Month: September 2018

BTCC 2018 | What happened last time out at Silverstone?

Ahead of the final rounds of the 2018 British Touring Car Championship, ESM looks back to what happened at Silverstone. 
BTCC 2018 Silverstone

Two new race winners at Silverstone increased the BTCC record of winners in a season to an all-time high of 16. However, wins for Sam Tordoff and Aiden Moffat were insignificant in terms of the championship, but Tom Ingram’s win helped him close the gap to Colin Turkington by the end of the penultimate weekend of racing to 34 points.

Saturday saw a first Ford RS car pole position since 1990 as Tordoff produced the fastest time just ahead of Ricky Collard and Tom Chilton. Championship contenders qualified well down the pack with Turkington 18th, Ingram 19thand Ash Sutton 25th.

BTCC 2018 Silverstone

Race one: Collard made a good start, but found himself with nowhere to go at the first corner and was forced wide as Tordoff retained the lead. After a couple of laps, the safety car was called for to rescue a beached Josh Cook, but Tordoff re-started the race well. On lap 10, Turkington was 12thand in a gaggle of cars, while Sutton had just taken Ingram for 18th.

As Collard was taking fourth from Jack Goff on lap 11, there wasn’t such good fortune for his team mate, Andrew Jordan, who retired to the pits from third. Meanwhile, Tordoff’s lead was starting to be reduced by Chilton and soon Chilton was pressuring Tordoff heavily for the win, but in the end the Motorbase pair were happy to come home with a 1-2 for the first time in a few years. (more…)

BTCC 2018 | What happened last time out at Knockhill?

Race day on the annual trip north of the border provided treacherous driving conditions, controversy and a huge lead at the top of the standings for one lucky driver.

BTCC 2018 Knockhill

Saturday’s dry qualifying session, on the freshly resurfaced track, produced the fastest ever lap around Knockhill and a maiden pole position for Dan Cammish. Stephen Jelley, who’d only managed two points all season, was a surprising second with a more familiar look of Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington on the second row. Turkington’s main challengers going into the weekend, Tom Ingram and Ash Sutton, weren’t far behind in sixth and eighth.

BTCC 2018 Knockhill

Race one: Despite the horrendous rain, the top six initially started the lap in order, before Turkington jumped Jordan and Sutton made his way to fifth. Turkington spent the race switching places with Jelley for second, until the first controversial part of the day. On lap 19, Turkington rammed the back of Jelley as they both moved over into the same part of the road, leaving Jelley stranded in the gravel trap. The safety car was called for as a result. Meanwhile, Sutton had already powered his way through to the front and had created a sizeable gap as Cammish had slipped back into fourth. Following the safety car, there were a couple of laps of racing left, although there was nothing note-worthy of mentioning, leaving Sutton to win from Turkington and Cammish.  The big discussion post-race was whether Turkington should be given a penalty for his actions. Race rating: 8/10

BTCC 2018 Knockhill

Race two:Turkington was allowed to keep his second place from race one, although he was officially reprimanded and given two penalty points, meaning he started alongside Sutton for the second race of the day in conditions that had worsened. Race two was ruined by safety cars and ultimately a red flag. The first lengthy safety car period came on the opening lap after Ollie Jackson’s Audi found its way into the barriers. After the re-start, Carl Boardley ended up in the tyres, but luckily it was just enough out of the way to prevent a second safety car. (more…)

BTCC 2018 | What happened at Rockingham?

With news that the Rockingham circuit will be turned into car storage, what happened at the last ever BTCC rounds to take place there? ESM’s correspondent was there. 

2018 BTCC Rockingham

The British Touring Car Championship rolled up at Rockingham Motor Speedway for most probably the last time, after the circuit’s change of ownership, for the latest rounds of action. Like at Snetterton last time out, the weather would play a helpful role in the events of the day.

Adam Morgan has become something of a championship stalwart, but unbelievably he had never even had an outright front row start in six years of competing, until now. Morgan secured pole on Saturday as nearly the whole field was covered by less than a second. Consistent qualifier throughout the season, Sam Tordoff, was second with Dan Cammish third, Mike Bushell an impressive fourth and the BTC Norlin duo of Dan Lloyd and Chris Smiley rounded out the top six. The main championship protagonists, Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington, were 13thand 12threspectively.

Race one: Morgan and Tordoff got away well, but drama ensued at Deene Hairpin, the first braking zone of the lap, as Cammish out-braked himself after trying to make up for a poor start. He hit the rear of Tordoff and turned him around and as the rest of the field tried to filter through, there was often nowhere for cars to go and chaos reigned. Unsurprisingly, the safety car was called for and, at the same time, drizzle started to fall. (more…)