Brands Hatch BTCC: Turkington wins race one to boost title hopes

Colin Turkington vaulted himself into contention for this year's British Touring Car Championship title after winning the opening race of the weekend at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch BTCC: Turkington wins race one to boost title hopes

The Team Subaru Levorg GT driver led every lap of the race from pole position after fending off a strong first-corner challenge from the Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Rob Austin.

Austin eventually finished in second place, ahead of the Triple Eight Racing MG6 of Josh Cook, who had jumped Turkington's Team BMR team-mate Jason Plato at Clearways on the last lap.

Turkington, who also netted the point for setting the fastest lap, said: "It was tough off the start because I don't think the sun had got to that part of the Tarmac yet.

"Rob pushed me hard to start with but then, after that, I was able to pull away as I liked. The car was perfect, and I could have kept going."

Behind the top four, factory Honda Civic Type R driver Gordon Shedden used a strong opening lap to power up to fifth place.

He finished ahead of Adam Morgan's Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class, who had Shedden's team-mate Matt Neal in his wheeltracks.

Neal had earlier clashed with Rob Collard's WSR BMW 125i M Sport going into Druids, which delayed Collard and the Hampshireman could only recover for 12thplace.

Championship leader Sam Tordoff, who was carrying the maximum 75kg of success ballast into the race finished in 10th spot after starting in the same position.

The results mean Tordoff maintains his points lead but he is now only six clear of Shedden with two races remaining today.

Neal is 10 points adrift, with Collard 19 and Turkington 20 behind.

Mat Jackson (Motorbase Ford Focus), who finished 11th, and his team-mate Andrew Jordan, who retired after contact, are still in mathematical contention for the title.

RACE ONE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Time Gap
1 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 16 25m56.267s -
2 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 16 26m00.837s 4.570s
3 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 16 26m01.581s 5.314s
4 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 16 26m02.170s 5.903s
5 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 16 26m07.017s 10.750s
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 16 26m07.397s 11.130s
7 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 16 26m07.887s 11.620s
8 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 16 26m14.161s 17.894s
9 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 16 26m14.344s 18.077s
10 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 16 26m15.831s 19.564s
11 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 16 26m16.462s 20.195s
12 Rob Collard WSR BMW 16 26m17.444s 21.177s
13 Jack Goff WSR BMW 16 26m21.335s 25.068s
14 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 16 26m26.249s 29.982s
15 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 16 26m27.373s 31.106s
16 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 16 26m27.447s 31.180s
17 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 16 26m27.596s 31.329s
18 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 16 26m27.867s 31.600s
19 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 16 26m29.272s 33.005s
20 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 16 26m29.998s 33.731s
21 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 16 26m31.448s 35.181s
22 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 16 26m36.597s 40.330s
23 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 16 26m37.112s 40.845s
24 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 16 26m50.927s 54.660s
25 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 16 26m56.449s 1m00.182s
- Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 15 25m51.384s Retirement
- Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 12 21m37.797s Retirement
- Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 12 22m34.849s Retirement
- Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 2 3m41.606s Retirement
- Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1 1m44.008s Retirement
- Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 1 1m44.798s Retirement

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