Snetterton: Jackson, Welch at odds over race two clash

Ollie Jackson and Dan Welch fail to agree on where the fault lies regarding their race two altercation during the second Snetterton BTCC race.
AmD Tuning's Ollie Jackson and Goodestone Racing's Dan Welch are at odds as to where the fault lies for their spectacular altercation during the second British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton.

The pair came together during a frenetic opening lap whilst battling towards the rear end of the midfield pack.

Jackson's Audi S3 careered into the Armco barrier while Welch's Proton inconveniently shuddered to a halt on the middle of the circuit, perilously facing the oncoming traffic.

With nowhere to go, MG's Ashley Sutton ended up slamming into Welch's stricken Proton while Hunter Abbott, Stewart Lines, Mark Howard and Alex Martin were also caught up the melee - all emerged uninjured from the skirmish.

Jackson's Audi may return to the fray for the final encounter but Welch's Proton Persona bore the brunt of the incident, suffering terminal damage as a result.

Describing the incident Welch said: "I had a good start and the race was going well. The pace we've got at the minute is slowly catching on," said Welch.

"I had a good start, got on the inside of Ollie [Jackson] into turn 7 onto the back straight and he basically should have conceded the position instead of hanging it on the outside of the corner.

"The car has done its job because it's saved me but it's a write off. It's one of those things. He tried to hang onto my rear quarter until he went out wide.

“The car is totalled. I reckon I might have one good corner left on it. I was in the middle of the track and thought 'this is going to hurt'.”

Jackson didn't share the same opinion: "I was on the outside, Dan [Welch] leaned against me, pushed me off the track, broke his suspension in the process and collected me, which sent me across the track.

"We might get the car back out for race three but it's not a dead cert. The boys are working absolutely flat out so fingers crossed.

"We suffered suspension and front end damage but the shells and sub-frames are straight so we're all good apart from that."

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Dan Welch (GBR) Goodestone Racing Proton Persona
BMW returns to the BTCC with WSR
Ashley Sutton - Subaru Team BMR [pic credit BTCC]
Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, [Credit: BTCC media]
Matt Simpson, Team Dynamics, [Credit: BTCC Media]
Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport [Credit: Handy Motorsport]
Andrew Jordan, WSR Pirtek BMW [Credit:Jakob Ebrey]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing [Credit: Halfords Yuasa]
Ant Whorton-Eales,, BTCC [Credit:]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Senna Proctor, Power Maxed Racing, BTCC [Credit: BTCC media]

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