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Knockhill race weekend

Kwik Fit | Sunday 15th September 2019 5:55pm

BTCC cars on track at Knockhill bend

Colin Turkington lead the driverís standings going into the Kwik Fit BTCC race weekend at Knockhill and was looking to extend his lead over Andrew Jordan. Local drivers, Rory Butcher and Aiden Moffat were looking to pick up points in front of their home fans. Knockhill is a particularly special circuit for Rory as it was his first taste of circuit experience as a 12 year old on a bike! After a family tragedy, Mike Bushell stepped in for Sam Tordoff as the team paid tribute to Arlo Tordoff.

R1

After an impressive performance in qualifying, Rory Butcher started race one of the Kwik Fit BTCC at Knockhill on pole position. He was followed by Dan Cammish and Andrew Jordan in second and third positions on the grid. Jordan managed to overtake Cammish to take second place early on in a dramatic start to the race one to become Rory Butcherís closest challenger.

The safety car came out on lap three as both Mike Bushell, standing in for Sam Tordoff, and Nic Hamiltonís races came to an early end. After the restart, Jordan got away quickly but Butcher managed to maintain a strong lead over the Team BMW driver. However, Jordan kept Butcher on his toes as he attempted to narrow the gap. With both drivers putting in speedy lap times, Butcher wasnít able to fully relax as Jordan remained close. On the last lap, Jordan managed to pass Butcher at the hairpin but his lead didnít last long as Butcher regained the lead at Duffus to take victory in race one at Knockhill. It was a special moment for Rory as he took to the podium in front of him home fans.

R2

Butcher was aiming to make it two out of two in the second race at Knockhill. However, Andrew Jordan was quick of the line and overtook Butcher off the start line. Butcher was then involved in an incident with Colin Turkington which caused Turkington to come off the track. He was able to continue but from further down the pack in 27th position. This gave Andrew Jordan a good opportunity to challenge at the top of the driverís standings. He maintained a comfortable lead going into the final laps as he built up 2.3 seconds between himself and Dan Cammish in second place. Colin Turkingtonís Championship lead was reduced to 4 points after Jordanís race two win. Although Butcher may have been hoping for more, he ended up in third place taking to the podium for the second time. Mike Bushell managed to record the fastest lap of the race with a time of 50.9 seconds while Tom Ingram enjoyed a strong race finishing in 6th place.

R3

It was a lights to flag victory for Jake Hill in race three to take his first BTCC race win. He was followed by Josh Cook in second and Adam Morgan in third. Hill controlled the race from start to finish and kept the challenge of Josh Cook at bay. The start of race three was dramatic as Andrew Jordan ended up on the gravel after trying to avoid a collision. This meant that he was unable to close the gap on Colin Turkington at the top of the driverís standings as much as he would have liked.

Next up, Silverstone

Colin Turkington holds a 10 point lead in the driver's standings after today's action at Knockhill. However, Jordan will be looking to build on his strong performance in the second race at Knockhill and challenge Turkington at the top of the table. The gap could have been a lot smaller if it wasn't for a bit of bad luck for Jordan at the start of race three. Rory Butcher moves up in the table at a circuit he clearly knows his way around ending the weekend in sixth behind Josh Cook in fourth and Dan Cammish in third. We can't wait for the next race weekend!


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