Silverline Subaru BMR Racing’s Colin Turkington closed in on the chance of taking another British Touring Car Championship title after he took his second win of the weekend during the second race. He got an even better start in the second encounter and immediately stormed away from pole and began pulling a gap to the others.

There was drama for one of the title contenders as Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal spiralled into the tyre barriers on lap three of the race. He had just posted the fastest lap of the race but his engine stuttered as he exited Paddock Hill bend, then contact with MG’s Ashely Sutton occurred on the run down Graham Hill bend. The incident saw the Honda spear into the tyre wall, ruling Neal out of title contention. Later his luck went from bad to worse after being diagnosed with concussion and being ruled out of being able to race in the final race of the weekend. The race had to be put under a lengthy safety car period to allow the BTCC Medical Team to attend to Neal.

Victory looked to be safely in Turkington’s hands during the opening half of the race. Things looked to be about to change when his own teammate Jason Plato and Halfords Yuasa’s Gordon Shedden eventually got past Rob Austin’s Toyota Avensis. Plato began chasing down Turkington and was on the tail of the sister Levorg on the tenth lap of the race, they battled for a few laps. Eventually Plato began backing up the chasing pack instead of fighting for the win.

Josh Cook and Sam Tordoff passed Austin, Laser Tools’ Aiden Moffat followed past the ballast laiden Toyota in the hands of Austin. The latter then went on to retire shortly after with a mechanical issue. Motorbase’s Mat Jackson finished the race in seventh. Post-race the reverse grid draw took place, which saw Jackson’s number pulled out of the pot placing him up onto pole for the final race of the season. Adam Morgan took eighth for the WIX Racing team. Tom Ingram finished the race in ninth. Rob Collard rounded out the top ten but is also out of the title fight.

JCT600 with GardX’s Sam Tordoff leads by just two points from Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden. Team BMR’s Colin Turkington sits eight points behind Shedden. Matt Neal did remain in contention for the title mathematically but was ruled out of competing on medical grounds.

Eleventh went to Eurotech’s Jeff Smith ahead of RCIB Insurance Racing’s Jake Hill. Motorbase’s Andrew Jordan finished the race in thirteenth ahead of Team BKR’s Aron Smith in fourteenth and’s Ollie Jackson in fifteenth.  Sixteenth went to RCIB Insurance Racing’s Michael Epps, who also took Jack Sears honours for this race. Hunter Abbott finished in seventeenth ahead of Eurotech’s Martin Depper and Speedworks Motorsport’s Matt Simpson. Rounding out the top twenty was Team IHG Rewards Club’s Jack Goff. Twenty-first went to Team BMR’s James Cole with Dextra Racing’s Alex Martin taking twenty-second ahead of Team BMR’s Warren Scott in twenty-third. Power Maxed Racing’s Kelvin Fletcher took twenty-fourth ahead of Maximum Motorsport’s Stewart Lines in twenty-fifth. Team BKR’s Mark Howard finished in twenty-sixth ahead of Goodestone Racing’s Dan Welch in twenty-seventh and RCIB Insurance Racing’s Tony Gilham in twenty-eighth.

The three drivers who were unable to finish the race were; Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin, MG Racing RCIB Insurance’s Ashley Sutton and Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal

©Fay Tilley 3rd October 2016.