The BTCC’s trip to Silverstone hosted some of the series’ closest racing so far this year as well as plenty of characteristic spills and thrills.
It is certainly one of the most famous and historic circuits in the UK, and indeed on the British Touring Car Championship calendar.
Last weekend, it posed a fresh sight to see a wider track compared to the more recent tracks like Croft.
Even though Silverstone National is a one-of-a-kind layout for the championship, it played home to a great deal of action and dramas throughout.
Up and down the grid, many had weekends to remember as others encountered weekends to forget.
Those are who we call the ‘winners and losers’, so here is our selection.
Winner: Rory Butcher
After a disastrous Croft weekend, Rory Butcher managed to pull back some much needed points and bragging rights at Silverstone.
Butcher managed to put his Toyota on pole during Saturday’s qualifying efforts after topping all Free Practice sessions. Ultimately, he fulfilled expectations of him fighting for the top spot.
At the start of the opener, he was impeded by an oil spill from an earlier support race so his grid slot was slippery from the clean up.
He dropped to second behind Ingram off the line however he would come through to win the first and second races of the day.
It was his strongest weekend of the entire season and one to reflect fondly on.
Loser: Gordon Shedden
Gordon Shedden had one of his worst weekends of the season so far at Silverstone.
During qualifying, it was apparent he was uncomfortable with the Honda Civic Type R.
Sure, he was faced with the challenge of bringing heat to all tyres on a circuit with only two left-hand corners – but this was a challenge everyone faced.
Not only did his teammate Dan Rowbottom make it into the top-10 shootout, but Shedden settled for 14th on the grid.
A tangle up with Butcher’s teammate, Sam Smelt, on the first lap of the first race meant he was trailing around at the back and didn’t score any points.
During the second race, he attempted to pass Jade Edwards in the BTC Racing Honda at the slight kink before the home straight, sending Edwards into the gravel and out of the race.
This isn’t the first time Sheddon has ended Edwards’ weekend after he used a similar move at Thruxton that took them both out.
Winner: Daniel Lloyd
Daniel Lloyd finally made his way back to the podium after a three season hiatus.
He finished in 3rd in the first race, and 2nd in the reverse grid race after a poor getaway from the lights when put on pole.
Lloyd fought hard with a charging Rory Butcher and managed to stay with the Toyota for the last few laps which was a rare sight for the Power Maxed Racing Team and their Vauxhall Astra.
Lloyd had the pace over experienced teammate Jason Plato all weekend, and his two pieces of silverware proved he is no second driver to part aside.
It will be a great sight to see him more at the front, and hopefully Donington Park can be a strong playing ground for his Astra.
Loser: Ciceley Motorsport
They encountered punctures and notable car-to-car contact.
Tom Chilton and Adam Morgan’s Silverstone weekends are going to be forgotten about very quickly in the sense it did not bode well for either of them after fair expectations.
Adam Morgan had contact with Sam Osbourne’s Ford Focus in the first race, sending Morgan towards the wall and ending any opportunity for a good result at the beginning of the day. Furthermore, his reverse grid race was hardly any better.
Only Chilton finished in the points throughout the three races – specifically in Race 2 where he finished 14th.
Adam Morgan has shown some real pace over the past four or five race weekends, so it was disappointing to say he never saw the top-15.
However, it was a minor blip for him and his head will be set on Donington Park – the penultimate event of this year (and it is hard to ignore how the season has just flown by rapidly).
Winners: Toyota GAZOO Racing UK
After an awful Croft showing last time out, both of the Speedworks drivers needed to have a good weekend at Silverstone.
And it was a delight to admit the team as a whole fared well during this weekend from the perspective of both drivers, moreso from a certain Scotsman over the BTCC returnee.
Butcher had an impeccable momentum since FP1 and he carried it well through the weekend enjoyed a classic scrap with the likes of Tom Ingram and Josh Cook.
There are variables throughout race day itself which can dramatically change the tone of a driver if, for example, they have an accident during the second race to alter what the final race means if the team frantically seek to repair the car.
Conveniently so, Butcher is no stranger to this circumstance both this season and at Silverstone itself.
His teammate Sam Smelt managed to get up to some decent points scoring positions when he had the chance, however that unavoidable contact with ‘Flash’ cut any chance of him scoring points when he picked up damage to the car.
As frustrating an outcome this was for him, we should not overlook the pace he extracted from the Corolla and so that was an underlying positive take on a less-than-ideal result.
Overall, the team had their best performance of the season so far after being able to win the first race, and then the second one with full success ballast.
It was an underrated effort not only from Butcher, but from Speedworks’ team of mechanics and engineers who landed a sufficient setup of the car.
Here’s to hoping Smelt lands some solid points when the BTCC heads up to Derbyshire…