BTCC: Butcher inherits victory in Race 1 at Oulton Park

Rory Butcher inherits the win in Round 7 of the British Touring Car Championship at the Oulton Park Island Circuit.

Heavy rain conditions plagued Oulton Park as teams made their changes on the cars to adapt to the conditions ahead.

The #42 BMW of Carl Boardley went off at Lodge Corner on the second formation lap and delayed the race start after missing his braking point in the wet conditions.

Turkington matched Butcher on the start but a brief battle had Butcher’s front-wheel drive Ford pass the rear-wheel drive BMW at Cascades. Turkington got to terms with his 60 kg success-ballast as championship-leader.

His teammate and previous race winner Tom Oliphant defended hard from Josh Cook as he also came to terms to the wet conditions favouring the front-wheel drive runners.

Tom Ingram made a strong getaway in his Toyota Corolla as he battled wheel-to-wheel with Ash Sutton’s Infiniti.

As Cook eventually got ahead of Oliphant following the BMWs difficult start, Cook’s teammate, Dan Cammish, found himself up to P4 past Oliphant.

On the fourth lap, the safety car was deployed (only for a lap) since Oli Brown went off into a barrier.

Ingram and Sutton raced door-to-door on the restart and Matt Neal was shown a technical flag (black and orange) due to a suspected mechanical issue.

Cook eventually took the lead off Butcher at Old Hall after ‘dummying’ him into a late defence.

Turkington continued to struggle as Jake Hill got through swiftly for P4 in his FK2 Honda Civic Type R.

Ingram in P8 and Sutton behind continued their scrap as they hunted down Adam Morgan in the #33 Mercedes-Benz A Class.

On lap 11, Ingram made it past Morgan for P7 as he started to set the fastest times of the race. He was on the tail of Chilton until the end after making up seven places from the start in P14.

Cook won comfortably by two seconds to his maiden victory and a first in 2020.

Cook’s result was, however, short-lived after failing post-race ride height checks thus gifting the win to Butcher; his result was excluded consequently.

Butcher finished in P1 ahead of Cook’s BTC Racing teammate Cammish as the team redeemed themselves from their woes at Brands Hatch GP, at the expense of Neal.

Hill in his FK2 Civic Type R finished behind in P3.

Turkington struggled his way to finish in P4 ahead of Chilton and Ingram.

Morgan took P7 ahead of the #116 Infiniti of Sutton and #22 Hyundai of Chris Smiley.

Smiley’s Hyundai teammate, Senna Proctor, rounded off the top-10 finishers.