Knockhill BTCC: Tom Chilton becomes record 14th winner of 2018

Tom Chilton became the record breaking 14th different winner of the British Touring Car Championship season when he claimed the final race of the weekend at Knockhill

Knockhill BTCC: Tom Chilton becomes record 14th winner of 2018

Chilton started his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus from pole position on the reversed-grid line-up, with Adam Morgan's Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class alongside him.

Chilton made a superb start to head into Duffus Dip first ahead of his rival, with Colin Turkington (WSR BMW 125i M Sport) and Dan Cammish in the works Team Dynamics Honda Civic following.

Following a brief early-race safety car to clear up debris on the circuit after contact between Matt Simpson's Simpson Racing Honda Civic and Mike Bushell's Team Hard Volkswagen CC, Chilton controlled the restart and was able to scamper clear as Turkington set about unseating Morgan from second.

Turkington managed it on lap 15 of the 27 by outdragging his rival away from the hairpin, and he set about carving into Chilton's 2.7-second advantage.

He narrowed it to a few tenths of a second, but Chilton held firm for the victory.

"It was a brilliant race," said Chilton, whose last BTCC win had been in 2011.

"I could see that there was no more rain coming, so I was protecting my tyres early on so I would have something left at the end.

"My engineer came on the radio to tell me Colin was catching, but I told him 'I do have eyes'! I could see him coming, but I had enough in hand."

Turkington said that he was pleased to bank the points, which have given him a 43-point advantage in the standings with six races remaining.

"I could have tried for the win, but the risk would have been too much," said the Northern Irishman.

"I was not going to do something to lose the points I had. I was faster coming out of the hairpin and he was faster in the other places, so it was always going to be tough."

The final spot on the podium was taken by Andrew Jordan, who overhauled the tyre-hampered Morgan with seven laps to go.

"I think I had used my rear tyres too much trying to get ahead of Morgan, and I was unable to make any progress after that, but I am happy with my weekend in terms of points," he said.

Morgan held on to fourth ahead of Sam Tordoff and Josh Cook.

The first two across the line in race two, Subaru racer Ash Sutton and the Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram, were forced to start from the back row after failing a ride height check. Sutton had 75kg of ballast and Ingram had 66kg.

Sutton blasted through the field to eighth at the flag, while Ingram finished just outside the points in 16th.

Race three results

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 27 27m39.687s
2 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 27 0.948s
3 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 27 6.332s
4 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 27 10.899s
5 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 27 11.112s
6 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 27 11.590s
7 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 27 12.075s
8 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 27 15.266s
9 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 27 16.153s
10 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 27 16.446s
11 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 27 17.016s
12 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 27 17.533s
13 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 27 18.607s
14 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 27 19.057s
15 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 27 21.412s
16 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 27 25.592s
17 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 27 26.595s
18 Glynn Geddie AmD Tuning MG 27 27.150s
19 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 27 27.210s
20 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 27 27.600s
21 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 27 28.149s
22 James Cole Motorbase Ford 27 31.206s
23 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 27 34.540s
24 Ricky Collard WSR BMW 26 1 Lap
25 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 25 2 Laps
- Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 21 Retirement
- Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 20 Retirement
- Ollie Pidgley Team Hard Volkswagen 19 Retirement
- Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 7 Retirement
- Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 2 Retirement
- Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 2 Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Colin Turkington 269
2 Tom Ingram 226
3 Ash Sutton 218
4 Andrew Jordan 210
5 Josh Cook 205
6 Tom Chilton 204
7 Adam Morgan 200
8 Jack Goff 192
9 Matt Neal 177
10 Dan Cammish 161
11 Sam Tordoff 144
12 Chris Smiley 143
13 Senna Proctor 130
14 Matt Simpson 98
15 Rory Butcher 95
16 Rob Collard 86
17 Rob Austin 84
18 Daniel Lloyd 67
19 Aiden Moffat 65
20 James Cole 59
21 Ollie Jackson 54
22 Mike Bushell 49
23 Tom Oliphant 47
24 Brett Smith 46
25 Jake Hill 29
26 Jason Plato 26
27 Bobby Thompson 23
28 Tom Boardman 14
29 Ricky Collard 9
30 Ant Whorton-Eales 6
31 James Nash 6
32 Stephen Jelley 4
33 Glynn Geddie 1


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