BTCC: Turkington dominates to take Race 1 win at Snetterton

Colin Turkington converted his 22nd pole position into a dominant win at Snetterton, for Round 22 of the British Touring Car Championship.

The first race of the day took place on a dry track (with a few wet patches) and bitter conditions, as Turkington started on pole alongside Jake Hill.

Turkington held his lead into Riches after a strong getaway, whilst Tom Ingram also had a strong start to get past Hill for second place.

Further behind, Tom Oliphant was tagged with Sutton and Ollie Jackson into the first corner, and Sutton found himself most lucky to keep himself in the pack.

Ingram struggled with pace and was defending off Hill’s FK2 Honda Civic Type R.

Their everlasting scrap gave Turkington a chance to build heat into his tyres and establish a comfortable lead.

Meanwhile, Josh Cook of the BTC Racing FK8 Civic Type R fought and took ninth position away from Chris Smiley.

By the fourth lap, Turkington had established a growing lead of a second over the scrap behind for second place.

On the following lap, the championship-leader Ash Sutton was in sixth as Rory Butcher made a pass at Montreal on Dan Cammish, who held second in the standings, for fourth.

The Ingram and Hill scrap continued, until the seventh lap when Hill put Ingram into a brief half-spin after trying a move on the (dampening) inside line at Montreal.

Hill gave back the position out of courtesy and they both continued to fight for second.

Sutton shortly made a move past Cammish into fifth.

Turkington led by four seconds by the eighth lap, as Butcher found himself on the tail of the Ingram and Hill battle after their brief contact earlier.

Michael Crees passed Smiley just as Adam Morgan chased down Cammish for sixth.

By the end, Turkington took a dominant victory by 2.5s ahead of Ingram and Hill to complete the podium.

Butcher came in fourth in his Focus ST, followed by Sutton and Cammish.

Sutton’s and Turkington’s efforts tied themselves on 272 points in the standings.

Morgan secured seventh place in the Mercedes-Benz A Class, ahead of Cook and Senna Proctor’s Hyundai.

Michael Crees completed the top-10 finishers with a one second gap on Proctor’s teammate, Chris Smiley.

As far as the newcomers and returnees, Paul Rivett finished in 19th with fellow BTCC rookie Jess Hawkins in 22nd.

Ethan Hammerton came in 24th ahead of Glynn Geddie’s 25th-placed finish.