BTCC Silverstone: Hill repays the favour on Butcher to win Race 2

Jake Hill moved himself to just two points off the British Touring Car Championship points lead by defeating Rory Butcher in the second race at Silverstone.

BTCC Silverstone: Hill repays the favour on Butcher to win Race 2

Once again, Butcher made the most of his front-wheel-drive Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla GR Sport warming up its front tyres quicker than the rear-driven BMWs can get heat into their Goodyears, and he was 1.211 seconds in front by the end of the opening lap.

This time, it was his brother-in-law Gordon Shedden who had stolen into second place, the Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R making an inspired dive inside the BMWs of Hill and Morgan into Brooklands on the opening lap.

Hill claimed second place from Shedden on the fourth lap, and at this point he was 1.320s adrift of the leading Toyota.

By the following tour he had eroded this to under a second, and then the safety car emerged due to Dexter Patterson’s Laser Tools Racing Infiniti getting shunted into the gravel on the exit of Luffield.

Three laps after the restart, Hill forced Butcher to defend into Brooklands and then into Luffield – Hill then got a cutback on the exit and was able to complete the move into Copse as the West Surrey Racing BMW 330e M Sport sailed into the lead.

Hill had built his advantage up to almost 1.5s when the safety car emerged again, after Ricky Collard, who had been running ninth in the second of the Speedworks Toyotas, pulled off into the Copse gravel trap with a fire under the bonnet.

Colin Turkington, Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport

Colin Turkington, Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport

Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

Hill caught Butcher napping on the restart with five laps remaining, nailing it on the entry to Brooklands so that he was over 1s ahead as they crossed the timing line.

As he had done before the second safety car, Butcher had to defend with all his might from Shedden to win the all-Scottish fight for second, and finished 2.092s adrift of the victorious Hill.

“It’s just such a nice feeling,” said Hill. “I was so cautious coming into this weekend, because I didn’t think the car would be where we wanted it to be pace-wise.

“Craig [Porley, Hill’s engineer who is suffering pneumonia] continues to send his support from his hospital bed, and I’m so grateful to the whole team.

“I really love racing Rory – he’s always really good to me and vice versa.”

Points leader Ash Sutton and title rival Tom Ingram made it a four-way scrap for second in the second half of the race.

Ingram’s Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N frequently nibbled at the rear bumper of Sutton’s Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, but there was no way through.

Morgan came home sixth ahead of the second Motorbase Ford of Dan Cammish, while Josh Cook brought his BTC Racing Honda to the finish in eighth place and was drawn on reversed-grid pole.

Rounding out the top 10 were the Team Hard Cupras of Bobby Thompson and Aron Taylor-Smith.

Pre-weekend points leader Colin Turkington claimed 13th from 27th on the grid in his WSR BMW, and has dropped to fourth in the rankings.

Sutton now leads by two points from Hill, 11 from Ingram and 14 from Turkington.

BTCC Silverstone - Race 2 Results

 Cla   Driver   Car / Engine   Laps   Time   Gap 
1 Jake Hill BMW 25 27'09.022  
2 Rory Butcher Toyota/TOCA 25 27'11.114 2.092
3 Gordon Shedden Honda 25 27'11.474 2.452
4 Ash Sutton Ford 25 27'11.908 2.886
5 Tom Ingram Hyundai 25 27'12.100 3.078
6 Adam Morgan BMW 25 27'12.434 3.412
7 Dan Cammish Ford 25 27'13.211 4.189
8 Josh Cook Honda/TOCA 25 27'13.890 4.868
9 Bobby Thompson Cupra/TOCA 25 27'14.919 5.897
10 Árón T.-Smith Cupra/TOCA 25 27'15.890 6.868
11 Ollie Jackson Ford 25 27'17.140 8.118
12 Tom Chilton Hyundai 25 27'17.471 8.449
13 Colin Turkington BMW 25 27'17.625 8.603
14 Stephen Jelley BMW 25 27'17.947 8.925
15 Dan Lloyd Hyundai 25 27'18.022 9.000
16 Aiden Moffat Infiniti/TOCA 25 27'20.834 11.812
17 Jason Plato Honda/TOCA 25 27'22.002 12.980
18 Dan Rowbottom Honda 25 27'22.661 13.639
19 Michael Crees Vauxhall/TOCA 25 27'22.907 13.885
20 George Gamble BMW 25 27'23.252 14.230
21 Ash Hand Vauxhall/TOCA 25 27'24.311 15.289
22 Jack Butel Hyundai 25 27'24.491 15.469
23 Sam Osborne Ford 25 27'25.565 16.543
24 Jade Edwards Honda/TOCA 25 27'28.167 19.145
25 Will Powell Cupra/TOCA 25 27'29.750 20.728
26 Rick Parfitt Infiniti/TOCA 25 27'31.190 22.168
 
(9) Ricky Collard Toyota/TOCA 16 16'48.081 Retirement
(28) Nicolas Hamilton Cupra/TOCA 12 13'49.364 Retirement
(24) Dexter Patterson Infiniti/TOCA 4 4'06.050 Retirement
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