Turkington Retains His Advantage On A Thrilling Silverstone Weekend

Tom Ingram won the opening two races at Silverstone. Image thanks to BTCC.

Defending champion Colin Turkington left Silverstone with a 16-point advantage over Honda’s Dan Cammish as the title battle was played out over three thrilling races at the UK’s home of motorsport. 

Tom Ingram was the star of the show at a damp Silverstone circuit as he took the lead from pole-sitter Jason Plato in race one and went on to secure his third race victory of the season. After reeling in Plato over the opening laps, the pair rubbed bodywork on lap four before Ingram passed Plato at Luffield to take the win.

Race two saw Ingram and Plato come together again, with contact between the pair allowing the Team BMW 3 Series of Tom Oliphant to move past into 1st. However, as the rain fell and the Mercedes-Benz of Adam Morgan spun into the gravel and out of the race the safety car was called and the field bunched up again. At the restart, Oliphant ran wide at the exit of Copse Corner and fell down the order as Ingram sailed by and built up an unassailable lead to double up and win his second race of the day which was eventually red-flagged because of rain. Championship challenging duo Colin Turkington and Dan Cammish both had excellent races, moving from 14th – 2nd and 11th – 3rd respectively to the title battle well and truly on. 

Race three was another dry-wet affair as Jack Goff’s took his first victory of the season and the first for Team HARD in the BTCC. Honda Civic duo Josh Cook and Dan Cammish led the early exchanges, but after Matt Simpson spun and the safety car was called the decision to pit and change to wets would eventually prove to be a race-winning decision. After the restart, Jack Goff and Aiden Moffat surged through the field and after Moffat spun at Copse Corner trying to catch Goff the winner of the race became clear. 

After a dramatic day, it was Colin Turkington who left the Northamptonshire circuit the happiest after a series of 14th, 2nd and 7th place finishes ensured his gap to 2nd place Dan Cammish was 16 points. With Andrew Jordan one point behind in third and Tom Ingram and Josh Cook still in the mix with a chance of securing the title all eyes will be on Brands Hatch in two weeks for what will no doubt be a thilling title decider. 

Quotes After Silverstone

Colin Turkington said: “I’ve drank a lot of coffee today! We’ve been through every scenario on the track in terms of tyres. We’ve been fast all weekend. It’s been the most challenging weekend of the season to-date and we’ve come out in good shape. I didn’t give up after race one and I’ve fought back and scored good points. I’m pleased with my performance and I feel like I’m leaving in a good place. The key is going to Brands with a chance and that’s the position I’m in. You only have to watch one race day to see how unpredictable the BTCC is. It’s the pinnacle of UK motorsport. It’s top level touring car racing across the world. When you win this championship, you get the messages through and you realise just how many people are watching around the world. I’ll continue to work harder and I’m going to give it absolutely everything.” 

Andrew Jordan said: “It’s been a full-on day for the drivers and the guys and girls in the team. To have Colin (Turkington) extend his lead isn’t ideal but we’re still in touch on a day when it could have ended in tears for any of us so we should be happy with that. We’ll go to Brands Hatch ready to fight, recharged and refreshed. If I were stood on the outside, I’d want to see a bit of fire from people and as a spectator, that’s what makes it. You can agree and disagree with views and that’s the way it is. We’re not here to make friends, we’re here to win championships. If emotions boil over or whatever, that’s all part of it. I’ve not really got much to plan. All I’m going to do is go there and drive the car quickly and win some races. I’d love to win it.”

Dan Cammish said: “It’s been a really tough weekend for everyone. It was getting desperate out there for a few people and I’m just going about my business. Those laps in those conditions could have been the ones that make the difference, so you have to give it everything. A few things didn’t go my way like the red flag 100 metres before the line, where I would have gained second. It cost me six points. I feel deflated but I’ll pick my head up, drive the wheels off the thing and go for it. It’s not a million miles away, 16 points. If you’d said that in the middle of the season, I wouldn’t have believed you. The team have done great, I’ve been consistent and we’ve put up a fight. The BMW is the fastest thing out there when it’s like for like – they’ve done a fantastic job. They’re still scrabbling around though, trying to get the job done. I’ll keep hanging in there and make myself a nuisance.”

Josh Cook said: “The gap’s 36 points, which is frustrating but leaves me with a bit of an outside chance. I’ll be getting my elbows out like everybody else has this weekend. My eyes are solely on the Drivers’ standings at the minute. I know the team are keeping their eyes on the Independent Teams’ and Independent Drivers’ championships but I think we’re doing okay overall. We’ve seen what happened today with Tom Ingram getting two wins. I’m not just a mathematical option at the minute. I’m still in with a good shout. We’d have to have a stonking weekend and rely on others having a bit of bad luck but we’ve got two cars in this team that went well around Brands last year, so we’ve got to make the most of it. It’s going to be one hell of a showdown.”

Tom Ingram said: “It was fantastic. I’m really pleased as I love those conditions! What we’ve found with the Corolla is that on the faster circuits it’s just so, so good. We keep making such massive changes between events. We find things that really work and refine those. It’s never going to be a five-minute process. It was really enjoyable, and what a massive achievement for the team. I was happy to keep going. It’s nice in that situation with the drivers battling to see who’s bravest.”

Jack Goff said: “It started to sprinkle on the out-lap of race three and we made the call. It means so much to me, my family, our sponsors and the team. I couldn’t see anything. My windscreen completely steamed up with ten laps to go and I was driving through a little clear spot in the corner. It was so tricky. It’s unreal. I won my first podium with this team at Brands Hatch in 2013. It means so much for all of them. Things haven’t gone our way this year so I’m chuffed to bits.”

Championship Standings After Silverstone

1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW 297  

 2 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing 281  

 3 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing 280  

 4 Josh COOK BTC Racing 263  

 5 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters 236  

 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 228  

 7 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing 205  

 8 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing 199  

 9 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 191  

 10 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher 174  

 11 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW 171  

 12 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport 148  

 13 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 147  

 14 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing 132  

 15 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com 126  

 16 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing 117  

 17 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing 84  

 18 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing 80  

 19 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher 57  

 20 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 44  

 21 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport 40  

 22 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 34  

 23 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing 33  

 24 Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 17  

 25 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 11  

 26 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com 5  

 27 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport 4  

 28 Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance 4  

 29 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport 3  

 30 Sam OSBORNE Excelr8 Motorsport 2  

 31 Rob SMITH Excelr8 Motorsport 2  

 32 Nic HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase 0

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