BTCC 2015 race report: Silverstone
Source : BTCC 2015 race report: Silverstone
Colin Turkington keeps his championship hopes alive as he, Andy Priaulx along with Mat Jackson take wins inside the penultimate round of the 2015 BTCC
Mat Jackson, Andy Priaulx along with Colin Turkington all registered victories at Silverstone inside the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, leaving the title to be decided at the final races at Brands Hatch next month.
inside the first race of the day Jackson saw off Andrew Jordan along with Gordon Shedden – who finished second along with third respectively – to secure victory, while a puncture on the penultimate lap resulted in a failure to score for Jason Plato.
Motorbase Ford Focus driver Jackson was largely untroubled as he took the win, stealing the lead the via Shedden on the approach to Copse corner for initially on lap one along with then maintaining a 2.5-second gap to the end of the race. Jordan moved ahead of Shedden on lap two to take second, along with he too held onto the place until the end of the race, with Shedden holding station to take the third spot on the podium.
Andy Priaulx had suffered a roll bar failure in qualifying along with treated the first race as a qualifying session for race two, registering a fast enough lap time to ensure he began third on the grid on race two. The tactic paid off as he claimed his second victory since his return to BTCC, with Jack Goff in second along with Aron Smith in third.
Priaulx took the lead on lap eight, as the 75kg of ballast carried by Mat Jackson’s Ford Focus finally proved too much. Jackson’s race was finally ended by a puncture, with Goff along with Smith moving up to second along with third respectively. Championship leader Gordon Shedden came in fourth after Andrew Jordan also suffered a puncture.
inside the final race Team BMR’s Turkington kept his bid to defend his title alive by claiming victory over Rob Collard along with Sam Tordoff. Turkington moved into the lead on lap one before the safety car was called into action on lap two following a collision between Hunter Abbott along with Dan Welch.
Race one winner Mat Jackson had a storming race, moving via 24th to 12th on the first lap before creating This particular up to seventh after the safety car. He went no further, though, with Matt Neal putting an end to his overtaking for the day.
Gordon Shedden finished fifth, just behind Jason Plato, although results over the weekend meant Shedden extended his advantage to 23 points over inside the drivers’ standings. With Turkington moving to 32 points behind Shedden, along with 68 points on offer at the final three races, the championship will be decided at Brands Hatch on 10 along with 11 October.
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