Turkington claims back-to-back race wins at Snetterton to cement Drivers’ Championship lead

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Defending BTCC Champion Colin Turkington has put himself into the lead in the Drivers’ Championship lead heading into Race Three after back-to-back wins to begin his day at Snetterton.

Turkington now leads Ash Sutton by seven points with a bigger gap appearing between the duo and Dan Cammish who is now 20 behind. Like the first race, Turkington led off the line with Ingram, Sutton, Butcher and Cammish all having a title contender battle behind the Team BMW driver. Only a safety car on the penultimate lap looked to derail Turkington’s charge but he managed to get a superb getaway toward the chequered flag.

Off the line, Turkington made a good start once more with Jake Hill having a slow start to miss out. Rory Butcher and Ash Sutton went into third and fourth respectively as they set about going after Tom Ingram and the leader.

Sutton saw the door open on the inside on Lap Two but couldn’t make it stick and he continued to battle with Butcher. Dan Cammish and Jake Hill as a result began to catch up with Sutton.

Turkington had a gap of +0.545 on Lap Three so wasn’t getting away from Ingram and the leading group with Cammish in particular claiming the fastest lap as he aimed to get past Sutton.

Sutton kept giving Butcher the signal to attack Ingram and attempt to get through towards Turkington as Ingram continued to defend and hold up the leading group which stretched all the way back towards Josh Cook in 8th.

The gap went past a second between Turkington and Ingram as the race leader took Fastest Lap once more and mounted a charge in terms of his lead. This meant for Butcher and Sutton in particular, it was very much now or never as it headed onto Lap 7/12.

As it went into Lap 10/12, Turkington’s lead continued to be maintained and Ingram was still doing a superb job defending second place. Cammish attempted to get past Sutton with Hill and Cook joining the Honda but a nasty crash for Goff on Turn 1 saw a safety car deployed which meant Turkington’s 3.6 second lead was eroded.

The lap distance was extended with Lap 13/14 meaning a one lap dash to finalise the race. Turkington left the rest of the field for dust. Butcher tagged the back of Ingram but Sutton benefitted to go into third. This pack were all together but this meant Turkington got away to take a second chequered flag of the day with Ingram just holding off Sutton.

Butcher took fourth with Jake Hill rounding out the top five. Dan Cammish, Josh Cook, a superb drive from Ollie Jackson who started towards the back, Adam Morgan and Chris Smiley finalising the top 10. Tom Oliphant and Matt Neal took the final spots for the reverse grid. While Senna Proctor, Michael Crees and Sam Osborne rounded out the points scorers.

Glynn Geddie finished top in the returnees in 18th place in a solid drive from the back from the Team HARD Racing Volkswagen CC. Jess Hawkins was top of the newcomers in 21st place.

Following Race Two, it was Chris Smiley who headed onto pole position with Adam Morgan, Ollie Jackson, Josh Cook and Dan Cammish rounding out the top five. Ash Sutton will line up eighth and the Championship Leader Turkington will be on 10th.

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