Honda Civic Type R motorist Matt Simpson claimed his initial attainment in a Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship during Oulton Park currently – though was afterwards forced to skip a rest of a competition assembly due to an engine problem that was diagnosed shortly after his breakthrough win.
Simpson was on tip form all weekend and cumulative his initial stick position during subordinate on Saturday, environment a customary of 1min 25.750sec around a 2.23-mile Cheshire circuit.
Come competition day, all eyes were on him to see either he could withstand a vigour and modify his grid advantage into a competition lead during a start. Lining adult behind him on a starting grid were several proven competition winners, namely: Sam Tordoff (Ford Focus RS); Tom Chilton (Ford Focus RS); Andrew Jordan (BMW 125i M Sport) and Matt Neal (Civic Type R).
Simpson done no mistakes and led from start to finish, gripping out of stretch of a sneaking Chilton until a final lap, when Simpson’s pursuer sealed to within +0.265sec as a personality began to onslaught with vanishing brakes.
There was another slight regard during a competition since a leader’s Civic Type R was frequently emitting fume from a nearside-front corner, though Simpson, from West Drayton in Middlesex, kept his cold to explain attainment for a initial time in 68 BTCC competition starts.
Having been demoted by Chilton on path one, Tordoff spent many of a competition fending off Jordan. Neal was a waste fifth, and Colin Turkington (BMW 125i M Sport) dull out a tip 6 after surpassing good from ninth on a grid.
By rights Simpson should have started a day’s second 15-lap competition from stick position, though he was incompetent to take adult his position on a grid; those worrying wisps of fume seen during a opening competition signified a deeper emanate that compulsory an whole engine change, that couldn’t be finished in time.
Under a skin of the Honda Civic Type R BTCC car
His set-back towering Chilton to stick position and Jordan to a outward of a front row. Chilton resisted an conflict from Jordan on a drag to a initial right-hander, Old Hall Corner, to keep a beginning during a start.
Behind a leaders, Colin Turkington – who had started from fifth on a grid – done a attack start to run fourth, that he converted to third when he slipped past Sam Tordoff during a start of path two. Matt Neal deposed Tordoff even serve before a finish of a lap.
Turkington sliced past Jordan for second underneath braking for Lodge, a final right-hand dilemma of a lap, during a finish of path three. Two laps after a BMW male steady a pierce on personality Chilton and immediately started to lift clear.
Another motorist on a pierce was Neal, who got past Jordan on path 5 for third and fast sealed adult on Chilton, hidden second place from a Focus during a start of path eight.
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Turkington’s clever competition gait tiny Neal’s charge, however, with a BMW male usually stretching his advantage all a approach to a checkered dwindle for his 46th attainment in a championship – and his initial of a 2018 season. The 36-year-old tearfully dedicated a win to his mum, Mavis, who upheld divided recently.
Neal took second with Chilton only facing Jordan for third, that was an considerable outcome give he was lugging around 66kg of success counterbalance after his lectern in competition one. James Cole (Ford Focus RS) corroborated adult his seventh-place finish in competition one with a battling fifth, with Rob Collard (BMW 125i M Sport) rounding out a tip 6 after Tordoff late a few laps from a finish with a glow underneath a carp of his Focus RS. It was an emanate that ruled him out of a third and final BTCC competition of a day.
The incidentally topsy-turvy grid for that third competition promoted Rob Austin – who finished seventh in competition dual – to stick position in his Alfa Romeo Giuletta, forward of Collard, Cole and Jordan.
Collard seized a lead as Austin got some wheelspin divided from a start though behind them a nasty multi-car collision in a center of a container forced a competition to be stopped to capacitate a marshals to safely transparent a wreckage.
When a condensed competition restarted, Collard steady a attainment and swept around a outward of Austin into Old Hall Corner to seize a lead. The dual span led divided from Jordan, who nipped forward of Cole for third.
Turkington slipped past Chilton for fifth during a finish of path dual and was followed by by Goff. This span sealed on to a behind of a realistic Cole, and it took them a handful of laps to overthrow a Focus RS, by that indicate a tip 3 were a prolonged approach adult a road.
Collard usually built his lead all a approach to a checkered flag, holding his 15th career win, but there was heartbreak for Austin as a Alfa suffered a unsuccessful driveshaft on path nine. That towering Jordan to second and Turkington to third, forward of a waste Goff. Adam Morgan (Mercedes-Benz A-Class) fought adult from 11th on a grid to fifth, with Tom Ingram (Toyota Avensis) seizing sixth from Cole on a final path of a race.
Today’s formula meant that with 12 races completed, Turkington has jumped to a conduct of a standings with 124 points, forward of Adam Morgan (Mercedes-Benz A-Class) and Goff, who are tied on 112. Ingram is fourth on 103 points forward of Josh Cook (Vauxhall Astra) on 100 and Neal on 98.
The subsequent Dunlop MSA BTCC eventuality takes place during Croft in North Yorkshire on 23/24 June.