BTCC Snetterton: Colin Turkington takes dominant race one win

Colin Turkington took a dominant second win of his British Touring Car Championship defence with victory in the opening race at Snetterton

BTCC Snetterton: Colin Turkington takes dominant race one win

The 2014 champion led from pole and used his soft-compound Dunlops to build an early two-second lead over BMR team-mates Aron Smith and Jason Plato.

Turkington bagged fastest lap - and pole for race two - in the process, and managed that gap with ease until the end.

Behind, Smith kept Plato at arm's length as the two Volksagen CCs circulated never more than a second apart, though Plato's attentions were taken up by Andrew Jordan's MG in the closing stages.

Plato, who like Smith will run the softer tyres in race two, was handed a final-lap reprieve when Triple Eight man Jordan had to focus on defending fourth from Andy Priaulx, who put on a late charge in his WSR BMW.

With soft tyres on the 125i M Sport three-time world champion Priaulx had to defend sixth in the early stages, before passing Matt Neal's Honda for fifth at Coram just after the halfway mark.

Priaulx managed his softs perfectly and was a second quicker per lap than any other driver in the closing stages, slashing a three-second gap to Jordan and putting him under pressure on the final lap - though he had to settle for fifth behind the MG.

Neal kept sixth ahead of Adam Morgan, up from outside the top 10 after running well with soft tyres on his Mercedes A-Class and earning third on the race two grid in the process.

Croft race winner Sam Tordoff finished 11th, running the soft tyres in race one to try to grab a strong starting position for race two, a tactic that was rewarded with the second-fastest race lap.

Erstwhile championship leader Gordon Shedden's similar tactic was not as successful.

The Honda driver will start 11th, having wound up 14th in the opener after fading on his soft tyres, though he has at least shed the 75kg success ballast he had to carry in the process.

RACE ONE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 12 23m46.381s
2 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 12 1.706s
3 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 12 2.651s
4 Andrew Jordan MG MG 12 3.442s
5 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 12 3.732s
6 Matt Neal Honda Honda 12 8.340s
7 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 12 9.372s
8 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 12 9.848s
9 Jack Goff MG MG 12 10.045s
10 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 12 11.206s
11 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 12 15.928s
12 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 12 18.271s
13 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 12 18.322s
14 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 12 23.640s
15 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 12 24.482s
16 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 12 24.919s
17 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 12 25.357s
18 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 12 25.603s
19 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota 12 29.191s
20 Barry Horne Team Parker Ford 12 29.855s
21 James Cole Motorbase Ford 12 31.690s
22 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 12 42.713s
23 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota 12 1m06.737s
24 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 12 1m17.497s
25 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 12 2m08.449s
26 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 11 1 Lap
- Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 9 Retirement
- Rob Collard WSR BMW 0 Retirement
- Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 0 Withdrawn

RACE TWO GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 1m56.921s
2 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 0.183s
3 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.281s
4 Jack Goff MG MG 0.409s
5 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 0.435s
6 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 0.461s
7 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 0.538s
8 Andrew Jordan MG MG 0.649s
9 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.687s
10 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 0.726s
11 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 0.793s
12 Matt Neal Honda Honda 0.830s
13 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 0.881s
14 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 0.901s
15 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1.071s
16 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 1.142s
17 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1.168s
18 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 1.284s
19 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 1.370s
20 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 1.588s
21 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota 2.174s
22 Barry Horne Team Parker Ford 2.253s
23 James Cole Motorbase Ford 2.312s
24 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 3.250s
25 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 3.512s
26 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota 4.473s
27 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 4.116s
28 Rob Collard WSR BMW -


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