Knockhill BTCC: Colin Turkington dominates race one

Colin Turkington dominated the opening British Touring Car Championship round at Knockhill to bring his WSR-run BMW 1 Series home more than three seconds clear of the field

Knockhill BTCC: Colin Turkington dominates race one

The Northern Irishman assumed the lead during an audacious three-wide overtaking move into the hairpin at the end of the second lap and he did not look back.

He held firm despite a mid-race safety car period to claim his fourth win of the season and his first ever at the Fife circuit.

With the BMW clear, attention centred around the fight for second position as Gordon Shedden's works Honda battled with the soft-tyred Audi A4 of polesitter Rob Austin.

The Honda pulled clear initially but Austin's car came on strong again over the closing stages to finish on the bootlid of the Civic.

Further back, Ciceley Racing Toyota Avensis driver Adam Morgan had one of his strongest races of the season. He unseated both the works Honda of Matt Neal and the MG of Jason Plato to secure fourth place. He was closing in on the battle for second position at the flag.

Plato came home in fifth despite two nudges - the first involving Neal and the second with Morgan - ahead of Rob Collard's WSR BMW.

Neal was seventh from Andrew Jordan's Eurotech Honda Civic.

The mid-race safety car period, which lasted for five laps, was caused when Paul O'Neill hit the barriers on the exit of the hairpin on lap nine after a clash with Nick Foster's WSR BMW.

In the Jack Sears Trophy, Liam Griffin lifted the spoils in his Ford Focus after fending off Lea Wood's Vauxhall Vectra to the flag.

Results - 27 laps:

Pos  Driver            Team/Car               Time/Gap
 1.  Colin Turkington  WSR BMW              26m41.180s
 2.  Gordon Shedden    Honda                   +3.452s
 3.  Rob Austin        Austin Audi             +4.229s
 4.  Adam Morgan       Ciceley Toyota          +4.864s
 5.  Jason Plato       MG                      +6.867s
 6.  Rob Collard       WSR BMW                 +7.939s
 7.  Matt Neal         Honda                  +11.386s
 8.  Andrew Jordan     Eurotech Honda         +11.510s
 9.  Sam Tordoff       MG                     +15.183s
10.  Aron Smith        Motorbase Ford         +17.975s
11.  Dave Newsham      Speedworks Toyota      +18.300s
12.  Mat Jackson       Motorbase Ford         +20.125s
13.  Tom Onslow-Cole   Hard VW                +20.631s
14.  Frank Wrathall    Dynojet Toyota         +23.044s
15.  Ollie Jackson     Speedworks Toyota      +24.715s
16.  Nick Foster       WSR BMW                +25.233s
17.  Liam Griffin      Motorbase Ford         +36.607s*
18.  Mike Bushell      IP Chevrolet           +36.846s
19.  Lea Wood          Wood Vauxhall          +37.428s*
20.  Will Bratt        Austin Audi              +1 lap
21.  Aiden Moffat      Finesse Chevrolet        +1 lap*
22.  Kieran Gallagher  Hard Vauxhall           +2 laps

Retirements:

     David Nye         Welch Ford              26 laps*
     Daniel Welch      Welch Proton            25 laps
     Paul O'Neill      Hard Vauxhall            7 laps
     Warren Scott      BMR VW                   0 laps

* S2000
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