirement.
Morgan recovered to take an eventual eighth, ahead of Plato's team-mate Sam Tordoff.
Results - 19 laps Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Colin Turkington WSR BMW 30m13.931s 2. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford +3.272s 3. Fabrizio Giovanardi Motorbase Ford +5.649s 4. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda +5.983s 5. Gordon Shedden Honda +6.232s 6. Jack Goff BMR Vauxhall +6.726s 7. Aron Smith BMR VW +7.518s 8. Adam Morgan Ciceley Mercedes +7.711s 9. Sam Tordoff MG +9.418s 10. Rob Collard WSR BMW +10.489s 11. Alain Menu BMR VW +10.724s 12. Rob Austin RAR Audi +13.206s 13. Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota +13.489s 14. Dave Newsham AmD Ford +13.946s 15. Marc Hynes MG +16.183s 16. Hunter Abbott RAR Audi +16.831s 17. Lea Wood Houseman Toyota +17.083s 18. Martin Depper Eurotech Honda +17.467s 19. Aiden Moffat Moffat Chevrolet +19.261s 20. Nick Foster WSR BMW +20.585s 21. Chris Stockton BTC Chevrolet +21.041s 22. Jack Clarke Motorbase Ford +27.211s 23. Matt Neal Honda +31.215s 24. Daniel Welch Welch Proton +1 lap Retirements/Not classified James Cole UA Toyota 10 laps Simon Belcher Handy Toyota 9 laps Glynn Geddie UA Toyota 4 laps Ollie Jackson Welch Proton 3 laps Jason Plato MG 0 laps Warren Scott BMR Vauxhall 0 laps