BTCC: Turkington takes the win in Race 2 at Brands Hatch GP

Colin Turkington took the win in Round 5 of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch GP Circuit.

It was Turkington in his BMW 330i M Sport that got away strongly as he made the most of Dan Cammish’s poor start that led for him to lose three positions.

Pole-sitter Cammish’s FK8 Civic Type R held the highest success ballast ahead of the race with 60 Kg and paid the price at the beginning.

Tom Ingram in his Toyota Corolla made a move past Oli Jackson for second place during the opening laps. This led Ingram to battle for the lead with Colin Turkington.

Four laps into the race, a safety car was deployed due to a collision between Bobby Thompson and Michael Crees that led their cars to be stuck in the gravel travel at Westfield corner.

Both drivers, who collided in the braking zone, briefly expressed their frustrations towards each other after getting out of the car.

Up until the safety car period, Rory Butcher of the Motorbase Performance Focus ST climbed 13 places (into P12) as he began a redemption drive after the unlucky puncture in Race 1 that cost him a high points finish and a potential race win.

After the safety car period, which bunched the pack together, Ingram hunted down Turkington who was closely followed by Cammish.

Cammish’s team-mate, Matt Neal, faced more bad luck as his engine suffered overheating issues and retired into the pits on lap 10.

Further mechanical issues littered the field as both BTC Racing FK8 Honda Civics retired into the pitlane, as did Jake Hill’s FK2 (older) Civic Type R later into the race.

Butcher continued a climb up the order as he passed both Tom Oliphant and Adam Morgan over two laps to then fight Oli Jackson.

They fought closely and eventually made it past his much heavier team-mate (with 48 Kg of success ballast) on the pit straight.

Cammish was the last to suffer a suspected mechanical issue as he stopped and then set of again, suggesting an electrical problem. He made it to the checkered flag in 19th.

Turkington took a 53rd career victory, and his second of this BTCC season.

Ingram followed behind in second, meaning he now sits 15 points behind Turkington in the championship standings with 67 compared to Turkington’s 84 points.

Ash Sutton in his Infiniti Q50 claimed the last step on the podium, followed by the two Motorbase Performance cars of Butcher and Jackson.

Adam Morgan secured sixth place ahead of Tom Oliphant, Senna Proctor and Stephen Jelley.

Gornall, making his BTCC debut this season, took an impressive tenth spot in the order.