BTCC Snetterton: Colin Turkington wins chaotic second race

British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington made it two victories from two at Snetterton after a chaotic second race

BTCC Snetterton: Colin Turkington wins chaotic second race

The Team BMR ace became the second driver this season - after team-mate Jason Plato's double at Oulton Park - to win races one and two on the same day with a faultless drive in his Volkswagen CC.

Turkington was aided by fellow front-row starter Sam Tordoff getting away very poorly in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport, which dropped him from second to fourth behind Adam Morgan and Andy Priaulx.

That was nothing compared to the chaos behind. Rob Collard, Barry Horne and Stewart Lines went off at Riches, while the two Eurotech Hondas of Jeff Smith and Martin Depper hit each other and Warren Scott.

But the most significant exit was Gordon Shedden's. The erstwhile championship leader was pitched into the barriers on the run to Hamilton by Honda team-mate Matt Neal as the pack bunched up halfway round the opening lap.

As Shedden crawled back to the pits with heavy damage to the rear of his Civic Type-R, on the next lap Neal was on the receiving end of contact from Rob Austin's Audi at Montreal.

The three-time champion would retire at mid-distance after being shown a mechanical warning flag for the damage his Civic sustained in both clashes.

Further round the second lap, Aron Smith and Dave Newsham collided at Hamilton, putting both out of the race.

Newsham's Power Maxed Racing team-mate Josh Cook was the next to exit, pitting his Chevrolet Cruze to repair a puncture while running 10th.

The frontrunning positions were unaffected by the early frenzy, with Turkington, Morgan, Priaulx, Tordoff and Jason Plato making up the lead group and opening up a gap back to the MG of Jack Goff behind.

Turkington gradually edged clear, as Priaulx hounded Morgan for second. The three-time world champion eventually got slightly out of shape at Oggies, which delayed team-mate Tordoff and allowed Plato to pass him for fourth at Williams.

Morgan expertly fended off Priaulx for the duration and while Tordoff came back at old MG team-mate Plato at the end, the order remained unchanged to the flag.

Further back, Goff and MG team-mate Andrew Jordan claimed sixth and seventh after two very different races.

While Goff had a lonely run to complete the top six (and subsequently earned reversed-grid pole for race three), Jordan had his mirrors full of Tom Ingram's soft-shod Toyota Avensis all race.

Ingram suffered late heartbreak when his Speedworks car picked up a puncture at the end of the penultimate lap, and he dropped out of the points entirely.

Through all of that, Mat Jackson came through to eighth in his Motorbase Ford Focus, with Austin surviving his early clash with Neal to bag ninth and Mike Bushell securing the best result of his rookie campaign in 10th.

Horne, a late substitute for Alex Martin in the Team Parker Racing Ford Focus, scored the team's first points in the BTCC after finishing 13th despite his early trip off-track at Riches.

RACE TWO RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 12 23m51.149s
2 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 12 3.140s
3 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 12 3.320s
4 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 12 3.502s
5 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 12 3.757s
6 Jack Goff MG MG 12 5.280s
7 Andrew Jordan MG MG 12 14.236s
8 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 12 21.381s
9 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 12 24.378s
10 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 12 25.172s
11 James Cole Motorbase Ford 12 28.777s
12 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 12 32.120s
13 Barry Horne Team Parker Ford 12 42.334s
14 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota 12 42.939s
15 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 12 43.814s
16 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 12 1m20.842s
17 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 12 1m25.093s
18 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 11 1 Lap
- Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 11 Retirement
- Rob Collard WSR BMW 9 Not classified
- Matt Neal Honda Honda 5 Retirement
- Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 1 Retirement
- Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 1 Retirement
- Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 0 Retirement
- Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota 0 Retirement
- Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 0 Retirement
- Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 0 Retirement
- Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 0 Retirement

RACE THREE GRID

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Jack Goff MG MG
2 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW
3 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen
4 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW
5 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes
6 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen
7 Andrew Jordan MG MG
8 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford
9 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi
10 Mike Bushell AmD Ford
11 James Cole Motorbase Ford
12 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi
13 Barry Horne Team Parker Ford
14 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota
15 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti
16 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi
17 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet
18 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda
19 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota
20 Rob Collard WSR BMW
21 Matt Neal Honda Honda
22 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet
23 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen
24 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen
25 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota
26 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda
27 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda
28 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota

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