Silverstone BTCC: BMR's Colin Turkington wins to boost title bid

Colin Turkington's British Touring Car Championship title defence remains alive heading to the final round after the 2014 champion won the third race Silverstone

Silverstone BTCC: BMR's Colin Turkington wins to boost title bid

The Team BMR driver was third on the grid in his Volkswagen CC but followed Rob Collard past the slow-starting James Cole and then nailed the WSR BMW to lead at the end of the opening lap.

A safety car, required to recover the stricken machines of Hunter Abbott and Dan Welch, was called on lap two, but when it returned to the pits Turkington had no trouble establishing a lead.

He eased clear of the chasing BMWs of Collard and Sam Tordoff to record his fourth win of the season, and cut his deficit to Gordon Shedden in the championship to 30 points with 68 on offer at Brands.

Collard finished second, though he spent the second half of the race in third after Tordoff, quicker in the middle phase, appeared to be waved past to chase after Turkington.

He cut the gap to 1.3 seconds heading onto the final lap, but with no attack for the lead forthcoming Collard regained the place heading to the Brooklands for the last time.

Jason Plato held off Shedden to take fourth and salvage something out of a difficult weekend, and trails the Honda man by 24 points with three races remaining.

Matt Neal chased team-mate Shedden over the line, having kept Mat Jackson at bay for most of the race.

Race-one winner Jackson had a stunning first lap, rising from 24th to 12th, and after the safety car progressed to seventh - but his progress ended there thanks to Neal's stern defence.

Adam Morgan, poleman Cole - who was biffed out of fourth by Plato early on - and Aiden Moffat completed the top 10.

RESULTS - 25 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 27m03.506s
2 Rob Collard WSR BMW 2.117s
3 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 2.387s
4 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 3.078s
5 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 3.497s
6 Matt Neal Honda Honda 3.908s
7 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 4.036s
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 4.697s
9 James Cole Motorbase Ford 5.967s
10 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 10.448s
11 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 10.633s
12 Andrew Jordan MG MG 10.777s
13 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 13.906s
14 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 15.148s
15 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 15.414s
16 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 15.644s
17 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 22.112s
18 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 26.443s
19 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 32.435s
20 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 34.757s
21 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 35.466s
22 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 39.161s
23 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 44.134s
24 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 1 Lap
- Jack Goff MG MG Retirement
- Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda Retirement
- Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton Retirement
- Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi Retirement
- Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet Not started

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Gordon Shedden 325
2 Jason Plato 302
3 Colin Turkington 293
4 Matt Neal 288
5 Andrew Jordan 261
6 Sam Tordoff 256
7 Andy Priaulx 226
8 Adam Morgan 226
9 Jack Goff 207
10 Rob Collard 205
11 Aron Taylor-Smith 177
12 Tom Ingram 156
13 Mat Jackson 139
14 Rob Austin 120
15 Josh Cook 87
16 Dave Newsham 82
17 Aiden Moffat 72
18 Martin Depper 52
19 Jeff Smith 29
20 James Cole 24
21 Hunter Abbott 23
22 Warren Scott 23
23 Mike Bushell 14
24 Nick Foster 4
25 Barry Horne 3
26 Robb Holland 2
27 Simon Belcher 1
28 Daniel Welch 1
29 Kieran Gallagher 1
30 Tony Gilham 1

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