BTCC: Turkington gets his campaign going with win in race two

Colin Turkington took victory in race two of the opening British Touring Car Championship round at Donington, after getting a great start.

The Team BMW driver got a great start off the line from second and beat the Team Dynamics Honda Civic of Dan Cammish down into Turn 1.

Turkington was then able to break clear from the rest of the field, with Cammish – who won the opening race – getting embroiled in a tough fight for second with Rory Butcher, Tom Oliphant and Tom Ingram.

Cammish eventually lost his second position on lap four of 19, with his 60kg of ballast meaning he was unable to hold off the Motorbase Ford Focus of Butcher, and two lap later Oliphant and Ingram also made their way past, demoting the Honda to fifth.

Ingram also made it past the BMW of Oliphant to move up to third and the order of the top five remained stable, although further back, Ash Sutton was carving through the field and was up to ninth by lap seven, having started 14th.

On lap 10 Turkington’s lead was wiped out when the safety car was called out as a result of Nic Hamilton’s retirement.

The VW CC driver spun off into the gravel and retired for the second race running.

When the race restarted three laps later, Turkington was able to hold off Butcher into Turn 1 and went on to create a gap, eventually crossing the finish line to take his first win of the season, 2.199s ahead of Butcher.

Sutton was the biggest beneficiary of the safety car regrouping the whole field and he didn’t waste the opportunity, passing Matt Neal into the final chicance for fifth three laps from the end, before overtaking Cammish for fifth one lap later.

Meanwhile, Ingram had looked in control of third place in his Toyota Corolla, but Oliphant managed to get past him on the penultimate lap to make it a BMW 1-3.

Ingram ended up fourth, three tenths behind the BMW, with Sutton, Cammish and Neal completing the top seven.

Adam Morgan crossed the line in eighth, three tenths behind Neal, while Stephen Jelley had a strong race in his Team Parker Racing BMW 1 series to finish ninth.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook rounded out the top ten in his Honda Civic Type R.