BTCC Knockhill Race Two – Turkington dominates to take second Scottish victory

Race Two - Turkington (photo by Marc Waller)Colin Turkington dominated the field to win the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Knockhill.

The Irishman – who took his first ever victory at the Scottish track during the day’s first race – easily won despite carrying full success ballast ahead of second place man Rob Austin, achieving his best result of the year in his WIX Racing NGTC Audi.

A good start by Austin saw him take his winning position from reigning champion Gordon Shedden early on in the race, forcing the Honda Racing driver having to settle for third place come the fall of the chequered flag.

Rob Collard in the second eBay Motors BMW continued his strong performance to take fourth ahead of Honda Racing’s Matt Neal and Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan, who both battled for fifth place until the end of the race.

The two MG KX Momentum Racing runners Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff finished in seventh and eighth respectively – the pair still unable to get to grips with the MG6 on Scottish tarmac.

There were battles for position throughout the field, including a close fight in the S2000 class, with Liam Griffin and Lea Wood fighting for position. Griffin got the position from Wood to take his second Jack Sears win of the day, with David Nye falling back having made a pit stop due to a trip through the gravel.

Race Two - OC and Jackson (photo by Marc Waller)Austin - R2 (photo by Marc Waller)Mike Bushell in only his second touring car race for IP Tech Race Engineering had a very successful run and fought during the latter stages of the race with the BMR Restart Passat of Warren Scott, with Bushell finishing behind the VW in seventeenth.

Aiden Moffat’s second career race ended abruptly after suspension damage saw him head for the barrier at the exit of the chicane. Adam Morgan and Will Bratt were also retirees from the race with respective issues with their cars.

Electrical issues for Airwaves Racing’s Aron Smith saw him stranded on the grid as the race got underway. Despite managing to get his NGTC Focus into the pit lane, he was unable to get underway and will start the third race of the day from the back of the field.

Paul O’Neill, who made a dramatic return in the first race, was also unable to start due to the damage acquired during his incident with eBay Motors’ Nick Foster.

Andrew Jordan was drawn out to start the third race from pole position ahead of Matt Neal, with Rob Collard and Gordon Shedden lining up on row two.

Race Two Classification:
1. Colin Turkington
2. Rob Austin
3. Gordon Shedden
4. Rob Collard
5. Matt Neal
6. Andrew Jordan
7. Jason Plato
8. Sam Tordoff
9. Mat Jackson
10. Dave Newsham
11. Dan Welch
12. Frank Wrathall
13. Tom Onslow-Cole
14. Nick Foster
15. Ollie Jackson
Fastest lap: Colin Turkington – Lap 3 – 53.018   By Nikki Thompson – Photos by Marc Waller

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