Tom Oliiphant took his first ever British Touring Car Championship win in the third and final round at Brands Hatch GP. He held off Ash Sutton all race long with Stephen Jelley taking the final podium spot.
Jelley had the best start as he moved from fourth to second, behind him mayhem ensued. Coming out of Druids Jack Goff and Senna Proctor collided, with the latter almost spinning, sending Goff onto the grass. His car span into the path of the Toyota of Tom Ingram, taking both out.
Oliphant took the lead at the end of lap one and never surrendered it, despite intense pressure from Sutton in his Infiniti.
Rory Butcher had done incredibly well to recover from his race one puncture heartbreak to be fighting for second in the final race of the day.
Dan Cammish had another miserable race as for the second time in a row his Honda Civic broke down with mechanical issues on lap nine.
Punctures were a common theme at Brands Hatch, with Jake Hill suffering a puncture on lap 11. Two laps later and heartbreak again for Butcher as he suffered a puncture going into Paddock bend. Losing all the progress he had made in race two. On the same lap Chris Smiley in his Hyundai crashed from fourth place.
Oliphant took the win by just three tenths from Sutton with Jelley finishing third. Pole sitter Aiden Moffat was fourth with championship leader Colin Turkington fifth and Matt Neal recovering from a poor weekend to take sixth.
James Gornall secured his best ever finish with Tom Chilton eighth and Proctor ninth. Sam Osborne rounded off the top ten with Ollie Brown, Jack Butel and Nicolas Hamilton all picking up points.
|1||Tom Oliphant||BMW 330i M Sport|
|2||Ash Sutton||Infiniti Q50||+0.324|
|3||Stephen Jelley||BMW 125i M Sport||+4.978|
|4||Aiden Moffat||Infiniti Q50||+5.981|
|5||Colin Turkington||BMW 330i M Sport||+6.611|
|6||Matt Neal||Honda Civic Type R FK8||+8.857|
|7||James Gornall||Audi S3 Saloon||+9.951|
|8||Tom Chilton||Honda Civic Type R FK8||+14.430|
|9||Senna Proctor||Hyundai i30N||+15.462|
|10||Sam Osborne||Honda CIvic Type R FK2||+17.410|
|11||Michael Crees||Honda Civic Type R FK8||+18.605|
|12||Bobby Thompson||Audi S3 Saloon||+19.104|
|13||Ollie Brown||VW CC||+27.411|
|14||Jack Butel||Mercedes Benz A Class||+30.531|
|15||Nicolas Hamilton||VW CC||+38.896|
|16||Carl Boardley||BMW 125i M Sport||+53.711|
|17||Josh Cook||Honda Civic Type R FK8||+1:30.770|
|18||Andy Neate||Ford Focus ST||+1 Lap|
|19||Ollie Jackson||Ford Focus ST||+2 Laps|
|20||Rory Butcher||Ford Focus ST||+3 Laps|
|21||Chris Smiley||Hyundai i30N||+3 Laps|
|DNF||Jake Hill||Honda Civic Type R FK2||Puncture|
|DNF||Adam Morgan||Mercedes Benz A Class||Mechanical|
|DNF||Dan Cammish||Honda Civic Type R FK8||Mechanical|
|DNF||Tom Ingram||Toyota Corolla||Collision|
|DNF||Jack Goff||VW CC||Collision|
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