Croft Circuit: Turkington secures second BTCC Croft victory

BMW's Colin Turkington on top again at the BTCC race of the day at Croft.
BTCC championship leader Colin Turkington tightens his grip on the title race after another flawless victory at Croft.

Turkington, again starting from pole, did this time have to soak a marginal amount of pressure from Honda's Gordon Shedden, who was seemingly able to keep a closer tab of the BMW 1 Series.

But, as was the case in race one, the Ulsterman got stronger and stronger as the laps progressed to eventually build an unassailable six-second margin ahead of Shedden.

The WSR mans success was also the 30th of his BTCC career and also his tenth around the Croft circuit. He now also leads the title standings by 20 points from the Civic Tourer of Shedden.

Matt Neal joined his Honda team mate on the podium in third following a couple of perfectly executed manoeuvres into the Sonny In corner.

His first victim came in the shape of Jason Plato, who was again proving his MG to be the widest car on the circuit.

Plato seemingly struggling more so for performance in the previous race was an easier target this time and Neal, massively fast through Barcroft corner, carried his superior momentum into Sonny In to plant a bold on in the inside of the MG6.

Neal then executed the same move onto the third placed BMW of Rob Collard, who also had no answer for the Civic Tourer and settled for fourth.

Reigning champion Andrew Jordan also repeated the same overtake onto Plato at Sonny In with the Triple Eight MG clearly struggling to keep its front tyres in decent shape.

The drama didn't end there for Plato as the former double champion and BTCC legend Alain Menu rolled back the years with an intriguing near race long tussle.

The battle ended in disaster however as Menu, who looked to have pulled a simple pass for position into turn one, suddenly careered into the barriers after contact from the outside from Plato, looking to attempt the switchback into the following corner – the MG finishing sixth while Menu retired.

Airwaves' Mat Jackson was the first to inherit in seventh and was closely followed by Sam Tordoff in eighth.

BTCC rookie Tom Ingram found himself in the top ten again after making the most of the soft rubber he chose to run in the second race to finish ninth.

Fabrizio Giovanardi leapt into the top ten for the first time this weekend and amazingly will start the third race, for the second this season, on the reverse grid pole position after picking his number out of the draw again.

Tagged as: BMW , Colin Turkington , Croft

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