BTCC Snetterton: Turkington keeps hold of win after stewards probe

Colin Turkington scored his third British Touring Car Championship win of 2016 after being cleared of any wrongdoing by officials, who had investigated the Team BMR driver's start

BTCC Snetterton: Turkington keeps hold of win after stewards probe

The Northern Irishman started second on the grid and pursued pole man, Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R driver Gordon Shedden, into the opening corner.

The pair set off on a great fight with Honda man Shedden hugging the inside line to try and maintain his advantage.

Turkington took until lap eight to unseat the Civic by getting a stronger exit from the Agostini hairpin.

He was then able to pull away at ease in his Subaru Levorg and eventually crossed the line 2.7 seconds clear of the Scotsman.

Turkington's fast start was then looked at by officials, who later cleared him of jumping the start.

"That is a result I didn't expect today," said Turkington. "I could seen Gordon was struggling and it was getting worse and worse each lap.

"I hammered him while I could and then he ran a little while at the hairpin and I got the switchback.

"I am pretty sure I was OK at the start, but we will wait and see."

Behind them, Mat Jackson was well in touch in the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, as the team celebrated its 300th race in the category.

Third-place starter Adam Morgan had been jumped away from the start line in his Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class by Ash Sutton's MG, but the order was restored after three laps and Morgan came home in fourth.

Sutton and MG team-mate Josh Cook, who was also running well inside the top 10, both suffered punctures on their front left tyres, which ruled them out of contention.

That allowed Jason Plato to finish in fifth place in the second Team BMR Subaru home. He has battled hard to unseat Tom Ingram's Toyota Avensis ahead of him and succeeded with a strong move around the outside of the Agostini hairpin on lap 11.

Ingram was sixth, ahead of championship leader Sam Tordoff's WSR BMW 125i M Sport. He was followed by Matt Neal's Honda and the other two Subarus of team principal Warren Scott and James Cole.

Andrew Jordan, who had started at the very back of the grid in his Motorbase Focus after a power steering problem in qualifying, climbed to 14th despite being pushed on to the grass on lap one.

He finished two places in front of Rob Collard's BMW, who was second in the points coming in to the event.

RESULT - 12 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 23m46.178s
2 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 2.771s
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 4.042s
4 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 5.400s
5 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 6.880s
6 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 8.994s
7 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 9.607s
8 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 10.172s
9 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 11.160s
10 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 12.647s
11 Jack Goff WSR BMW 12.876s
12 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 13.441s
13 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 14.393s
14 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 15.137s
15 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 15.817s
16 Rob Collard WSR BMW 22.488s
17 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 25.276s
18 Michael Caine Team Hard Toyota 27.669s
19 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 30.768s
20 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 43.162s
21 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 45.929s
22 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 46.136s
23 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m12.850s
24 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 1m16.003s
25 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 1m21.015s
26 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m21.617s
- Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Retirement
- Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda Retirement
- Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda Retirement
- Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford Retirement
- Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen Retirement


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