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Shedden and Neal team up for podium double in BTCC finale

Shedden and Neal team up for podium double in BTCC finale

02/10/2017, England, Motorsport - Road Racing, British Touring Car Championship, Article # 24344924

Shedden and Neal team up for podium double in BTCC finale
  • Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal fight hard for rostrum result
  • Halfords Yuasa Racing outscores all rivals in 2017 finale
  • Honda Civic Type R proves prowess come rain and shine

Halfords Yuasa Racing duo Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal claimed a podium finish apiece in a pulsating 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship finale this weekend (30 September / 1 October), as the reigning champion went down fighting at Brands Hatch GP.
Around the legendary former Formula 1 circuit, Neal qualified sixth on the 30-strong grid, with Shedden – carrying more success ballast by dint of his higher championship position – only three tenths-of-a-second further back, but in a closely-matched field, that equated to just 16th place.
The defending title-holder – still in with a slim chance of retaining his hard-fought crown – produced a storming drive in race one to scythe through the pack on a damp track on slick tyres to seventh at the chequered flag, comfortably posting fastest lap along the way.
Neal struggled more in the tricky conditions and wound up three spots further back in tenth, before both men went on a charge in race two, working in tandem to fight their way to second (Shedden) and third at the chequered flag, in so doing securing Honda’s third podium double of the season.
As the rain returned for the day’s third and final encounter, the pair battled hard with hefty success ballast on-board, with Shedden ultimately flashing across the finish line in sixth and Neal just behind in eighth to cement fourth and seventh positions in the Drivers’ championship respectively.
Halfords Yuasa Racing and Honda won the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ awards for the weekend, to snare second spot in the overall Teams’ standings and third in the Manufacturers’ classification.
Gordon Shedden:
“Qualifying left us on the back foot and with a mountain to climb. It wasn’t a bad run by any means – we were only three tenths behind Matt even with the extra weight on-board, but as expected it was pretty tight. After that, all three races were very enjoyable, with plenty of fun battles. We made a lot of progress in race one – tyre choice was a bit of a lottery, but slicks were definitely the right call – and then the Civic Type R felt fantastic in race two and we were able to really fight our way through. Race three was obviously a disappointing way to finish; we just didn’t get the wet set-up right, which made it hard work. We gave it our best shot and whilst it wasn’t quite enough on this occasion, we’ll come back stronger next year.”
Matt Neal:
“The weekend got off to a solid start in qualifying, which put us in a good position but then race one didn’t go to plan. We struggled in the greasy conditions and we’re not quite sure why. Race two was much better; the car felt fantastic, especially through the quick stuff, where it was really strong. I actually thought we had the legs to go for the win halfway through, but to finish on the podium was still a great result. Unfortunately, we had predicted that race three would be dry so we set the car up accordingly – and then of course the heavens opened! I did my best to help ‘Flash’ in his fight for third in the championship and it certainly got a bit ‘busy’ out there at times. We didn’t quite make it, which is reflective of the season in general – but there’s always next year...”
Final Drivers’ Standings
1. Ashley Sutton 372 points
2. Colin Turkington 351 points
3. Tom Ingram 311 points
4. Gordon Shedden 309 points
5. Rob Collard 256 points
6. Jack Goff 245 points
7. Matt Neal 243 points
Final Manufacturers’ Standings
1. BMW 782 points
2. Subaru 751 points
3. Honda 726 points
4. Vauxhall 580 points
5. MG 369 points
Final Teams’ Standings
1. Team BMW 594 points
2. Halfords Yuasa Racing 545 points
3. Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 513 points
4. Speedworks Motorsport 307 points
5. Eurotech Racing 286 points
6. Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo 235 points
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Ashley Sutton crowned BTCC champion

Ashley Sutton crowned BTCC champion

02/10/2017, England, Motorsport - Road Racing, British Touring Car Championship, Article # 24344836

Ashley Sutton crowned BTCC champion
Subaru star seals title on dramatic day at Brands Hatch

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing's Ashley Sutton has won the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after a dramatic day of racing at Brands Hatch.
Colin Turkington's sensational race two win left Sutton with just a six point advantage going into the season finale and a nail biting climax seemed set to grip the legendary Kent circuit.
The action had already commenced in tumultuous fashion when pole-sitter Jack Goff spun away his advantage in the opening race amidst greasy conditions.
Having the unenviable task of being the first driver to run on the damp surface through one of motorsport’s most daunting corners – Paddock Hill Bend – Goff lost control of his Eurotech Racing Honda and ended up in the barrier.
Aiden Moffat – the BTCC’s youngest ever driver – went on to produce a mature defensive masterclass to win the race, with Tom Ingram and Sutton finishing second and third respectively.
Race two will live long in the memory as Team BMW’s Turkington kept his title chances alive with a sensational victory.
The double BTCC champion surged from 15th on the grid – making incredible pass after pass – to eventually muscle his way by long-time leader Moffat to clinch an emotional win. Turkington also had to get past title rival Sutton during a quite sublime performance, leaving the title race tantalisingly poised going into the 30th and final round.
A pre-race rain shower ahead of the showdown saw the vast majority of the field switching to Dunlop BluResponse wet tyres on the grid – further adding to the tension – with Turkington and Sutton among those leaving it late to make the change.
Turkington made a clean getaway from tenth on the grid with Sutton following his title rival just behind. The duo made their way through the order in the early running, but disaster struck Team BMW's Turkington just as he looked to have broken away from his main competitor.
Ingram's Toyota touched the Ford of Mat Jackson through Graham Hill Bend on lap two, forcing the latter wide on the exit of the turn. As Jackson's Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo car returned to the track there was unfortunate contact made with the oncoming 1-Series of Turkington.
It was immediately clear that the rear-right upright on Turkington's car had broken and his title dream was over. Sutton nipped through into fourth, although his advances were merely academic as Turkington's inevitable retirement meant the young Subaru star had already secured a fantastic maiden BTCC title, also becoming the youngest champion in the modern era.
The race win went to Handy Motorsport's Rob Austin – the third of his BTCC career – as he pulled clear of the chasing pack in fine style. As rain continued to descend on the famous Grand Prix circuit and Jack Goff claimed a hard-earned second place, which was just reward for the pace shown by the Eurotech Racing driver over the course of the weekend.
The loudest cheer, however, went to Sutton as he completed the podium positions after a pass by pole-sitter Michael Epps. Sutton's season statistics of six race wins and a total of 14 podiums are testament to the speed and brilliance shown by the 23-year-old, and the huge crowd rose as one to welcome home the new BTCC champion.
Ingram eventually finished fourth as he took Independent Drivers' honours, whilst also securing the Independent Teams' title for his Speedworks Motorsport squad. Furthermore, Ingram claimed third in the overall standings after seeing off the challenge from reigning champion Gordon Shedden.
Whilst facing initial disappointment for missing out on the overall Drivers' crown there was still huge joy for Team BMW as it took both the Manufacturers' and Teams' championships.
Power Maxed Racing’s Senna Proctor enjoyed another hugely competitive day as he finished his rookie campaign by lifting the coveted Jack Sears Trophy.

With the final curtain falling on another incredible Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, we will be back once again when the 2018 season gets underway here in Kent at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Ashley Sutton (Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – Drivers’ Champion) said: “Nothing can top this, nothing at all. I feel sick inside because of the buzz! I can’t thank everyone enough, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing have done me so proud this year. Whatever Colin (Turkington) was doing, I was just trying to match during the opening laps, so he didn’t get out of sight. There was a coming-together involving Colin (Turkington) and somebody else and I got a radio call with the team saying he was out, and they told me to go and enjoy myself.
“Obviously the first round here back in April wasn’t ideal and we induced the rollercoaster after what happened at Silverstone but the team kept picking me up when I needed them. I’ve always been one to set targets throughout my career so far. Every championship I’ve been a part of, I’ve achieved my target. I did it last year with the Jack Sears Trophy and now to do what we wanted to do this year, it’s an unreal feeling and it’ll take a long time to sink in. Since the end of 2014, Warren (Scott) has been the one that has taken me under his wing and he’s the one who’s given me this opportunity and got me here today. I did that for him.”
Colin Turkington (Team BMW – Drivers’ Runner-up, Manufacturers’ Champions, Teams’ Champions) said: “We gave it everything and we fought to the end. I’m just disappointed for everybody in the team, although it’s still a great achievement to win the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ titles. The guys made the right choice to go on wet tyres and we were making really good progress, but we were just unlucky with the way things unfolded. Mat (Jackson) wouldn’t even have known I was there. It was nobody’s fault – I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and the cards didn’t fall our way. What can I say? We gave it our best shot.”
Tom Ingram (Speedworks Motorsport – Independent Drivers’ Champion, Independent Teams’ Champions) said: “Absolutely remarkable. What we have achieved this season is huge. We are a little team running out of a chicken shed, but I have never seen so much passion and commitment to get the job done. The pressure was certainly on in race three when Gordon got behind me but there was no way he was going to take that place from me. I know it’s a cliché but this really is what dreams are made of and it has been an incredible year.”

Senna Proctor (Power Maxed Racing – Jack Sears Trophy Champion) said: “We sealed the Jack Sears Trophy which was the goal this year. Power Maxed Racing have done a great job for me and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it’s gone. We had a couple of races that were the ones that got away but I’m buzzing to be back next year after a great season. It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago that we were here testing the Vauxhall Astra for the first time.”
Aiden Moffat (Laser Tools Racing – Brands Hatch race winner) said: “It’s a great way to end the season and a nice belated birthday present. The Laser Tools guys and the Ciceley Motorsport mob gave me a great car – it’s felt brilliant all weekend. After getting that first win at Donington Park, we thought we'd cracked it but it turned out to be a bit of a frustrating mid-season for us. It didn’t amount to anything but to get that win today is a great result.”
Rob Austin (Handy Motorsport – Brands Hatch race winner) said: “I made some silly mistakes in races one and two earlier today. I lost my grandmother at Silverstone and she was my biggest fan – this one was for her. We’re already working hard on the Alfa Romeo for next year, and we’ve got some fantastic partners so we’ll see what we can do. Well done to Ash Sutton for winning the title.”

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 28 – Brands Hatch GP

1 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing 15 laps
2 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +0.345s
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +1.499s
Mat JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +14.474s
Tom CHILTON (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +15.802s
6 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +16.195s
Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +19.140s
8 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +29.547s
Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +31.577s
10 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +41.344s

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 29 – Brands Hatch GP

1 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW 15 laps
Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +1.605s
Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +2.246s
Mat JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +3.756s
5 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +5.923s
6 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +6.486s
Tom CHILTON (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +6.832s
Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing +7.252s
Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +7.854s
10 Michael EPPS (GBR) TAG Racing +8.001s

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 30 – Brands Hatch GP

Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport 17 laps
Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing +3.185s
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +4.741s
4 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +10.965s
Michael EPPS (GBR) TAG Racing +13.978s
Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +15.024s
Mat JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +15.330s
Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +16.008s
9 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +22.924s
10 Jake HILL (GBR) TAG Racing +24.538s


Round 28: 
Senna Proctor was given a verbal warning for an incident involving Adam Morgan
Round 29:
Colin Turkington was fined £500 and received three penalty points for an incident involving Aiden Moffat
Round 30:
Tom Ingram was officially reprimanded and received two penalty points for an incident involving Mat Jackson

Above: Ash Sutton – 2017 BTCC Champion Below top: Sutton sealed the biggest prize in British motor sport in his second season Below left: It was a head-to-head between Sutton and Colin Turkington Below right: Aiden Moffat scored a popular win in the opener Below second left: The BTCC draws the crowds at its finale Below second right: Rob Austin produced a fitting send off for his Toyota Avensis, victorious in the finale Below middle large: Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport – Independents' Champions Below third left: Team BMW – Teams' and Manufacturers' Champions Below third right: It was this close between Sutton and Turkington Below bottom large: The Ulsterman took his title chase down to the wire after a stunning victory in race two

Ash Sutton third as drama strikes Colin Turkington in BTCC title race

Ash Sutton third as drama strikes Colin Turkington in BTCC title race

01/10/2017, England, Motorsport - Road Racing, British Touring Car Championship, Article # 24331648

Jack Goff grabs another pole 
Ash Sutton third as drama strikes Colin Turkington in BTCC title race

Eurotech Racing's Jack Goff grabbed his third pole position of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship whilst drama struck the title fight in qualifying at Brands Hatch.

Rain and red flags interrupted the early running as Brett Smith and Josh Cook were among those to go off in the greasy conditions, but it was all eyes on Team BMW's Colin Turkington whose car failed to start in the pitlane.

An electrical problem struck Turkington's BMW 125i M Sport, and would plague his machine for much of the session, although his West Surrey Racing team were able to make some use of the delay to rectify the issue whilst Cook's stricken MG was retrieved from the gravel.

Fellow title contender and championship leader Ash Sutton suffered no such problems, as he clocked a sensational lap to go second in his ballast-laden Subaru Levorg following the restart. The young Adrian Flux Subaru Racing star would be relegated down to third late on after Laser Tools Racing's Aiden Moffat rounded off his own impressive day with a stellar effort.

Moffat's Mercedes had been a front-runner in an earlier practice session, and he produced the goods when it mattered to make the front row for the second time in his BTCC career. Sutton looked to respond on his final lap – setting the fastest first sector overall – but he eventually fell short.

Third still represents a huge success for Sutton as Turkington's struggles continued until deep in the session. The multiple championship winning WSR squad did a great job to eventually get the Ulsterman out on track, but with little time to make significant inroads he could only set a time quick enough for 17th on the grid.

Back up front and Handy Motorsport's Rob Austin and Power Maxed Racing's Tom Chilton performed well to line-up fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of triple BTCC champion Matt Neal.

Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport are targeting both Independents' titles this weekend and the Toyota star is nicely poised to fulfil those ambitions from seventh on the grid.

Local light Jake Hill hauled his TAG Racing VW CC around the 2.43-mile Grand Prix circuit to clinch eighth ahead of Adam Morgan's Mercedes and Jason Plato's Subaru.

So it is on to tomorrow's season finale, with three thrilling BTCC races set to decide the destiny of Britain's most coveted motor sport crown. Sutton holds a ten point lead over rival Turkington, as well as a 14-place advantage on the grid for the opener, but anything can happen in the BTCC.

A huge crowd is expected to attend the legendary Kent circuit with many more watching the live and exclusive action on ITV4, which will get underway at 10:30am.

Jack Goff said: "These boys at Eurotech Racing have given me three poles and Jeff (Smith) one – that’s more than anybody else on the grid and the Honda Civic Type R was fantastic. Being where we were in practice, we knew we had a quick car in the dry and when the rain came down, we thought our hard work was going to go to waste. We’re fully aware of a fast-starting rear-wheel drive Subaru around us but we’ll see what we can do. I’ve got nothing to lose. We’ve got the Independents’ to fight for but to go for that title, I need to go out and try and get the win here."

Aiden Moffat said: "It’s a nice change to be up at the right end of the grid after the last few qualifying sessions! Some of that has been down to bad luck, some has been small issues and some has been the driver not performing! The car felt brilliant; the Mercedes is always amazing round here. I want to thank the Laser Tools boys and the Ciceley crew for giving me a great car as always at this event. I always feel confident coming to Brands GP and we managed to put the lap together."

Ash Sutton said: "That couldn’t have gone any better for us, especially with the 14 place deficit to Colin (Turkington). The team were making me aware of that gap but they came over the radio though and said I needed four more tenths! You can never leave anything on the table and I was pushing. The start of the session was a complete write off with the weather and changing tyres over so with less than half a session to go at, it wasn’t a bad result. The car and Adrian Flux Subaru Racing have done me proud and I owe a lot to Jason who was towing me around. The 75kgs of success ballast hinder us and having that draft counteracts the ballast at least. It’s going to be a hunt for points. I know Colin’s more than capable of pushing up the order but I’ll be concentrating on my own race – I don’t need to do anything silly."

Colin Turkington said: "Obviously it was a very difficult session for the whole team. Rob (Collard) unfortunately didn’t get out, and then we found a problem on my car on the very first lap which forced us back into the pits for a long time. Thankfully, the boys managed to resolve the problem, but it left me with very little opportunity to set a representative lap time. As usual, we improved the car throughout free practice and qualifying, but the most frustrating thing is there is so much more pace still sitting in it – we just needed a few more laps to release a bit more time. On the positive side, I’m 17th instead of 30th, so at least I’m halfway up the grid but it obviously isn’t where we should be. We just need to reset now. The points are handed out tomorrow, not today, so it’s better that this happens now and whilst it’s always tough to make progress through the field, this is far from over."

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Qualifying – Brands Hatch GP

Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing 1m30.802s (96.47mph)
2 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.357s
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.363s
Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +0.459s
Tom CHILTON (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +0.481s
Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.487s
7 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +0.502s
8 Jake HILL (GBR) TAG Racing +0.505s
9 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +0.530s
10 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.543s
11 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +0.612s
12 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +0.615s
13 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +0.653s
14 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.699s
15 Mat JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +0.699s
16 Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.790s
17 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.796s
18 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.807s
19 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +0.834s
20 Michael EPPS (GBR) TAG Racing +0.871s
21 Aron TAYLOR-SMITH (IRL) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +0.891s
22 Ant WHORTON-EALES (GBR) with Cobra Exhausts +0.891s
23 James COLE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.901s
24 Josh PRICE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +1.209s
25 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +1.406s
26 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) with Cobra Exhausts +1.429s
27 Martin DEPPER (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +1.638s
28 Stewart LINES (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +2.979s
29 Josh COOK (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance NO TIME
30 Brett SMITH (GBR) Eurotech Racing NO TIME

Above: Jack Goff's third pole of the season places him nicely as he looks to hunt down leading Independent driver Tom Ingram Below top: Eurotech and Goff are on a fine run Below left: Young Scot Aiden Moffat lines up second Below right: Advantage Sutton in the race for the title – he starts third Below second left: Turkington endured issues with his BMW on the way to just 17th Below second right: A strong showing for Handy Motorsport as Rob Austin managed the fourth-fastest time Below third left: A season's-best quali for Chilton – fifth Below third right: Indy standings leader Ingram defends his points advantage from seventh Below bottom left: Local boy Jake Hill sped to an impressive eighth Below bottom right: BTCC 2017 draws to a close this weekend at Brands Hatch

Title race set for showdown after sensational day at Silverstone Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington locked in BTCC Battle Royale

Title race set for showdown after sensational day at Silverstone Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington locked in BTCC Battle Royale

18/09/2017, England, Motorsport - Road Racing, British Touring Car Championship, Article # 24190390

Title race set for showdown after sensational day at Silverstone
Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington locked in BTCC Battle 

The 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will go down to the wire at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time after a sensational penultimate race day at Silverstone saw the title picture take a number of twists and turns.
A head-to-head is poised between standings leader Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington with just ten points covering the pair, whilst Gordon Shedden and Tom Ingram still have the faintest of chances to clinch the coveted crown.
Tom Ingram, Jack Goff and Matt Neal claimed a win apiece on the day as the huge crowd enjoyed a thrilling triple-header in Northamptonshire.
Speedworks Motorsport’s Ingram took an early lead from pole-sitter Goff in the opener and the Toyota man subsequently romped on to claim his fourth victory of the season.
Eurotech Racing’s Goff kept the eventual race winner honest throughout, but Ingram would hang on until red flags ended the encounter prematurely.
Adam Morgan grabbed an impressive – if a little lonely – third place finish, but it was the accident behind that provided the main bulk of the action.
Chris Smiley’s Chevrolet and Aron Taylor-Smith’s MG touched on the run down to Maggotts on lap 14, which had a knock-on effect on those behind. Rob Collard’s BMW was collected in the melee and his damaged machine left the track, slid wildly across the grass, before firing back across the circuit at Becketts. An unsighted Will Burns then slammed into Collard’s car, with Andrew Jordan also unfortunately involved – ending the trio’s respective efforts and eventually resulting in the race being cut short.
Collard and Burns were both taken to hospital for precautionary checks, with the latter suffering rib injuries, but both were discharged later in the day.
Goff returned the favour on race one winner Ingram as the Honda Civic Type R driver claimed a hugely popular and impressive win in the second bout.
Ingram’s Toyota made another stellar getaway as the pole position man fended off Goff’s Honda out of the traps. Goff hounded Ingram in the early running, however, and made a firm move stick into Becketts on lap three. Goff then went on take a dominant victory – his first for Eurotech Racing.
The scrap for the final podium position had implications on the title race with championship leader Sutton making a last gasp move on rival Turkington.
Team BMW’s Turkington was in defensive mode as Sutton nosed his Subaru down the inside into Luffield on the final tour, and the former couldn’t hang on as the young standings leader completed the pass on the approach to Woodcote.
Stewards reviewed the incident post-race, however, and Sutton was subsequently penalised for the move – the podium place awarded to Turkington as a result. As this was the young star’s third penalty strike of the season, he was then forced to start the final contest from the back of the grid.
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Neal surged from 12th on the grid to win the final thriller, which also saw Power Maxed Racing’s Rob Huff and BTC Norlin Racing’s Dave Newsham score crowd-pleasing podium finishes.
Pole-sitter Newsham bogged down from pole position, enabling Huff’s Vauxhall to inherit the lead early on.
Speedworks Motorsport’s Ingram picked up the baton in challenging Huff for the lead and the duo went side-by-side at mid-distance, but Huff’s staunch defence was enough to see off the Toyota.
Neal was busy making ground and when he disposed of Ingram, Newsham and Adam Morgan’s Mercedes with relative ease, the triple BTCC champion then began hauling in Huff’s Vauxhall Astra. 
The latter’s defence was finally broken on lap 21 of 25 as Neal’s Honda nipped up the inside at Becketts. The veteran racer went on to extend his advantage over the remainder of the race to take his 61st BTCC victory.
The title chase took another incredible twist when Turkington’s BMW got caught up in someone else’s incident, ending his weekend on a rather low point, especially given he was unable to capitalise on rival Sutton's earlier penalty.
His 125i M Sport had already been shuffled down the order before an altercation involving Stephen Jelley’s Ford and Jason Plato’s Subaru happened directly in front of him. The Ulsterman had nowhere to go and heavy contact followed, leaving the championship contender crawling back to the pits with a damaged Bavarian machine.
Therefore it was 11th placed Sutton who arguably had the most to celebrate. With Turkington and reigning champion Shedden hitting trouble, the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver was able to extend his championship lead to ten points with 67 still on offer at the Brands Hatch season finale.
BMW and Team BMW maintained their lead in the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ standings. Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport hold the initiative in both Independents’ tables, whilst Power Maxed Racing’s Senna Proctor now boasts an unassailable points lead in the Jack Sears Trophy. The youngster has flourished in his maiden BTCC campaign. Tallying 14 JST victories, he's been a force to be reckoned with in the Vauxhall Astra.
Rounds 28, 29 and 30 of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will take place at Brands Hatch on 30 September/1 October with yet another enthralling title showdown set to wow the crowds.

Ashley Sutton said: "I’m over the moon with that – I didn’t expect it. We were on the back foot to start with and we’ve bounced back from it. It was always going to be a tough ask – I said on the grid top 15 would be nice. I was assisted with the incidents going on and I’m pleased to have bounced back like that. It was a nice little sight to see Turkington on the exit there and it took a little bit of the pressure off – it was a nice surprise. The BTCC is the pinnacle of British motorsport. For me, it’s time to reset and sit down with the team – Carl (Faux) and Jason (Plato). Jason’s been here before and I need to pick out what I can ahead of Brands."
Colin Turkington said: "
A third and a fourth have helped us close in, even if it was just by two points. It really took a twist from the first corner in race three with a couple of guys going off. The first sequence of the lap went okay for me. I got tagged going into Brooklands on the first lap. That turned me around three-quarters of the way down the field. There was another incident at Luffield and the cars ahead made a roadblock – I couldn’t get out of the way. It’s so frustrating. I worked so hard in race one or two to claw points back but there’s nothing I could have done to stop that race three drama unfolding so I’ve just got to go and reset and go on to Brands. I’m obviously on the back foot. From race one I’ve got to start reducing the deficit. It’s a positive it's only ten points now, I’ve taken two from the gap having finished just two of the races really. I have nothing to protect heading to Brands, it’s clear in my head I've got to outscore Ash (Sutton) at every opportunity – it’s very straightforward for me from that point of view."
Tom Ingram said: "
I'm delighted with the win. It was a bit of a strange one with that late incident. We had that safety car and you’re just focusing on where you need to drop the hammer and on keeping temperatures up. I got the jump on the restart and all of a sudden, I got the call that there would be a red flag. I really didn’t expect to start as well as I did as the right side of the grid was wet. I thought I’d be down in fourth or fifth but when they matter I seem to be able to pull them out of the bag. When the rain came down, it was the hardest thing. I had a huge moment at Copse – as soon as I hit the brakes, I slid on. The worst place to be is the lead in that situation. Everyone uses you as a judge of the conditions and inevitably it’s the leader that falls off. To take another overall win as well as the Independents’ win is fantastic to get us back on track after that mid-season dip."
Jack Goff said: "
The second victory took a little while to come. It’s been over two years now! It’s for all the Eurotech guys – we’ve had a tough time with Jeff (Smith)’s accident and it’s for all our sponsors too. I watched some old footage of Andy (Jordan) and Jason (Plato) back and I saw that at turn one we might get a bit of help with the softer compound tyre. The car was fantastic. It’s usually pretty good but performance over the race distance is sometimes our downfall. It was great there though even with ballast. The first NGTC pole for a Honda and a first win for Jeff as team boss. Brilliant!"
Matt Neal said: "
We’ve had long weekend, so that was lovely. It’ll make pack up and the journey home a wee bit shorter. It’s great for everybody involed, but it has been a tough weekend. I was a little bit lucky but a lot went for the hard option tyre earlier on and I took the risk. It was a bit of a struggle for me in race two on that rubber through copse, so I thought it’d be a good hunting ground for me in race three, and so it was. I tried to make headway early on and then things settled and I could try and work out where we were strong and others were weaker. It was the fast stuff where we are generally, and it is there where the Honda Civic Type R goes well. I thought it was going to be hard work, trying to pass Rob (Huff) but he left me a little chink of light and I got through."

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 25 – Silverstone

1 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport 18 laps
Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing +0.728s
3 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +1.754s
4 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +2.973s
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +3.775s
Ant WHORTON-EALES (GBR) with Cobra Exhausts +5.107s
7 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +6.525s
8 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +7.339s
Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +8.704s
10 Michael EPPS (GBR) TAG Racing 

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 26 – Silverstone

Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing 22 laps
2 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +4.910s
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +5.528s
4 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +5.703s
Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +7.749s
6 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +8.438s
Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +8.680s
Rob HUFF (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +9.038s
9 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +9.260s
10 Michael EPPS (GBR) TAG Racing +9.547s

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 27 – Silverstone

Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 25 laps
Rob HUFF (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +0.728s
3 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +0.997s
4 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +1.434s
Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +1.865s
6 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +3.006s
Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +3.626s
Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +3.761s
Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing +5.568s
10 Mat JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +6.457s


Round 25: 
Ant Whorton-Eales was officially reprimanded and received two penalty points for an incident involving Rob Austin
Round 26:
Ash Sutton received a one second time penalty for gaining an advantage in an incident involving Colin Turkington. As this was his third penalty strike of the season he would start Round 27 from the back of the grid.
Brett Smith was fined £500 and received three penalty points for an incident involving Chris Smiley. Eurotech Racing has appealed the decision, which will be heard at Brands Hatch.
Round 27:
Matt Simpson was officially reprimanded and received two penalty points for an incident involving Mat Jackson
Josh Cook was fined £500 and received three penalty points for an incident involving Jason Plato. As this was his fifth penalty strike of the season he will start the opening race at Brands Hatch from the back of the grid.

Above: The BTCC's top two drivers Below top: 32 cars tear off the line Below left: Eurotech Racing's Jack Goff won the opener Below right: Colin Turkington gained two points on standings leader Sutton Below second left:Subaru's Sutton heads the pack into Brands Hatch Below second right: Matt Neal sealed race three honours for Honda Below middle large: Thousands watched on from Silverstone's grandstands Below third left: Super-sub Rob Huff took second in the finale Below third right: The sun sets on another exciting weekend Below fourth left: Double delight for Power Maxed Racing as Senna Proctor holds an unassailable lead in the overall Jack Sears Trophy Below fourth right: BTC Norlin Racing's rich vein of form continues – a maiden podium for the outfit, through Dave Newsham, came in race three. Below bottom large: This incident cost Turkington dear

Turkington tops table after podium hat-trick

Turkington tops table after podium hat-trick

14/08/2017, England, Motorsport - Road Racing, British Touring Car Championship, Article # 23751578

Turkington tops table after podium hat-trick
Wins for Plato, Sutton and Ingram at Knockhill

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington moved to the top of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings after scoring a podium hat-trick at Knockhill.
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing stars Jason Plato and Ash Sutton claimed a win apiece, whilst Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram came out victorious in the final encounter at the Fife circuit.
Plato converted his 50th BTCC career pole position into a commanding lights-to-flag victory in the opener, as he signalled his return to form in style.
The front four – all rear-wheel drive machines – made an even getaway off the line, meaning Plato led from team-mate Sutton, and the two Team BMWs of Turkington and Rob Collard.
The battle remained tense throughout the 24-lap race with the quartet often covered by just a second. The Subaru duo of Plato and Sutton even made a failed attempt to briefly switch positions, in order to provide the latter with a potentially vital championship point for leading a lap, but when the chequered flag fell it was the elder statesman who had taken a hugely deserved win.
Sutton then secured his fifth win of the 2017 BTCC season as he pipped Plato in race two.
The race commenced in frenetic fashion as a multi-car accident saw no fewer than five cars fired out of the contest. With cars littered in the gravel and across the track, the race was inevitably red flagged and a lengthy stoppage followed.
Plato led away from the restart and the Subaru duo remained inseparable throughout. The slightly lighter machine of Sutton had the edge, however, and he would finally make a move stick on lap 11. Plato kept his young prodigy honest for the remainder of the duel, but Sutton held on to fire himself within two points of the championship summit.
Turkington maintained his position at the top of the standings as he claimed his second podium of the day for Team BMW. Collard finished fourth in the sister Bavarian machine, as he kept up his own championship challenge.
Speedworks Motorsport’s Ingram won the final encounter around the tight 1.3-mile circuit after getting the better of an early battle against Ant Whorton-Eales’ with Cobra Exhausts Audi and Rory Butcher’s Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford.
The Toyota man never looked back as he took his third win of the 2017 campaign to reignite his championship challenge – it was also the first win at Knockhill for the Japanese marque since Julian Bailey’s success in 1993.
Reigning champion Gordon Shedden grabbed a hugely popular second place finish, whilst Turkington completed his podium hat-trick with third.
Turkington leads the standings by four points from Sutton, whilst Shedden is a further eight points back. BMW and Team BMW top the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ tables.
Ingram and his Speedworks Motorsport squad are heading the Independents’ order, whilst Senna Proctor maintained his advantage in the Jack Sears Trophy.
The BTCC returns in two weeks’ time at Rockingham (26/27 August) for Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the series.

Jason Plato said: “We found something in qualifying yesterday which we thought about after scratching our heads and it looked like we had a bit of a differential issue. We had a complete change of that unit last night and the car’s a different machine now. We think we’ve found the gremlin. I’m just so happy to be competitive again. I’m pretty awful to be around when things aren’t going well – this is my life. It’s everything about my life and when there’s stuff you just can’t get a handle on, it’s frustrating. We’ve found the problem now and that was for all you people who said I was too old…”

Ash Sutton said: “Jason (Plato) kept me honest to the very end. It was a great race though and I knew the ballast would bring it back to me later on and work in my favour. He just lost his straight-line speed compared to mine as the time went on. Jason and I get on well and we race hard but we race fairly – we know where we stand with each other. I was more pleased for him getting pole yesterday then I was for myself getting second and I need a wingman don’t I? I really extracted everything from the tyre midway through and pulling that little gap so when they went I had to play the clever game. The battle’s on for sure and it’ll definitely go right to the wire. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”

Tom Ingram said: “It’s been a long time coming hasn’t it. I had a funny feeling after about five laps, saying to the team ‘when do you think the safety car will be then?’. It never goes that easily does it? Amazingly though, it went perfectly and I got the jump at the restarts. Ant (Whorton-Eales) made a mistake at the chicane which allowed me to get through. My word, the Speedworks guys have given me a great car this weekend. What’s really been annoying is that our struggles haven’t been our fault. If it were mistakes on my part or from the team, then it’d be okay but when it’s not it gets very frustrating. We’ve got a great team and a great car underneath us. I heard people saying it was a fluke at the start of the year and this shows it wasn’t.”

Colin Turkington said: “If I could keep finishing third between now and the end of the season I’d be in pretty good shape but Knockhill has been great. It’s always a circuit I enjoy coming to. I wouldn’t have expected that. It shows you don’t always have to win the races to score the most points. I go home tonight satisfied but also quite aware of the hard work that lies ahead. There’s nobody slow out there, everybody’s fast and those reverse grid races are incredibly tough. I picked my way through and just survived at the end.”

Gordon Shedden said: “I could see the BMWs coming! The safety car definitely helped – it saved my bacon. The car was good but it was just lacking a bit. Tom (Ingram) had mega pace and drove really well so I’ll take second place. Rory (Butcher) was driving well and it’s that first touring car meeting and just realising what goes on in the first few laps. He did well and he was fast, he’ll come out stronger in the next one. For my title challenge, i
t was good to end the day with a podium and second spot, and it was great to see such a huge crowd come out here at Knockhill. Onwards and upwards to Rockingham.”

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 19 – Knockhill

1 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 24 laps
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.216s
3 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.902s
4 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +1.580s
5 James COLE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +11.188s
6 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +16.492s
7 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +21.946s
8 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +28.348s
Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +29.167s
10 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +29.991s

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 20 – Knockhill

Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 22 laps
2 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.238s
3 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +3.198s
4 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +5.063s
5 James COLE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +6.831s
Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +9.401s
7 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +25.803s
8 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +25.954s
9 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +26.361s
10 Ant WHORTON-EALES (GBR) with Cobra Exhausts +28.889s

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 21 – Knockhill

1 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport 27 laps
Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +1.167s
3 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +1.556s
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +4.172s
5 James COLE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +4.463s
6 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +5.179s
Mat JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +5.538s
Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +5.784s
9 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +6.333s
10 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +7.193s

Above: Knockhill provided a unique setting for the latest instalment of the BTCC – Ash Sutton took race two honours Below top: Subaru's Jason Plato converted his 50th pole to a race one win Below left: The Subarus were on fine form... Plato lead home team-mate Ash Sutton line astern Below right: Speedworks Motorsport's early-season pacesetter Tom Ingram returned to winning form Below second left: Colin Turkington leaves Scotland top of the table after three podium finishes Below second right: Home hero Gordon Shedden falls to third in the Drivers' standings Below middle large: Rory Butcher – Shedden's brother-in-law and son of Knockhill Circuit's owner was racy on his BTCC bow Below third left: Fife's Knockhill is a one-off Below third right: Scotsman Aiden Moffat had a difficult weekend Below fourth left: Inverness-based Dave Newsham was an Independent winner for BTC Norlin Racing Below fourth right: The Champagne flows! Below bottom: The BTCC always throws up close racing, sometimes too close!