Baking Brands Produces Drama For BTCC Races

Three races held in baking 30c plus conditions caused drama and close racing across the 26 car grid. 

Race one with pole sitter Rory Butcher getting the best start led the field away. Turkington moved ahead of Jake Hill at the start to take third. There was drama behind as Josh Cook went for a move in the pack, running wide forcing him to pit. Matt Neal endured a tough race falling back in the pack early on, he tangled with Aiden Moffat spinning across the circuit and making contact with the barrier bringing out a late safety car. Upon the restart Cammish pressured Butcher, as they entered Druids Butchers car locked up and ran wide as the Scotsman had picked up a puncture causing heartache for the Motorbase driver and team as he looked to secure a first win for the Focus ST MK4. Cammish took the chequered flag with Turkington and Jackson behind.

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The second outing an Turkington produced a fantastic start to take the lead as Cammish struggled to get off the line losing three places. Ingram setting the fastest lap in the early stages put the pressure on Turkington in the lighter Toyota Corrolla as Cammish moved up to third to join the top two in the fight for the lead. Butcher starting last made fantastic progress, up the field as he passed thirteen cars before a safety was called, Bobby Thompson and Michael Crees had a coming together at Westfield meaning the two cars were stranded and needed recovering. The latter stages of the race after the restart Ingram set about taking the lead from Turkington. There was further drama at Surtees as Cammish’s Honda slowed allowing the pack to come through, he would carry on but finish down in 19th hurting his title bid. Tom Chilton made a move on Jackson for fourth only to slow down and retire after a power steering failure. Ash Sutton moved into third as the charging Butcher moved past Jackson to finish in fourth making up twenty-one places.

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Race three and once again Turkington picked out number 12, Moffat started on pole with Jack Goff alongside. It was Tom Oliphant who got a flying start passing Stephen Jelley and Aiden Moffat early on. There was drama at graham hill as Goff was tagged by Senna Proctor sending him across the track, he collected Tom Ingram who was forced to retire alongside Goff. Ash Sutton moved ahead of Jelley to take the fight to Oliphant. The BMW driver had to give it his all every lap to not put a foot wrong as Sutton pressured all the way, it wasn’t enough to deny Oliphant a first BTCC victory. Jelley and Moffat enjoyed their best results of the season with a 3rd and 4th. Cammish’s bad luck continued as he retired a very smoky and hot looking Civic, after shadowing Turkington for much of the race. Turkington bagged some useful points in fifth as drivers retired ahead of him. Matt Neal stormed from the back of the grid to sixth as Butcher was doing much the same until another puncture ended his challenge. Rookie James Gornall won the Jack Sears Trophy after staying with the lead group and finishing seventh.

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The drivers go again at Oulton Park in two weeks time.