Kwik Fit | Saturday 28th September 2019 2:30pm
Heading into Knockhill, Colin Turkington had a solid 30 point lead at the top of the table. However, the dramatic race weekend at Knockhill saw his lead cut to just 10 points ahead of Silverstone. Team-mate Andrew Jordan was looking to make the race for the title even tighter ahead of the final race weekend at Brands Hatch. Dan Cammish in third was hoping for success at a circuit which should suit the Hondas of Halfords Yuasa Racing. He would need a good points haul to keep himself in contention at the top end of the Championship and to keep up with the pace of the WSR BMWs.
Free Practice One
Jason Plato was the early pace-setter. In Free Practice One, he left it late but Plato recorded the fastest lap of the first Free Practice session at Silverstone. As the weather cleared up, the lap times got faster. Dan Cammish finished a narrow 0.046 seconds behind Plato followed by Ash Sutton with the third fastest time.
Free Practice Two
Plato was top of the times again in the second Free Practice session driving the Vauxhall Astra. The Halfords Yuasa Racing duo of Dan Cammish and Matt Neal recorded the second and third quickest times in the second morning session at Silverstone.
It was an incredibly tight qualifying session at Silverstone with just 0.275 seconds between Tom Chilton in P11 and Jason Plato on pole. It was a perfect Saturday for Plato as he topped the timesheets in all 3 sessions. Title rivals Turkington and Jordan will start race one from further down the ground. Turkington will start in P6 with Jordan starting from P14. Jordan will be looking to move through the field to try and close the gap on Turkington ahead of the final race weekend at Brands Hatch.
Michael Crees achieved his first podium of the season on our Racing Bug. After qualifying, 10 drivers headed over to the Kwik Fit stand to challenge each other on our Racing Bug. Behind the smiles and laughter, the BTCC drivers were fiercely competitive as usual. Crees took 1st place with Chris Smiley and Ollie Jackson joining him on the podium. Thanks to the generosity of the drivers and the fans for helping us to raise money to support the incredible work of Children with Cancer UK.
Tom Ingram recorded his third win of the 2019 Kwik Fit BTCC season in the new Toyota Corolla. Plato set off on pole and had a good start to the race. However, Ingram managed to overtake Matt Neal and Chris Smiley and eventually Plato too to take the race win. Speedworks and Toyota are still making improvements on the car between each race and they are excited to see what the car will be able to do next season. Proving its strength on wet and fast circuits, the Toyota is proving to be a strong BTCC car. Main title rivals Jordan and Turkington came in 8th and 14th places. The pressure is on Turkington heading into today's next two races!
It was two out of two for Tom Ingram in race 2 at Silverstone to put him back in contention for the BTCC title. However, Turkington responded well to the pressure he was under by finishing race two in 2nd position. Dan Cammish joined them on the podium in 3rd place. It was a disjointed second race as rain and periods under the safety car made it difficult for the drivers. Ingram kept his cool and was rewarded with his second race win of the day. It was a frustrating race for Andrew Jordan who will be hoping to score some points from 4th position on the grid in race three.
Race three saw Jack Goff get the first BTCC race win for Team Hard. The unpredictable weather conditions made this an exciting race. Tyre choice was a crucial factor as the decision whether to run on the Dunlop Sport Maxx dry tyres or the Dunlop Bluresponse wets was an important factor on the race outcome. The safety car came out early to allow Matt Simpson's car to be recovered. Jack Goff and Aiden Moffat took advantage of this and they were the front runners who were left to fight it out at the front of the pack. Aiden Moffat span but recovered well to keep 2nd place. This meant that Goff ran out as the race winner for the first time for Team Hard. There were celebrations all round for Team Hard as both Michael Crees and Bobby Thompson also finished in the top ten and recorded points on the board.
The Title Race
After an exciting weekend of racing action at Silverstone, Colin Turkington now has a 16 point lead over Dan Cammish who has moved above Andrew Jordan into second place. However, Turkington will be looking over his shoulder at Brands Hatch to ensure that he retains the championship title.
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