Croft BTCC: Colin Turkington dominates race on as BMWs fly

Colin Turkington dominated the first British Touring Car race at Croft as the WSR NGTC BMWs underlined their pace

Croft BTCC: Colin Turkington dominates race on as BMWs fly

Turkington made an average start from pole but held the lead from Matt Neal's Honda, while the WSR BMW of Rob Collard shot through from row three to challenge Jason Plato for third.

Contact between Collard and the MG spun the BMW around, allowing Turkington and Neal to make a break.

Plato appeared to struggle for pace and Gordon Shedden overtook him for third when the MG ran wide at Tower on lap two.

Shedden closed in on Neal and the two works Hondas then ran in formation to the flag.

Despite running on the soft tyres, Turkington kept his pace up and eventually finished almost 10 seconds clear, while team-mate Nick Foster (also on softs) shot through from 12th. He passed Plato at Hawthorn with four laps to go to take a fine fourth.

Andrew Jordan completed the top six after forcing his way back by a fast-starting Sam Tordoff, who brought his MG home in seventh.

After strong drives through the field, Michael Caine (Motorbase Ford Focus) and the recovering Collard both overcame Tom Onslow-Cole on the final tour to take eighth and ninth.

BTCC debutant Jake Hill won the Jack Sears Trophy for S2000 cars in the Motorbase Focus normally raced by Liam Griffin.

Results - 15 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Colin Turkington WSR BMW 21m46.663s 2. Matt Neal Honda +9.334s 3. Gordon Shedden Honda +9.552s 4. Nick Foster WSR BMW +12.819s 5. Jason Plato MG +18.580s 6. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda +20.810s 7. Sam Tordoff MG +27.961s 8. Michael Caine Motorbase Ford +34.881s 9. Rob Collard WSR BMW +35.040s 10. Tom Onslow-Cole Hard VW +36.178s 11. Adam Morgan Ciceley Toyota +36.640s 12. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda +36.943s 13. Rob Austin Austin Audi +38.686s 14. Aron Smith Motorbase Ford +41.608s 15. Will Bratt Austin Audi +45.050s 16. Jack Goff Hard Vauxhall +56.267s 17. Daniel Welch Welch Proton +58.775s 18. Jake Hill Motorbase Ford +1m00.819s 19. James Cole Hard Vauxhall +1m02.934s 20. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota +1m08.478s 21. David Nye Welch Ford +1m10.053s 22. Lea Wood Wood Vauxhall +1m24.724s Retirements: Dave Newsham Speedworks Toyota 6 laps Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 5 laps Ollie Jackson Speedworks Toyota 3 laps James Kaye AmD VW 3 laps Joe Girling Finesse Chevrolet 0 laps Warren Scott BMR SEAT 0 laps 
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