BTCC Croft Race Two – Two out of two for Turkington

BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)Colin Turkington has taken the second win of the day during the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft.

Despite the race starting with rain, the weather – albeit slightly unpredictable at times – held off to allow the eBay Motors BMW to cross the line, with Honda Racing’s Gordon Shedden and Racing’s Tom Onslow-Cole following behind.

Rob Collard just got ahead of Andrew Jordan at the final corner to take fifth, with the pair having battled it out through the second half of the race.

The KX Momentum Racing team opted to run wet tyres on both Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff’s MGs. Despite a good start as the rain fell, getting into a team 1-2 in the opening laps, the pace of the wet tyre fell off dramatically resulting in them ending the race a lap down in 20th and 21st respectively, having decided not to pit for slicks.

BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)As rain decided to fall, the gap between the leaders decreased, with Shedden now on the tail of Turkington’s BMW and Andrew Jordan now closing in on the back of Matt Neal’s Honda Civic.

The Jack Sears Trophy was won for the first time by Welch Motorsport’s David Nye, despite pressure from both Jake Hill and Lea Wood who finished their race with a drag race across the line.

Mat Jackson, who retired during race one with damage, retired again from race two with an issue, whilst team mate Michael Caine was another wet-tyre starter who did pit for slicks stopped out on track a few laps before the end. Team HARD racers Jack Goff and James Cole also had their races stopped short.

Ollie Jackson, after his race one dilemmas didn’t take part in the second race with the team working hard to change the engine ready for race three.

BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)The third race is set to begin at 17:12, with Adam Morgan starting from the reversed pole position.

Both Jason Plato and Michael Caine were set to run the soft option tyre in the second race of the day before the call for wets was made, therefore they will both run them in the final race. Will Bratt was the only soft tyre runner in the second race.

Race Classification – point scorers:

1. Colin Turkington (eBay Motors)
2. Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing)
3. Tom Onslow-Cole ( Racing)
4. Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing)
5. Rob Collard (eBay Motors)
6. Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing)
7. Nick Foster (eBay Motors)
8. Adam Morgan (Cicely Racing)
9. Jeff Smith (Pirtek Racing)
10. Dave Newsham (Speedworks Racing)
11. Dan Welch (Welch Motorsport with Sopp & Sopp)
12. Aron Smith (Airwaves Racing)
13. Frank Wrathall (Dynojet)
14. Rob Austin (Rob Austin Racing)
15. David Nye (Welch Motorsport with Sopp & Sopp)
Fastest lap: Gordon Shedden – Lap 5 – 1.25:856   By Nikki Thompson


Both Rob Collard and Jeff Smith have been handed penalties from the stewards after the incidents in the second race of the day. Rob Collard has been handed a one-second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage on track, dropping back to sixth position behind Andrew Jordan.

Jeff Smith has been given a three-second penalty for also gaining advantage, with an added six place grid drop due to this being Smith’s third offence of the 2013 season.

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