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Turkington takes BTCC opener at Snetterton

Sunday, October 25 2020

Team BMW's Colin Turkington secured a lights-to-flag victory in the BTCC opener at Snetterton despite the early attentions from Toyota rival Tom Ingram.

Turkington's 3 Series blasted away off the line with what looked to be one of the best starts of the season, as Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters' Ingram breezed by the sluggish starting MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda of Jake Hill.

Motorbase Performance's Rory Butcher was another who bogged down at the start, which seemingly created a concertina effect going into turn one. It was a nervy moment as an incident involving Ash Sutton (Laser Tools Racing), Aiden Moffat (Laser Tools Racing), Ollie Jackson (Motorbase Performance) and Tom Oliphant (Team BMW) left the latter duo spinning out of contention - potentially ending the BMW man's championship challenge.

Reigning champion Turkington declared the first lap as 'tricky' post-race, particularly so when Ingram's Toyota Corolla went side-by-side with the #1 machine around the outside at Agostini. Turkington cleverly squeezed Ingram on the exit of the turn, bringing Hill back into the battle. Hill scythed by Ingram but then ran wide on the next left at Hamilton and Ingram was back into second.

It wasn't the last time that the pair would switch positions as Turkington set about scampering away from the fight. Hill made a committed move on Ingram in the latter stages at Wilson's, and Ingram's Toyota was tipped into a half spin. It was a slightly contentious issue with Hill's move being relatively late, whilst Ingram could have potentially seen the move coming, but contact was made nonetheless and the MB Motorsport man chose to relinquish the position.

So Turkington, Ingram and Hill were confirmed in the podium positions but there was another scrapping trio behind them with Butcher (Motorbase Performance) eventually getting the better of fellow title contenders Sutton (Laser Tools Racing) and Dan Cammish (Halfords Yuasa Racing).

Sutton and Butcher's early exchanges were aggressive to the say the least as the pair bumped and barged their way down the Bentley straight and through Brundle's. Scotsman Butcher held on, however, to claw back some points on the standings leader.

Adam Morgan made up early ground as he went from tenth to seventh in the Carlube-packed Mercedes, whilst the top ten positions were completed by Josh Cook (BTC Racing), Senna Proctor (Excelr8 Motorsport) and Michael Crees (The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing). Crees drove brilliantly from 17th on the grid as the Honda Civic Type R driver also went on to take an important Jack Sears Trophy win.

Turkington and Sutton are now tied at the top of the standings after 22 contests as the race winner also grabbed a vital score for setting the fastest lap. Honda star Cammish is just eight behind the leading pair, whilst Ingram a further 15 back.

The drama continues with races 2 and 3 later this afternoon with all the action now live on ITV4.

2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship - Race 1 - Snetterton

1       Colin TURKINGTON (GBR)  Team BMW 12 laps
2       Tom INGRAM (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters +2.570s
3       Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +3.949s
4       Rory BUTCHER (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +5.135s
5       Ashley SUTTON (GBR)  Laser Tools Racing +7.125s
6       Dan CAMMISH (GBR)  Halfords Yuasa Racing +8.916s
7       Adam MORGAN (GBR)  Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +9.415s
8       Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +14.668s
9       Senna PROCTOR (GBR)  Excelr8 Motorsport +21.105s
10     Michael CREES (GBR) The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing +25.165s
11     Chris SMILEY (GBR)  Excelr8 Motorsport +26.205s
12     Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +26.968s 
13     Matt NEAL (GBR)  Halfords Yuasa Racing +27.199s
14     Tom OLIPHANT (GBR)  Team BMW +29.603s 
15     Carl BOARDLEY (GBR)  HUB Financial Solutions with Team HARD +30.274s
16     Tom CHILTON (GBR)  BTC Racing +32.531s
17     Sam OSBORNE (GBR)  MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +32.342s
18     Jack GOFF (GBR)  RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +33.532s
19     Paul RIVETT (GBR)  GKR TradePriceCars.com +37.581s
20     Jack BUTEL (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +40.103s
21     Ollie JACKSON (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +46.232s
22     Jessica HAWKINS (GBR)  Power Maxed Car Care Racing +51.869s
23     Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR)  ROKiT Racing with Team HARD +55.861s
24     Ethan HAMMERTON (GBR)  GKR TradePriceCars.com +1:08.252s
25     Glynn GEDDIE (GBR)  RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1:21.761s
26     Andy NEATE (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +1:49.522s
27     Aiden MOFFAT (GBR)  Laser Tools Racing +1 lap