BTCC Silverstone: Butcher reigns victorious in chaotic second race

With a surprisingly clean and calm first race of the day done, the second race would be the total opposite as Rory Butcher went on to win.

With contact and hard racing everywhere you looked, the BTCC weekend has certainly started to heat up.

Everyone made a clean start off the line, a fiery Ash Sutton sat in seventh with places to make up.

Butcher was still in the lead at the end of lap 2, the Scotsman looked like his Toyota is carrying its extra weight successfully.

Nic Hamilton had his Team HARD CUPRA put into the gravel at Becketts after being squeezed on both sides, bringing the race under safety car conditions. His car was simply pushed out of the gravel however so the safety car came in at the end of lap 4.

Dan Lloyd dropped down to 7th on lap 5 after a poor start from 3rd on the grid.

Tom Ingram and Josh cook went side by side through Luffield and Copse. The duo were still side by side by the time the pack reached the Maggots and Becketts complex. Ingram just managed to keep the position from the charging Josh Cook.

Butcher started to pull away with a 1.8s gap thanks to that battling between Ingram and Cook.

Jade Edwards in the BTC Racing Honda found the gravel on lap 9 after controversial contact with Gordon Sheddon.

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Ingram and Cook went side by side again with Ingram coming out on top yet again.

Carl Boardley also found the gravel at Copse after heavy contact with Andy Neate’s Ford Focus.

A long safety car period to clear both accidents took place, allowing for victim Carl Boardley to pit in and re-join the action.

Jade Edwards’ car gets cleared at the start of lap 16, bringing the safety car in.

Sam Smelt’s car went immediately off the road, broken just before Brooklands.

With 8 laps to go, Butcher had started to pull a gap to Ingram’s Hyundai.

Cook passed Ingram for second, allowing Butcher to get further away in the lead.

Sutton made a crucial move past championship rival Colin Turkington on lap 19 to claim 5th position.

Aron Taylor-Smith fought with Team HARD teammate Jack Goff, Jason Plato as well as Sam Osbourne for the final reverse grid slot.

Rory Butcher’s gap to second place Josh Cook slowly came down as the added weight of the Toyota starts to hurt Butcher at the end of lap 23.

Turkington took Moffat’s 4th place with a superb around the outside move at Luffield.

Cook was right on the bumper of Butcher coming onto the last lap, the Toyota was so good on the brakes, but Josh Cook’s Honda tried it up the inside getting onto the grass and nearly lost it coming into Brooklands. Thankfully, both cars survived and Butcher manages to hold on to win his second race of the day.

Andrew Jordan drew the slips for the reverse grid. Placing Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato on pole position.

Top 10 Finishers:   

1st: Rory Butcher

2nd: Josh Cook

3rd: Tom Ingram

4th: Colin Turkington

5th: Aiden Moffat

6th: Ash Sutton

7th: Daniel Rowbottom

8th: Chris Smiley

9th: Stephan Jelley

10th: Daniel Lloyd

11th: Jake Hill

12th: Jason Plato

 

Non-Finishers: 

Carl Boardley

Sam Smelt

Jade Edwards

Andy Neate