BTCC Brands Hatch: Turkington dominates interrupted finale

Colin Turkington dominated the final British Touring Car Championship race of a wet day at Brands Hatch to lead home a BMW 1-2.

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The four-time champion progressed from third on the grid to second at the start, then took one lap after an early safety car to work a way around the reversed-grid polesitting Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N of Tom Chilton.

Turkington had extended an enormous margin of 1.286 seconds within a lap of the pass, with Chilton soon conceding the runner-up spot to the second West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330e M Sport of Jake Hill.

But Hill too had nothing for Turkington, who was almost seven seconds to the good when the safety car was called for a second time.

That eradicated his lead, but Turkington made no mistakes over the five remaining laps of green-flag action and led home Hill by 1.181s at the chequered flag.

“That safety car was what wakes you up at 4am as a bad dream,” joked Turkington. “But the guys were telling me I already had fastest lap, so I was confident that with no mistakes I had the pace to win.

“It’s just reward for the pace and effort yesterday in qualifying. Getting pole position I would hope would set up the weekend, but the weather made things so tricky today.”

As Chilton freefalled down the order – he eventually pitted and then spun into the gravel at Clearways to trigger the second caution – so Bobby Thompson emerged in third place in his Team Hard Cupra Leon.

Thompson had started from the front row and had no answer to the BMWs, but was able to pull away after the final safety car from a trio of potent leading lights of the BTCC.

Tom Ingram, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N

Tom Ingram, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N

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Championship leader Tom Ingram was at the front of these to claim fourth in his Excelr8 Hyundai, just ahead of the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla of Rory Butcher and Ash Sutton in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, which sustained damage from an incident with Chilton that hampered its pace.

George Gamble led this bunch in his Ciceley Motorsport BMW for a while, but dropped back to finish seventh, with Josh Cook, winner of the first two races of the day, claiming eighth in his BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R.

Rounding out the top 10 were Dan Lloyd’s Excelr8 Hyundai and the second Motorbase Ford of Dan Cammish.

The first safety car was caused by Jason Plato going straight on at Druids on the opening lap and nosing his BTC Honda into the barriers.

BTCC Brands Hatch Race 3 results

Cla Driver Laps Gap
1 United Kingdom Colin Turkington 27  
2 United Kingdom Jake Hill 27 1.181
3 Bobby Thompson 27 5.198
4 United Kingdom Tom Ingram 27 5.808
5 United Kingdom Rory Butcher 27 6.186
6 United Kingdom Ashley Sutton 27 6.488
7 George Gamble 27 7.031
8 United Kingdom Josh Cook 27 8.256
9 United Kingdom Daniel Lloyd 27 9.062
10 United Kingdom Dan Cammish 27 9.543
11 United Kingdom Gordon Shedden 27 11.783
12 United Kingdom Ollie Jackson 27 12.012
13 United Kingdom Stephen Jelley 27 12.276
14 United Kingdom Adam Morgan 27 12.336
15 United Kingdom Aiden Moffat 27 14.014
16 Ireland Aron Taylor-Smith 27 14.777
17 Jade Edwards 27 15.000
18 Sam Osborne 27 15.927
19 Jack Butel 27 16.152
20 United Kingdom Ricky Collard 27 17.075
21 United Kingdom Ash Hand 27 17.940
22 United Kingdom Daniel Rowbottom 27 18.645
23 Dexter Patterson 27 21.977
24 Nicolas Hamilton 27 25.229
25 Will Powell 26 1 Lap
  United Kingdom Tom Chilton 15 12 Laps
  Rick Parfitt Jr. 13 14 Laps
  United Kingdom Jason Plato 0  
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