3 winners in bruising BTCC Knockhill races

Matt Neal, Mat Jackson and Rob Collard shared the spoils in a physical British Touring Car Championship meeting at Knockhill in Scotland.

Championship leader Colin Turkington qualified on pole for Race 1 in his eBay Motors BMW, with over 0.4 seconds in hand over the MG KX Clubcard car of Sam Tordoff.

But a penalty from the previous meeting at Snetterton dropped Turkington down to ninth on the grid.

32 cars jostling for position on a circuit barely more than a mile long was bound to produce tight racing, and so it proved to be.

Tordoff led the field from the line, with Rob Austin in close attendance. Everyone behind battled for position but they all kept there noses clean until lap 9.

Robb Holland in the Rotek Audi was delayed as he lost a position, giving Dan Welch an opportunity to capitalise. But Welch misjudged the move, and launched his Proton over a kerb and into the Audi. Both retired.

A few laps later, Andrew Jordan took Gordon Shedden at the first corner, forcing Shedden wide at turn two. The Honda Civic Tourer rotated on the marbles and collected Jordan, breaking his rear suspension. Shedden continued.

Meanwhile, Jackson and Turkington were desperately trying to find a way past Jason Plato, who was struggling for pace in his MG but taking up the entire road in a masterclass on defensive driving.

Turkington managed to out-drag Plato over the start line and swept past into turn 1. But he ran wide and found that three-into-one doesn’t work at turn 3, as Jackson tried to slip up Plato’s inside.

With Turkington stuck in the gravel, the safety car was thrown. Through all this, Matt Neal had managed to take the lead and held onto it to takes his first win in over 12 months. Austin finished second while Shedden recovered to third.

Jackson started from fourth in Race 2 and pushed his way through to the lead. His passage was eased when Shedden was spun down the order and Neal was given a drive-through penalty for a jumped start.

Plato and Austin scrapped over third while Turkington had the drive of the season so far, fighting through from 27th on the grid to fourth at the finish.

Jackson’s victory was his first since 2012 and the very first for the Motorbase-built Airwaves Racing Ford Focus.

Tenth-placed Nick Foster started from pole for the reverse-grid Race 3. He led the early stages as his eBay teammate, Rob Collard, made light work of Tom Ingram, Dave Newsham and Fabrizio Giovanardi.

Foster and Collard duelled for a couple of laps before Collard took the lead, which he held to the end. A small mistake saw Foster fall back, as did Giovanardi.

That left local man Newsham second, with Turkington third and Foster fourth. The trio fought it out, but Newsham was able to hold off their advances and take AmD Tuning’s first BTCC podium.

Despite only taking a single podium finish all weekend, Turkington holds onto the championship lead, albeit with a reduced 23 point advantage over Shedden.

Plato remains third, while Collard lies fourth. Reigning champion Jordan is an increasingly distant fifth.

The next rounds of the BTCC are at Rockingham on 7 September.

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BTCC Knockhill Race 1 top 10 finishers

  1. Matt Neal — Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Tourer — 27 laps
  2. Rob Austin — Exocet Racing Audi A4 — +0.230s
  3. Gordon Shedden — Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Tourer — +2.049s
  4. Mat Jackson — Airwaves Racing Ford Focus — +2.350s
  5. Jason Plato — MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT — +2.960s
  6. Adam Morgan — WIX Racing Mercedes A-Class — +3.829s
  7. Tom Ingram — Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis — +7.328s
  8. Aron Smith — Chrome Edition Restart Racing VW CC — +8.340s
  9. Dave Newsham — AmD Tuning Ford Focus — +9.231s
  10. Nick Foster — eBay Motors BMW 1-Series — +9.269s

BTCC Knockhill Race 2 top 10 finishers

  1. Mat Jackson — Airwaves Racing Ford Focus — 25 laps
  2. Jason Plato — MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT — +1.637s
  3. Rob Austin — Exocet Racing Audi A4 — +2.362s
  4. Colin Turkington — eBay Motors BMW 1-Series — +3.669s
  5. Rob Collard — eBay Motors BMW 1-Series — +5.193s
  6. Adam Morgan — WIX Racing Mercedes A-Class — +6.777s
  7. Tom Ingram — Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis — +11.206s
  8. Dave Newsham — AmD Tuning Ford Focus — +12.911s
  9. Fabrizio Giovanardi — Airwaves Racing Ford Focus — +14.912s
  10. Nick Foster — eBay Motors BMW 1-Series — +14.914s

BTCC Knockhill Race 3 top 10 finishers

  1. Rob Collard — eBay Motors BMW 1-Series — 24 laps
  2. Dave Newsham — AmD Tuning Ford Focus — +6.083s
  3. Colin Turkington — eBay Motors BMW 1-Series — +6.294s
  4. Nick Foster — eBay Motors BMW 1-Series — +6.441s
  5. Andrew Jordan — Pirtek Racing Honda Civic — +11.057s
  6. Gordon Shedden — Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Tourer — +11.495s
  7. Adam Morgan — WIX Racing Mercedes A-Class — +14.501s
  8. Alain Menu — Chrome Edition Restart Racing VW CC — +15.157s
  9. Tom Ingram — Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis — +16.962s
  10. Jason Plato — MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT — +20.409s

 

 

 

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