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Turkington claims third BTCC victory of 2016 at Snetterton

Sunday, July 31 2016

Colin Turkington won the first of today's (Sunday) Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship rounds at Snetterton, becoming the first driver to win more than two races this season. He headed home polesitter Gordon Shedden, who led the opening laps, and Mat Jackson.

Shedden was able to hold off the rear-wheel-drive Subaru of Turkington off the line, and Jackson was able to move up to third, despite his rear wheel trailing smoke after the first few corners. Behind him, Ash Sutton and Adam Morgan squabbled, whilst Tom Ingram lost places. By contrast, Jason Plato got off to a flyer, holding seventh place ahead of Josh Cook, Matt Neal and Sam Tordoff. Meanwhile Andrew Jordan and Aron Smith had miserable opening laps, but the latter was able to make up places.

Turkington was a determined man, attacking Shedden at every opportunity, and the Scotsman's defending ensured the pack remained close behind. If there was a break in the order, it was because Ingram had his mirrors full of Plato's attacking Subaru, and the Levorgs looked to be the key to developments in the later laps.

Shedden drove a very wide Honda on lap eight, using all of the road in the infield complex, but the Subaru made it through, and now Jackson was after a piece of the action. At the same time Cook's MG left the track with a puncture, dropping him out of contention.

Preoccupied with Morgan's Mercedes, Jackson was unable to capitalise on Shedden's demotion and the podium was settled in this order. With two laps to go, Sutton left the track after the Bentley Straight, the cause another puncture.

This promoted James Cole to tenth place, and with Warren Scott ninth, all four Subarus were in the top ten. Plato wasn't happy with this, however, and he launched a successful attack on Ingram, taking fifth place on the penultimate lap. The gap to Morgan was too much to ask, however, but the double champion will be inspired to continue his progress up the field in race two.

Turkington streaked away from Shedden in the final laps, coming home almost three seconds clear of the reigning champion. Plato almost caught Morgan on the final lap, whilst Ingram fended off Tordoff, who now leads eighth-place finisher Neal by 16 points in the standings, and the remaining Subarus.

After the race a happy Turkington said: "It was never going to be an easy race, as Gordon was on the soft tyre as well. I got a reasonable start, but not enough to take the lead, so I just had to be patient. I didn't expect to win today and I've never won around here in a rear-wheel-drive car, so it's super stuff."

Race two will take place at 2:02pm.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race one
1, Colin Turkington, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT, 12 Laps
2, Gordon Shedden, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +2.771s
3, Mat Jackson, Motorbase, Ford Focus, +04.042s
4, Adam Morgan, WIX Racing, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, +5.400s
5, Jason Plato, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT, +6.880s
6, Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +8.994s
7, Sam Tordoff, Team JCT600 with GuardX, BMW 125i M-Sport, +9.607s
8, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +10.172s
9, Warren Scott, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT, +11.160s
10, James Cole, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT, +12.647s

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