BTCC Oulton Park: Collard leads WSR podium lock-out in finale

Rob Collard led home a WSR BMW 125i M Sport 1-2-3 in the final race of the day in the British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park

BTCC Oulton Park: Collard leads WSR podium lock-out in finale

Collard started on the front row for the reversed grid race alongside polesitter Rob Austin (HMS Racing Alfa Romeo), but the race was halted after a four-car pile-up away from the line at the first time of asking.

Tom Oliphant's Ciceley Mercedes, Rory Butcher's AmD MG and the two BTC Norlin Honda Civic Type R drivers Chris Smiley and Dan Lloyd were all involved and taken to the medical centre for checks, but were unharmed.

On the restart, Collard once again beat Austin to the apex of Old Hall while Andrew Jordan muscled his BMW ahead of James Cole's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus on the dash to the first turn.

At half-distance Turkington moved into fourth place with a superb move on the inside of Cole, and set off after Jordan.

The top positions remained unchanged until three laps to go, when second-placed Austin slowed with a suspected driveshaft problem that forced him into the pits.

That sealed the top three spots for WSR, with Jack Goff (Eurotech Racing Honda Civic), who had followed Turkington up the order, in fourth place.

"That is a really good feeling," said Collard, who took his first win of the year.

"I knew it would be all about the start and I was gutted when the red flag came out. I had to do it all over again, but it worked second time around too.

"After that, it was all about getting my head down and trying to pull as much of a gap as I could, and the race really came to me."

Adam Morgan (Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class) powered from 11th on the grid up to fifth place to mark his best race of the weekend, and he was shadowed by the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram.

After running strongly initially, Motorbase Performance Ford Focus racer Tom Chilton was muscled back to seventh, and he fended off the charging Mike Bushell.

At the foot of the top 10, Jake Hill finished ninth on the road but has subsequently had one second added to his race time for hitting James Cole (finished 10th) on the last lap. This reverses their finishing positions.

Result - 12 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Rob Collard WSR BMW 17m38.471s
2 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 3.881s
3 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 7.647s
4 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 9.333s
5 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 13.385s
6 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 15.374s
7 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 16.360s
8 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 16.786s
9 James Cole Motorbase Ford 18.153s
10 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 18.403s
11 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 18.910s
12 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 18.974s
13 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 19.206s
14 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 19.559s
15 Tom Boardman AmD Tuning MG 21.584s
16 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 21.944s
17 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 25.031s
18 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 26.111s
19 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 41.924s
20 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 42.622s
21 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m21.197s
22 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 1 Lap
- Josh Price Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Retirement
- Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda Retirement
- Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG Retirement
- Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes Retirement
- Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen Not started
- Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda Retirement
- Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda Not started
- Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford Not started


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