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BTCC Oulton Park: Turkington takes points lead with first 2018 win

Colin Turkington took his first win of the British Touring Car Championship season at Oulton Park to leap into the points lead in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport

The double champion had to climb from an initial fourth place but overhauled early leader Tom Chilton (Motorbase Ford Focus) at the end of lap five and power clear to an untroubled victory.

Chilton's car, which was saddled with 66kg of success ballast after finishing second in the opening race, soon fell prey to a charging Matt Neal in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R.

He surged into second place on lap eight, but was already three seconds behind Turkington.

Neal kept the heat on Turkington in the latter part of the race to see if he could make his rival overcook his tyres, but he was unable to.

Turkington said: "I sensed pretty early on that I had a race-winning car underneath me, so I just got on with it. It felt pretty good out there when I was in the groove."

Chilton held on to third with the weight on his car to record his second podium of the weekend as he fended off Andrew Jordan's WSR BMW 125i M Sport.

James Cole (Motorbase Performance Ford Focus) had headed team-mate Sam Tordoff until the latter's machine caught fire and dropped out after 11 laps.

That handed sixth place to Rob Collard (WSR BMW), who finished ahead of HMS Racing Alfa Romeo driver Rob Austin - who was drawn on pole for Sunday afternoon's reversed-grid third race.

Race one winner Matt Simpson should have started from pole position, but his car was withdrawn just moments before the start of the race as a problem was detected in the engine of his Eurotech Racing-run Honda Civic Type R.

Puffs of smoke had emanated from the car on his run to victory in race one and investigations by the team uncovered a serious problem.

The team started performing an engine change and aims to have the car running again in time for race three.

Result - 15 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 22m04.333s
2 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 5.372s
3 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 7.800s
4 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 8.598s
5 James Cole Motorbase Ford 13.121s
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 13.347s
7 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 15.304s
8 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 18.205s
9 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 18.308s
10 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 18.493s
11 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 18.582s
12 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 18.922s
13 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 19.497s
14 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 19.798s
15 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 21.984s
16 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 22.438s
17 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 23.292s
18 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 24.115s
19 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 24.959s
20 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 25.854s
21 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 27.549s
22 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 30.056s
23 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 34.586s
24 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 38.931s
25 Tom Boardman AmD Tuning MG 39.965s
26 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 2 Laps
- Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement
- Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi Retirement
- Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford Retirement
- Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW Retirement
- Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes Retirement
- Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda Not started


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