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Double top for Turkington in incident-filled BTCC race two

Sunday, August 09 2015

Colin Turkington has taken a second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory at Snetterton today (Sunday), surviving a chaotic race and emulating team-mate Jason Plato by becoming only the second man to win two races in the same day this year.

The red lights went out quickly, catching out front-row starter Sam Tordoff as Adam Morgan and Andy Priaulx took advantage to pass into Riches, whilst behind Rob Collard's rotten luck continued. Then Gordon Shedden spun out of contention after an incident with team-mate Matt Neal, who had started on the same row. The triple champion was circulating with front bodywork damage, which would ultimately end his race.

Before then Neal was holding back several cars, with Mat Jackson and Josh Cook lining up to pass the damaged Honda. The other Power Maxed Chevrolet of Dave Newsham had been involved in a collision with Aron Smith, which ended the Irishman's race, and throughout the field there were several incidents, including one between the Eurotech Hondas and Warren Scott's BMR VW CC.

Out of the chaos, Turkington lapped clear of a quartet consisting of Morgan, Priaulx, Tordoff and Plato, now in a strong position to capitalise on the Honda team's issues. Behind them, Jack Goff led team-mate Andrew Jordan, who had his mirrors full of Tom Ingram's Toyota.

Morgan was driving a defensive race in second place, and as the BMWs tried to demote him down the order, Plato got an overlap on Tordoff and was through into fourth place. This made Priaulx ever more desperate to pass the WIX Mercedes, but Morgan held his nerve, positioning his car in all of the right places to stay ahead.

On the final lap Priaulx attacked into Riches, but this brought Plato into play. However, the double champion's subsequent attack dropped him back into Tordoff's clutches. Priaulx tried once more into Coram but could do nothing about the Mercedes, and the quartet contrived to finish in the same order.

There was heartbreak for Ingram on the final lap, and he dropped down the order with a puncture, promoting Mike Bushell into the top ten.

The final BTCC race of the day will take place at 4:57pm. Goff will start on pole after inaugural BTCC champion Jack Sears drew sixth place from the grid draw.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race two
1, Colin Turkington, Team BMR, VW CC, 12 Laps
2, Adam Morgan, WIX Racing, Mercedes A-Class, +3.140s
3, Andy Priaulx, WSR, BMW 125i M-Sport, +3.320s
4, Jason Plato, Team BMR, VW CC, +3.502s
5, Sam Tordoff, WSR, BMW 125i M-Sport, +3.757s
6, Jack Goff, MG Racing, MG6 GT, +5.280s
7, Andrew Jordan, MG Racing, MG6 GT, +14.236s
8, Mat Jackson, Motorbase, Ford Focus, +21.381s
9, Rob Austin, Exocet Alcosense Racing, Audi A4, +24.378s
10, Mike Bushell, AmDtuning.com, Ford Focus, +25.172s

Click here for a full result.

The next major event at Snetterton is the Avon Tyres British GT Championship on 22/23 August. Tickets are available online from £18, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.