Donington Park BTCC: Colin Turkington wins for WSR BMW again

Defending British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington earned another controlled win in the second race at Donington Park, as Matt Neal made a late rise to second

Donington Park BTCC: Colin Turkington wins for WSR BMW again

After his race one success, Turkington has already doubled his tally of wins over his successful 2018 campaign courtesy of two well-executed safety car restarts.

The WSR BMW 330i M Sport driving polesitter made a great start to lead into Redgate as a sluggish run for Ashley Sutton from second on the grid left his BMR Subaru open to attack.

Turkington's team-mate Tom Oliphant's good launch took him past the Levorg driver but Sutton responded with an incisive move down the inside of Oliphant at the Old Hairpin to regain the place.

That allowed Turkington to stretch an early lead of eight tenths of a second as a delayed Oliphant held back Neal and his Team Dynamics stablemate Dan Cammish - who was then handed a drivethrough penalty for being out of place at the start.

The race was neutralised by a safety car when ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell ran into the back of MG6 driver Sam Osborne to send them both across the grass and into the gravel at the chicane.

Turkington made a characteristic early restart, overcoming his maximum 54kg load of success ballast to pull sixth tenths on Sutton by the startline.

After initially struggling following his contact with Sutton, Oliphant emerged stronger after the pause and was able to challenge the 2017 champion.

But an attempted pass at McLeans sent him wide on the grass, giving Neal and Motorbase's Tom Chilton a free positon.

While Sutton had fallen back and had to defend from Oliphant, Turkington was more than two seconds to the good when another safety car was called.

BTC Racing's Chris Smiley suffered suspension failure on his Honda Civic Type R heading down the Craners and he ended up in the gravel at Old Hairpin.

Again Turkington made an early run and, with the BMW's strong straightline speed, gained 0.5s on Sutton at the restart and from there he again found a two second advantage, which he held to the flag.

Neal marked the 20th anniversary of his £250,000 first BTCC win by passing Sutton late on for second as Chilton completed the podium from Rory Butcher.

Despite starting 24th after a race one collision with Sam Tordoff, without ballast and on soft tyres Josh Cook enjoyed a rise up the order.

But an ambitious run up the inside of Oliphant into Redgate spun the BMW driver and dropped Cook behind the Vauxhall Astras of Jason Plato and Rob Collard.

Jake Hill was another climber, having started last and finished ninth in his Audi S3 ahead of Speedworks driver Tom Ingram - who was then drawn on reverse grid pole for race three.

After suffering a big crash in race one, Morgan's hastily repaired Mercedes A-Class crossed the line 12th ahead of Cammish.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 19 27m00.899s
2 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 19 2.151s
3 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 19 2.528s
4 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 19 2.825s
5 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 19 3.061s
6 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 19 4.326s
7 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 19 7.110s
8 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 19 7.338s
9 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 19 7.925s
10 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 19 9.475s
11 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 19 10.062s
12 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 19 10.717s
13 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 19 11.415s
14 Sam Tordoff AmD Tuning Honda 19 11.565s
15 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 19 12.641s
16 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 19 14.580s
17 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 19 16.190s
18 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 19 18.343s
19 Nicolas Hamilton Motorbase Performance Ford 19 18.779s
20 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 18 1 Lap
21 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 17 2 Laps
- Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 16 Retirement
- Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 14 Retirement
- Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 12 Retirement
- Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 11 Retirement
- Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 10 Retirement
- Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 9 Retirement
- Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 2 Retirement
- Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 1 Retirement

Race three starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota
2 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi
3 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda
4 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall
5 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall
6 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda
7 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford
8 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru
9 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda
10 Colin Turkington WSR BMW
11 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford
12 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes
13 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda
14 Sam Tordoff AmD Tuning Honda
15 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen
16 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen
17 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW
18 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG
19 Nicolas Hamilton Motorbase Performance Ford
20 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru
21 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes
22 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda
23 Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen
24 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes
25 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda
26 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW
27 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen
28 Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG
29 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi


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