Knockhill BTCC: Chilton wins to end all-wet weekend
Tom Chilton became the record breaking 14th different winner of the BTCC season when he claimed the final race of the weekend at Knockhill.
Chilton started his Motorbase Performance Ford from pole position on the reversed-grid line-up, with Adam Morgan’s Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes driver Adam Morgan alongside him.
Chilton made a superb start to head into Duffus Dip first ahead of his rival, with Colin Turkington (WSR BMW) and Dan Cammish in the works Team Dynamics Honda following.
After brief early-race safety car to clear up debris on the circuit after contact between Matt Simpson’s Simpson Racing Honda and Mike Bushell’s VW, Chilton controlled the restart and was able to scamper clear as Turkington set about unseating Morgan from second.
Turkington managed it on lap 15 by outdragging his rival away from the hairpin, and he set about carving into Chilton’s 2.7s advantage.
He narrowed it to a few tenths of a second, but Chilton held firm for the victory.
“It was a brilliant race,” said Chilton. “I could see that there was no more rain coming, so I was protecting my tyres early on so I would have something left at the end. My engineer came on the radio to tell me Colin was catching, but I told him ‘I do have eyes’! I could see him coming, but I had enough in hand.”
Turkington said that he was pleased to bank the points, which have given him a 43-point advantage in the standings with six races remaining.
The final spot on the podium was taken by Andrew Jordan (WSR BMW), who overhauled the tyre-hampered Morgan on lap 20.
The Mercedes man Morgan held on to fourth ahead of Sam Tordoff (Motorbase Performance Ford) and Josh Cook (Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall).
The first two across the line in race two, Subaru racer Ash Sutton and the Toyota of Tom Ingram, were forced to start from the back row after failing a ride height check. Sutton had 75kg of ballast and Ingram had 66kg.
Sutton blasted through the field to eighth at the flag, while Ingram finished just out the points in 16th.
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