Croft BTCC: Colin Turkington doubles up in race two
|By Kevin Turner||Sunday, June 29th 2014, 14:21 GMT|
Colin Turkington continued his fine form by taking his second British Touring Car victory of the weekend at Croft.
Unlike in race one, however, the WSR BMW was not able to immediately run away from the field.
Gordon Shedden's Honda Civic Tourer stayed close for the first half of the race but gradually fell away and crossed the line 6.2 seconds behind his championship rival.
Matt Neal starred as he charged to a podium finish despite completing the first lap in sixth.
The Honda driver made it past Andrew Jordan's Eurotech Honda, then dived by the struggling Triple Eight MG of Jason Plato at Sunny.
He headed off after Rob Collard's BMW in third, making it by with less than five laps to go.
Neal closed on his success ballast-laden team-mate, but still finished 2.6s behind Shedden.
Behind a lonely Jordan in fifth, Plato crossed the line in sixth, but he secured it in controversial style.
After holding a group of cars behind him for a number of laps, Plato had lost out to Neal and Jordan.
He and the BMR VW of Alain Menu eventually broke away from the pack and engaged in a duel for sixth.
On the penultimate lap, Menu made a move down the inside into Clervaux. He appeared to make it by, but the VW's rear was clipped by the MG as Plato turned in, sending Menu into the barriers and out of the race.
Mat Jackson continued his good race form by coming through to seventh, while Tom Ingram took his Speedworks Toyota Avensis through to eighth on the soft Dunlop tyre.
Adam Morgan also impressed, coming through to finish 12th after starting on the 15th row.
Results - 15 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Colin Turkington WSR BMW 21m32.413s 2. Gordon Shedden Honda +6.243s 3. Matt Neal Honda +8.855s 4. Rob Collard WSR BMW +10.430s 5. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda +18.455s 6. Jason Plato MG +23.220s 7. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford +24.716s 8. Sam Tordoff MG +27.835s 9. Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota +30.011s 10. Fabrizio Giovanardi Motorbase Ford +31.998s 11. Jack Goff BMR Vauxhall +32.864s 12. Adam Morgan Ciceley Mercedes +33.801s 13. Jack Clarke Motorbase Ford +34.426s 14. Nick Foster WSR BMW +34.608s 15. Aron Smith BMR VW +42.553s 16. Marc Hynes MG +42.564s 17. Lea Wood Houseman Toyota +43.105s 18. Martin Depper Eurotech Honda +43.745s 19. James Cole UA Toyota +50.475s 20. Ollie Jackson Welch Proton +54.167s 21. Robb Holland Rotek Audi +1m07.351s 22. Dan Welch Welch Proton +1m08.516s 23. Simon Belcher Handy Toyota -1 lap 24. Glynn Geddie UA Toyota -2 laps Retirements: Alain Menu BMR VW 13 laps Warren Scott BMR Vauxhall 8 laps Hunter Abbott RAR Audi 5 laps Dave Newsham AmD Ford 2 laps Rob Austin RAR Audi 0 laps Aiden Moffat Moffat Chevrolet 0 laps