BTCC Oulton Park: BMW's Turkington dominates race one from pole

Colin Turkington converted pole position into his third win of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season in the opening race at Oulton Park, despite carrying maximum success ballast

BTCC Oulton Park: BMW's Turkington dominates race one from pole

The current points leader scored the only victory of his 2018 title-winning campaign in the second race at the same circuit last year, and he was again comfortable as he took the spoils two seconds clear of runner-up Dan Cammish.

Despite his BMW 330i M sport being laden with the full 54kg of ballast due to his position in the standings, Turkington used the rear-wheel-drive advantage to make a sublime launch and he held first place into Old Hall.

Like his leading BMW team-mate, Andrew Jordan also opted to run the softer compound tyre in the first race and enjoyed a strong getaway from fourth.

As Cammish also got good start, Sam Tordoff faced heavy pressure into Turn 1 from second on the grid.

Team Dynamics driver Cammish slid through on the inside and Jordan hung on around the outside to relieve Tordoff of third.

That allowed Turkington breathing space early on and he finished the first lap with a 0.9s cushion.

A run of fastest laps from Cammish brought that down to 0.5s as the soft tyres appeared to wear for Turkington.

But the double Donington Park winner was then given respite after a strange component failure for Matt Neal brought out the safety car.

At the apex for the fifth-gear Druids corner, the front-left wheel on Neal's Honda Civic Type R came off and he careered into the tyre wall.

The race was extended by the maximum three laps up to 18 as a result of the delay, and Turkington continued unchallenged as the race resumed.

After the first flying lap, Turkington was almost 0.8s to the good over Cammish and slowly stretched that to 2.021s at the chequered flag.

Cammish remained clear for second, while Jordan rounded out the top three - the first time he's been on the podium in 2019 aside from his four wins.

Rory Butcher overhauled his AmD Tuning team-mate Tordoff for fourth with Tom Oliphant a close-run sixth.

The Toyota Corolla of Tom Ingram was seventh, with a battered Ashley Sutton claiming eighth late-on.

Sutton had started 13th in his Subaru Levorg and made swift progress through the pack, but while battling Jason Plato for eighth at Island Bend, Ingram knocked Sutton wide.

With Plato on his outside they touched and Sutton took to the grass and dropped to 10th.

In a bid to recover he clattered into the back of Adam Morgan under braking and the suspension damage proved to be terminal for the Mercedes A-Class.

Sutton turned in an incisive overtake under braking for the hairpin to depose Plato on the penultimate lap.

After an engine problem in qualifying, Josh Cook - second in the points ahead of the race - made progress from 22nd to 18th.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell retired when his Audi S3 overheated - he had run over the grass and clogged the radiator in a scrap with Rob Smith.

Results - 18 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 29m34.083s
2 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 2.021s
3 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 2.731s
4 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 7.222s
5 Sam Tordoff AmD Tuning Honda 7.613s
6 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 8.109s
7 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 8.957s
8 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 9.612s
9 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 10.654s
10 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 12.293s
11 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 12.783s
12 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 13.862s
13 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 15.696s
14 Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 16.147s
15 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 16.390s
16 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 17.173s
17 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 18.631s
18 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 19.607s
19 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 20.358s
20 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 21.070s
21 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 21.655s
22 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 22.031s
23 Nicolas Hamilton Motorbase Performance Ford 22.912s
24 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 23.172s
25 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 25.053s
26 Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 32.739s
27 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 34.816s
- Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi Retirement
- Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes Retirement
- Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Colin Turkington 165
2 Ash Sutton 138
3 Andrew Jordan 132
4 Josh Cook 132
5 Rory Butcher 126
6 Tom Chilton 115
7 Dan Cammish 115
8 Matt Neal 115
9 Tom Ingram 105
10 Jason Plato 100
11 Jake Hill 64
12 Tom Oliphant 61
13 Adam Morgan 58
14 Stephen Jelley 53
15 Rob Collard 51
16 Sam Tordoff 50
17 Chris Smiley 48
18 Aiden Moffat 39
19 Senna Proctor 19
20 Bobby Thompson 17
21 Ollie Jackson 16
22 Jack Goff 12
23 Michael Crees 4
24 Mark Blundell 2
25 Carl Boardley 2
26 Matt Simpson 1

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