Silverstone BTCC: Andy Priaulx wins for WSR BMW

Andy Priaulx claimed the second win of his return British Touring Car Championship campaign with an assured drive in race two at Silverstone

Silverstone BTCC: Andy Priaulx wins for WSR BMW

BMW's three-time world champion suffered a rollbar failure in qualifying and the WSR man essentially aborted race one, focusing instead on setting a fast laptime and starting as high up the grid for the sequel as possible.

It paid dividends with a third-placed start that Priaulx turned into second by Copse, before hounding race-one winner Mat Jackson relentlessly over the opening laps.

The Motorbase Ford Focus driver held firm for the first third of the race, but eventually the 75kg he was carrying proved too much and the ballast-free 125i M Sport hit the front on lap eight.

That proved to be the race-winning pass, but it was a controversial move that involved Priaulx going all four wheels off the track and driving round the outside of Jackson on the run out of Copse.

As Priaulx eased clear to win, Jackson's attention duly turned to keeping Jack Goff's MG and the Team BMR Volkswagen CC of Aron Smith at bay for second.

He resisted initially, but shortly after mid-distance ran wide at Brooklands with a front-left puncture and had to pit for a replacement, promoting Goff and Smith to second and third.

Behind, championship leader Gordon Shedden claimed fourth after Andrew Jordan suffered a similar fate to Jackson.

The MG driver put in a measured defensive drive to stay ahead of Shedden's Honda for the entire race - until his front-left tyre let go on the final lap, dropping him to 19th.

Shedden's team-mate Matt Neal made it two Civic Type-Rs in the top five, just keeping a charging Sam Tordoff at bay.

Jason Plato came through to seventh after his Team BMR outfit changed the engine in his VW CC following race one - while team-mate Colin Turkington held on to eighth despite struggling massively with his soft tyres in the closing stages.

The punctures for Jackson and Jordan meant Rob Collard and James Cole completed the top 10 and will form the front row for race three after the reverse-grid draw.

RESULTS - 22 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 21m48.624s
2 Jack Goff MG MG 1.802s
3 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 2.791s
4 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 7.547s
5 Matt Neal Honda Honda 7.803s
6 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 7.962s
7 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 8.454s
8 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 13.402s
9 Rob Collard WSR BMW 13.848s
10 James Cole Motorbase Ford 14.109s
11 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 15.616s
12 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 21.098s
13 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 21.732s
14 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 22.006s
15 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 23.476s
16 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 24.610s
17 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 24.872s
18 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 25.699s
19 Andrew Jordan MG MG 32.219s
20 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 38.268s
21 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 39.920s
22 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 41.045s
23 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 44.462s
24 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 55.679s
25 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 1 Lap
26 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 2 Laps
- Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi Retirement
- Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi Retirement
- Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet Retirement

RACE THREE STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car
1 James Cole Motorbase Ford
2 Rob Collard WSR BMW
3 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen
4 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen
5 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW
6 Matt Neal Honda Honda
7 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda
8 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen
9 Jack Goff MG MG
10 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW
11 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes
12 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota
13 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes
14 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet
15 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda
16 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda
17 Mike Bushell AmD Ford
18 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton
19 Andrew Jordan MG MG
20 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota
21 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford
22 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota
23 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford
24 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi
25 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota
26 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi
27 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi
28 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet
29 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti

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