BTCC Snetterton: Turkington dominates at opening race of the day

Colin Turkington has won Round 4 at Snetterton with a commanding win over Tom Ingram in second and Rory Butcher in third.

Snetterton would provide a riveting first race for the British Touring Car Championship, with Colin Turkington taking the spoils.

Jessica Hawkins and Gordon Shedden where two drivers everyone had their eye on, with Sheddon being relegated to the back after qualifying and Hawkins putting her focus ST in an amazing 18th.

Medium and Soft tyres would be available to the drivers for the first time this year, allowing for the drivers to choose which would suit the ever changing track the best.

A clean first lap is rare in touring car racing, but everyone got through okay with Turkington being forced to defend aggressively against Ingram throughout the first three laps. However once the BMW got its tyres up to temperature Turkington managed to drop Ingram by two seconds.

Rory Butcher had the best start off of the grid, pushing past Ollie Jackson and holding off attacks from Stephen Jelley throughout the first five laps. Jelley would eventually get the better of Butcher after gear shift problems for the Scotsman.

Jack Goff was one of the big winners for Team HARD by lap seven having gone up three places in his CUPRA and showing the championship what the new machine is capable of.

A fight with Ash Sutton late on for eleventh would prove to be one of the best fights of the race with both Sutton and Goff attacking and defending hard over numerous laps. to try and squeeze into that last spot in the top-10.

A successful race for Dan Lloyd in one of the two Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra’s, he managed to get a brilliant seventh position after a hard fight in the dying laps with the mechanically hampered Morgan and the charging Tom Oliphant in his Team BMW car.

Tom Chilton sent his BMW for a spin at the slowest corner of the track after going too deep to defend against a threatening Gordon Shedden. He rejoined the track right infant of Jessica Hawkins, forcing her off the road and costing her vital places on track.

It was an 8th win at Snetterton for Colin Turkington, and a 57th win overall in his BTCC career.

Position Driver Team Points
1 Colin Turkington Team BMW (C) 20
2 Tom Ingram EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars 17
3 Rory Butcher Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C) 15
4 Stephan Jelley Team BMW (C) 13
5 Ollie Jackson MB Motorsport (C) 11
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport 10
7 Dan Lloyd Power Maxed Racing 9
8 Tom Oliphant Team BMW (C) 8
9 Jake Hill MB Motorsport (C) 7
10 Chris Smiley EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars 6
11 Ash Sutton Laser Tools Racing 5
12 Jack Goff Team HARD 4
13 Daniel Rowbottom Team Dynamics 3
14 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing 2
15 Gordon Shedden Team Dynamics 1
16 Josh Cook BTC Racing 0
17 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing 0
18 Senna Proctor BTC Racing 0
19 Sam Osborne Motorbase Performance (C) 0
20 Carl Boardley Laser Tools Racing 0
21 Tom Chilton Ciceley Motorsport 0
22 Árón Taylor-Smith Team HARD 0
23 Jessica Hawkins Motorbase Performance (C) 0
24 Rick Parfitt Jr. EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars 0
25 Jade Edwards BTC Racing 0
26 Jack Butel EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars 0
27 Glynn Geddie Team HARD 0
28 Nicolas Hamilton Team HARD 0
29 Sam Smelt Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C) 0