Turkington takes third BTCC title

Colin Turkington took his third Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, despite having a poor day at Brands Hatch.

Race 1

Round 28 saw all of the top five cars being a Honda Civic Type R, with WIX Racing driver Brett Smith taking pole position on the grid, alongside Dan Cammish. Early in the race saw Cammish take the lead from Smith, where he stayed for the remainder of the race to take his first win in BTCC and become the 17th winner of a race this season. Behind saw the race winners teammate battling with Jack Goff, before passing Brett Smith to make it a one-two for Team Dynamics. Some team tactics were deployed by Shredded Wheat Racing, to allow Tom Chilton to make a pass on his teammate James Cole, but it wasn’t enough to give Chilton a chance of winning the title.

This meant that it came down to Colin Turkington and Tom Ingram who finished 12th and 14th retrospectively.

Race 2

Race two of three saw Cammish take pole from his teammate Matt Neal. Cammish made an amazing start from pole, where he stayed for the remainder of the race to see him take his second win of the day, closely followed by Neal once again due to Jack Goff having to retire from second place due to an issue with the car. Further down the field, Tom Ingram started from 14th position and he had an amazing race which saw him finish fourth. However, this wasn’t going to be enough for Ingram due to Turkington running in 11th place until he was forced off the track by BTC Norlin driver Dan Lloyd and went down to 22nd. Ultimately, fourth still wasn’t enough for the ever-charging Tom Ingram, which meant Turkington won the championship before the day had finished.

Race 3

The final race of the BTCC season saw Josh Cook start from pole after the draw for the reversed grid. However, Cook couldn’t hold onto his lead despite some excellent defensive driving for the whole race, with Team BMR Subaru Levorg driver Ash Sutton going around the outside of the final corner to take the win by 0.032s. This was Sutton’s sixth win of the season, which meant a solid fourth place in the standings after winning the championship this year.

Champion Turkington came home in 23rd place, with his close rival Ingram coming home in a very respectable fifth place.

So after a hectic season, which saw 17 different race winners and some very exciting racing, Team BMW driver Colin Turkington took his third BTCC crown despite Tom Ingram’s best efforts.

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