Turkington
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Colin Turkington took his fifth win this season at Snetterton, for Round 23 of the British Touring Car Championship.

Turkington and Ash Sutton tied on championship points into the second race of the day, with the BMW driver taking the maximum 60 kg ballast.

In dry, sunny and bitter conditions, Turkington had a strong getaway once again to lead into Riches.

Hill headed down into sixth as Butcher found took himself into third and Sutton followed into fourth.

Sutton attacked the tail of Butcher and was keen for him not to just get past, but stay with Ingram ahead in second.

On the fourth lap, Ollie Jackson, Butcher’s teammate began a climb up the grid to get himself past Michael Crees and into the top-10.

Up ahead, Turkington had established a gap to the ongoing scrap behind between Butcher on Ingram, and Sutton who followed closely behind.

Moffat faced another retirement into the pits, after experiencing boost issues in Race 1 that caused the throttle to open up and get involved in contact with Oliphant.

Onto lap 9, the battle for second, third and fourth still heated up as Butcher sought to make the most of his seemingly faster Ford Focus ST.

On the bubble for 10th, Chris Smiley defended off Tom Oliphant in his Hyundai.

Into lap 11, Cammish found himself on the tail of Sutton’s fourth spot and his fight with the two ahead.

Shortly after, Jack Goff and his VW CC had a side-hit against the barriers after Riches, through putting a wheel on the wet grass and thus the Safety Car was deployed.

The race distance was increased by two laps (to 14 laps), as the safety car came in at the end of lap 13.

On the restart, Turkington made the most of a good start having lost his pre-safety car gap over P2 of 3.6s.

The fight for third, fourth and fifth heated up in the last lap sprint with Sutton taking third after Butcher briefly hit the back of Ingram.

Turkington went on to take his fifth win of the season, ahead of Tom Ingram who got a third spot on the podium in-a-row, plus another second-placed finish at Snetterton.

He leads the standings by seven over Sutton in the standings at 294 points.

Sutton completed the top-three spots, ahead of Butcher, Hill and Cammish.

Josh Cook took seventh ahead of Jackson who had climbed 13 positions since the start.

Adam Morgan and Smiley rounded off the top-10 finishers.

Further down on the newcomers/returnees, Glynn Geddie finished in 18th ahead of Ethan Hammerton.

Jess Hawkins finished in 21st position as Paul Rivett came in 23rd.

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