Turkington extends BTCC lead with Oulton Park double

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Colin Turkington
Triple champion secures 50th profession win, whereas Jake Hill is denied his first after being penalised for a mid-race conflict

Group BMW racer Colin Turkington prolonged his factors lead within the British Touring Automotive Championship with an emphatic double victory at Oulton Park, together with his 50th race win.

Whereas the triple champion was largely untroubled on his option to victory within the opening two races on the Cheshire observe, the day’s closing race contained much more drama. Pole-sitter Jake Hill completed third on the street in his Audi S3, however a penalty for a mid-race conflict with Matt Neal handed the victory to BMW 1 Collection racer Stephen Jelley.

Turkington set the tempo in qualifying in his BMW 330i M Sport, and shortly pulled a out lead on works Honda Civic Kind R driver Dan Cammish initially of the opening race. Cammish spent a lot of the race worrying extra in regards to the BMW behind him, with Andrew Jordan – recent from a double win in the newest occasion – pressuring him all through the race earlier than settling for third. 

Rory Butcher completed fourth in a Civic Kind R, simply forward of team-mate Sam Tordoff, who had certified second however slipped again early on.

Having secured his 49th BTCC race win within the first race, Turkington added his 50th with one other dominant drive within the second. This time he led dwelling Jordan, who jumped Cammish initially. As soon as once more, Cammish discovered himself surrounded by BMWs, with Tom Oliphant taking fourth within the third WSR-run machine.

Hill was drawn on pole for the reverse grid closing race, with former champions Matt Neal (Civic Kind R) and Jason Plato (Vauxhall Astra) behind him on the grid.

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Whereas Hill made a robust begin, he was quickly underneath immense strain from Neal, with the triple champion squeezing previous on the principle straight on the primary lap. Hill tried to combat again exiting Previous Corridor however tagged the again of the Civic, pitching Neal right into a wild spin by a cloud of tyre smoke.

Neal one way or the other emerged unscathed, albeit nicely down the order, however a number of vehicles had been broken within the making certain mayhem, together with Plato’s Astra, which dropped a line of oil down earlier than the hairpin.

Hill was left in a transparent lead, however Butcher and Jelley closed in on him close to the top. Butcher checked out a transfer within the hairpin, however hit the oil and slithered extensive, permitting Jelley by for second.

Jelley would transfer up once more following the race, inheriting the win when stewards handed Hill a 20-second penalty for the conflict with Neal. Oliphant picked up second forward of Tordoff and Jordan.

Turkington adopted up his two wins with a strong ninth place, extending his championship lead over team-mate Jordan.

The subsequent BTCC occasion is at Snetterton in Norfolk on August three/four.

Learn extra

BTCC 2019: why the championship is again to its finest

BTCC 2019: Jordan takes one other double at Croft

BTCC 2019: Turkington takes Donington double

 


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