BTCC Oulton Park: Hill wins finale after controversial Neal clash

Jake Hill took a controversial first British Touring Car Championship win after making contact with Matt Neal in the Oulton Park finale

BTCC Oulton Park: Hill wins finale after controversial Neal clash

The Audi S3 driver was drawn on pole for the partially-reversed race three grid but was forced to defend from Neal immediately as the Team Dynamics driver made the superior getaway.

UPDATE: Hill penalised for Neal clash, loses race three win

As Hill closed off the attack, it compromised Neal's line and so he then had to turn his attention to third-starting Jason Plato.

But Neal maintained the place as Hill edged ahead by three tenths at the end of the opening lap.

The three-time champion aborted a couple of lunges on Hill, but then out dragged the Audi S3 across the line.

Neal momentarily had first place at the apex of the first corner but as he moved his Honda Civic Type R across the track and back onto the racing line, Hill appeared to nudge the back of his car.

That sent Neal into a spin and tumbling down the order, with Plato and Tom Ingram also caught up in the incident.

Plato was able to rejoin, but the damage to his Vauxhall Astra caused it to lay down a film of oil on the way to Island Bend, which sent several drivers spearing off on to the grass.

Up front, Hill was left with a 5.982 second lead over Rory Butcher, who had moved up from fifth on the grid in the melee.

Butcher banged in a run of fastest laps to tear at Hill's lead - going up to 0.9s faster than Hill on each tour - and he dragged himself to the back of the Audi.

It looked set for the two AmD Tuning cars to battle it out for the win, but Butcher was caught out on the oil on the run into the hairpin as he closed to Hill's bumper.

He out braked himself and ran straight on and across the grass, which dropped him down to sixth place.

That left Hill to run home almost a second clear of Stephen Jelley in the BMW 125i M Sport.

Tom Oliphant was the highest placed WSR driver, taking his second BTCC podium this season in the 330i M Sport with third.

Butcher's team-mate Sam Tordoff climbed to fourth amid the drama, while Andrew Jordan rounded out the top five.

Behind the recovering Butcher, Josh Cook scored seventh place as Ashley Sutton and race one and two winner Colin Turkington scrapped for eighth and ninth.

It was Sutton who claimed eighth, as Turkington's nudge on Cook through Druids forced the BMW driver off line and Sutton moved by.

Aidan Moffat closed out the top 10 ahead of fellow Mercedes A-Class driver Adam Morgan and the infuriated Neal.

Result - 15 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 22m10.056s
2 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 1.114s
3 Sam Tordoff AmD Tuning Honda 2.709s
4 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 2.994s
5 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 4.510s
6 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 5.973s
7 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 6.271s
8 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 6.416s
9 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 11.323s
10 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 12.719s
11 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 16.536s
12 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 16.770s
13 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 18.331s
14 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 19.049s
15 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 22.258s
16 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 22.991s
17 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 23.643s
18 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 26.134s
19 Nicolas Hamilton Motorbase Performance Ford 27.920s
20 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 28.393s
21 Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 34.542s
22 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 37.748s
23 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 37.854s
- Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda Retirement
- Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement
- Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Retirement
- Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda Retirement
- Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Retirement
- Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen Not started
- Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG Not started

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