Croft BTCC: Collard wins after Plato and Turkington Subarus collide

Rob Collard won the second British Touring Car Championship race at Croft after Subaru team-mates Jason Plato and Colin Turkington clashed while dicing for the lead

Croft BTCC: Collard wins after Plato and Turkington Subarus collide

Rob Collard won the second British Touring Car Championship race at Croft after Subaru team-mates Jason Plato and Colin Turkington clashed while dicing for the lead.

The Team BMR-run Levorgs had looked set to repeat their earlier one-two finish after settling into the top two positions when the lights went out, with Plato taking the lead from Turkington into Clervaux for the first time.

The pair ran together at the front through to the fifth of 16 laps when Turkington moved ahead on the run to Tower, but it would all go wrong three laps later when Plato attempted to retake the position going into the same corner.

Contact left Turkington sideways and Plato had to back off, opening the pair up to attack from behind.

While Jack Goff in third was forced to jump on the brakes to avoid running into the rear of Turkington's car, fourth-placed Collard made his move up the inside on the exit of the corner to sweep into the lead into the Jim Clark esses and then edged away to secure his second victory of the season; taking his 50th BTCC podium in the process.

Plato and Turkington followed behind to ensure BMR could at least celebrate another double podium with Goff taking fourth as rear-wheel drive cars locked out the top four positions.

As in race one, the MG of Ashley Sutton would be best of the rest, the rookie driver the top runner on the hard compound tyre ahead of Mat Jackson's Ford Focus and the Toyota of Tom Ingram.

Having been forced into an engine change after race one, Sam Tordoff produced a battling drive through to eighth place - which included running into the rear of Ingram as the pair came out of the final hairpin for the last time.

The result was good enough to move Tordoff back into the points lead, while he will also start race three from pole position after TT star John McGuiness drew eight on the reverse grid draw.

Andrew Jordan, who was only able to take part in the race after Motorbase completed a gearbox change with seconds to spare, and Matt Neal rounded out the top 10.

RESULTS - 16 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Rob Collard WSR BMW 23m59.017s
2 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 2.341s
3 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 5.152s
4 Jack Goff WSR BMW 7.038s
5 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 12.363s
6 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 15.335s
7 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 15.815s
8 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 16.062s
9 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 17.782s
10 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 18.117s
11 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 18.715s
12 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 19.489s
13 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 20.447s
14 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 26.371s
15 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 30.794s
16 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 35.166s
17 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 36.961s
18 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 39.323s
19 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 40.350s
20 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 41.919s
21 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 42.122s
22 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 46.511s
23 Daniel Lloyd Eurotech Racing Honda 49.851s
24 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 50.879s
25 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 51.621s
26 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 59.090s
27 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 1m06.051s
28 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 1m10.388s
- Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton Retirement
- Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota Retirement
- Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes Retirement
- James Cole Team BMR Subaru Retirement

RACE THREE GRID

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW
2 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford
4 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG
5 Jack Goff WSR BMW
6 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru
7 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru
8 Rob Collard WSR BMW
9 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford
10 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda
11 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen
12 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota
13 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda
14 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG
15 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi
16 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda
17 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes
18 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda
19 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet
20 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota
21 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford
22 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet
23 Daniel Lloyd Eurotech Racing Honda
24 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota
25 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford
26 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru
27 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen
28 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda
29 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton
30 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota
31 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes
32 James Cole Team BMR Subaru


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