Colin Turkington claimed WSR’s 100th race win in the British Touring Championship in the opening race at Knockhill today. It was a relatively straight-forward lights to flag win for the BMW squad, even with a race restart thrown into the mix.
Turkington took advantage of his pole position start from the off, opening up a gap at the head of the field, before Dan Lloyd in the Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Astra collided with the barriers on the exit of the Chicane. With a number of laps under the control of the safety car, the race duration was extended from 24 to 27 laps; and on the restart Turkington left everyone in his wake to cruise to victory 4.254s gap to Senna Proctor and Josh Cook – giving BTC Racing a double podium in today’s opener.
In a tightly contested race, there we some movers throughout the field. Ash Sutton made his way forward from P6 on the grid to round out Race 1 in 4th place. Gordon Shedden made his way up the order from P11 to P8 – overtaking brother-in-law Rory Butcher in the process – who finished his race in P9. And, the other Scot, Aiden Moffat held station starting and finishing the race in 7th position.
Colin Turkington will start the next BTCC race from pole, with Proctor, Cook and Sutton taking the remaining front and second row positions. The next BTCC race is scheduled for 14.40pm and will once again be run over 24 laps.
It will be interesting to see if both Shedden and Sutton can continue their surge up the order in race 2.