BTCC: Jackson takes maiden BTCC win at intense Race 3

Ollie Jackson took his first BTCC win at a dramatic and restarted Round 18 at the Silverstone National Circuit.

With punctures in Race 2 earlier in the day, Ash Sutton and Tom Ingram started at the back on the grid in 25th and 26th, while Michael Crees’ engine difficulties had him start behind in 27th.

At the start, Ollie Jackson started strongly and took the lead off Tom Oliphant and further back Andy Neate attempted to force his way past BTCC debutant Jade Edwards on the exit of Luffield Corner, only to push her off the track and find himself in the wall and out of the race.

The field was closely packed as Jackson continued to defend the lead, and Tom Ingram had his hopes ended for the day as he was pinched in a three-wide situation.

From left to right, Carl Boardley, Onslow-Cole, and Ingram attempted to battle each other into Luffield only to pinch the Corolla off into the barriers.

A safety car (turned red flag period) was declared shortly after Jake Hill got into third, with Rory Butcher retired from the race in dramatic fashion after a high-speed crash and roll approaching Maggotts Corner barrier.

He got out of the car afterwards and was declared okay after he and a nearby marshall were sent for a medical check, but this ended his climb up the field in his 90th BTCC race.

The race restarted (though not the grid itself) after the damaged barrier was attended to, with a new distance of 12 laps.

Jackson asserted a strong getaway to lead the first restarted laps, with Adam Morgan making a climb up to third.

Josh Cook soon made a pass on Morgan for third, as Sutton continues his spirited climb up eight places after taking Tom Chilton for sixth in his Infiniti Q50.

At the front, and on lap 7, Oliphant took the lead briefly at Copse but Jackson took it back into the Becketts right-hander (onto the Wellington Straight).

By the eighth lap, Sutton asserted a climb of 11 places to get into third and fight amongst a crowded pack of cars.

For the remainder of the race, Jackson defended his lead to eventually take his first win ahead of Sutton (starting in P26 before the restart) and Oliphant.

Dan Cammish finished in fourth ahead of Morgan’s Mercedes-Benz and Senna Proctor’s Hyundai.

Finishing in seventh was Josh Cook ahead of Sutton’s teammate, Aiden Moffat.

Tom Chilton came in ninth place and previous race winner Colin Turkington came in 10th having carried a 60 kg ballast.

Turkington sits in second, six points behind Sutton’s 239 in the standings at the end of this weekend.