Colin Turkington has taken victory in the first race at Donington Park for the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship following a controlled drive which involved two safety car restarts.
This is the Northern Irishman’s first victory with the new BMW 330i M Sport.
Despite seemingly struggling with his car towards his dominant pole position, the car appeared to be set up perfectly today and he had enough skill to consistently drive away from the driver in second at each restart.
The first lap saw a huge accident involving Andrew Jordan, Rob Collard, Adam Morgan, Stephen Jelley, Matt Simpson, Ollie Jackson and Jake Hill at the exit of the Old Hairpin. The Mercedes Benz A-Class of Morgan went into the drivers’ side door of Jordan when the latter was tipped into a spin by Collard. Andrew has since been taken to hospital as a precaution. Every other driver involved got out unscathed.
Second went to the 2017 BTCC champion Ashley Sutton who kept up a consistent gap between himself and third place finisher Tom Oliphant who was ecstatic with his first ever BTCC podium finish.
The battle for fourth ran for many laps towards the flag as Matt Neal highlighted his experience with a fantastic defensive drive against the Toyota Corolla GT of Tom Ingram. Behind Ingram in sixth was the second Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R of Dan Cammish.
Despite a positive qualifying session, BTC Racing didn’t enjoy the best of first races as Josh Cook damaged his wheel after the first safety car restart when he got hit by Sam Tordoff. Chris Smiley battled hard towards a seventh place finish.
Eighth went to Tom Chilton who takes the lead of the drivers championship and ninth and tenth went to the Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing duo of Jason Plato and Rob Collard.
The second safety car was called upon following an incident between Aiden Moffat and Nicolas Hamilton when the latter was tipped into a spin and took a hard impact into the entrance of the pitlane. Thankfully, Nic managed to drag his battered Ford Focus RS back to his garage.
Sam Tordoff was set for his first podium finish of 2019. However, a spin just before the final chicane dropped him down the order and a thirteenth place finish. Unlucky for some!
Jack Goff took the final points scoring position ahead of Rob Smith who drove well in his Excelr8 Motorsport MG6 GT.
|1st||Colin Turkington||BMW 330i M Sport||27:52.990|
|2nd||Ashley Sutton||Subaru Levorg GT||+2.254|
|3rd||Tom Oliphant||BMW 330i M Sport||+6.402|
|4th||Matt Neal||Honda Civic Type R||+8.543|
|5th||Tom Ingram||Toyota Corolla GT||+9.027|
|6th||Dan Cammish||Honda Civic Type R||+9.480|
|7th||Chris Smiley||Honda Civic Type R||+9.862|
|8th||Tom Chilton||Ford Focus RS||+10.899|
|9th||Jason Plato||Vauxhall Astra||+12.267|
|10th||Rob Collard||Vauxhall Astra||+12.488|
|11th||Rory Butcher||Honda Civic Type R||+12.722|
|12th||Senna Proctor||Subaru Levorg GT||+13.166|
|13th||Sam Tordoff||Honda Civic Type R||+20.103|
|14th||Aiden Moffat||Mercedes Benz A-Class||+20.370|
|15th||Jack Goff||Volkswagen CC||+21.317|
|16th||Rob Smith||MG6 GT||+25.972|
|17th||Stephen Jelley||BMW 125i M Sport||+26.652|
|18th||Bobby Thompson||Volkswagen CC||+27.156|
|19th||Daniel Rowbottom||Mercedes Benz A-Class||+29.120|
|20th||Carl Boardley||Volkswagen CC||+33.106|
|21st||Michael Crees||Volkswagen CC||+34.276|
|22nd||Sam Osborne||MG6 GT||+35.186|
|23rd||Mark Blundell||Audi S3 Saloon||+35.888|
|24th||Josh Cook||Honda Civic Type R||+1 Lap|
|25th||Nicolas Hamilton||Ford Focus RS||+12 Laps|
|26th||Matt Simpson||Honda Civic Type R||+18 Laps|
|27th||Ollie Jackson||Ford Focus RS||DNF|
|28th||Adam Morgan||Mercedes Benz A-Class||DNF|
|29th||Andrew Jordan||BMW 330i M Sport||DNF|
|30th||Jake Hill||Audi S3 Saloon||DNF|