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BTCC Race 3: Turkington storms to victory at Brands Hatch

Sunday, May 15 2022

Colin Turkington claimed victory with a commanding drive in damp conditions during the final Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit this afternoon (Sunday).

The Northern Irishman made a strong start from third on the grid in his rear-wheel-drive Team BMW machine to immediately pass second placed starter Bobby Thompson into Paddock Hill Bend, and was pressuring pole-sitter Tom Chilton in the lead within moments. Before anything else could happen in the battle for the lead though, the safety car made its first appearance of the day following an off at Druids for Jason Plato in his Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic.

Chilton's Hyundai i30N led from the front a handful of laps later, and whilst the experienced tin top ace was able to place his car well in defence, it was clear that Turkington's chasing BMW carried a pace advantage. Turkington made his decisive move through Clearways and Clark Curve, committing to the outside line before cementing his place at the head of the race with a sublime pass at Paddock Hill Bend.

His move was to be mirrored shortly afterwards by Jake Hill in the sister BMW under the ROKiT MB Motorsport banner, who had the move completed before the duo reached the Kent circuit's iconic first corner. Thompson made a move of his own shortly afterwards to move into the top-three and open the door to a maiden BTCC podium for both he and the Cupra Leon.

At the front, Turkington surged clear, to make his mark and move towards a likely victory. Early leader Chilton gave Turkington pause for thought however, after running off the track, ensuring the safety car needed to return to the circuit with just a handful of laps remaining.

Despite Hill maintaining a smaller gap as the race resumed, he was forced to settle for second at his home circuit as Turkington once again pulled away to cross the line first after 27 laps, with the race distance extended by three to account for safety car interruptions. Thompson managed to secure his place on the rostrum with an impressive drive, holding off established frontrunner Tom INgram in the latter stages.

Rory Butcher's Toyota Gazoo Racing Corolla and Ashley Sutton's NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST were glued together for much of the race, and it was Scotland's Butcher who just edged the battle to complete the top-five. Behind Sutton, George Gamble produced another stellar drive early in his maiden BTCC campaign, whilst Josh Cook followed up his race one and two victories with eighth. Daniel Lloyd and Dan Cammish completed the top-10.

Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Race 2, Brands Hatch

1. Colin Turkington, Team BMW, BMW, 27 laps 
2. Jake Hill, ROKiT MB Motorsport, BMW, +1.181s
3. Bobby Thompson, Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero, Cupra, +5.198s
4. Tom Ingram, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com, Hyundai, +5.808s
5. Rory Butcher, Toyota GAZOO Racing UK, Toyota, +6.186s
6. Ashley Sutton, NAPA Racing UK, Ford, +6.488s
7. George Gamble, Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport, BMW, +7.031s
8. Josh Cook, Rich Energy BTC Racing, Honda, +8.256s
9. Daniel Lloyd, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com, Hyundai, +9.062s
10. Dan Cammish, NAPA Racing UK, Ford, +9.543s

For full timings and results from this weekend, click here.