Turkington takes win as Honda drivers suffer mechanical issues

Colin Turkington took a dominant win at Brands Hatch, the 53rd of his career as Tom Ingram and Ash Sutton round off the podium in a nightmare race for Honda drivers.

Of all the Honda drivers in the field, of which there are seven, only two finished, with five all retiring with various mechanical issues.

Cammish got a poor start and was leapfrogged by Turkington and Jackson, with Ingram passing the Honda driver too on the first lap. Ingram moved up into second as he passed Jackson into Sheene curve. After an encouraging weekend at Donington last weekend, Chris Smiley went off and lost a handful of places in his Hyundai.

Rory Butcher was keen to put his race one heartache behind him as he made 13 places in two laps to be 12th as the safety car came out following a collision between Bobby Thompson and Michael Crees.

On the restart after a six lap safety car period, Cammish and Ingram were chasing down Turkington. Tom Chilton passed Jackson for fourth, but his Honda broke down, with Matt Neal joining him in the pits with mechanical issues on lap ten.

Rory Butcher continued his rise up the grid as he passed Senna Proctor at Paddock, before Jake Hill became the latest Honda to retire with an engine issue coming onto the GP section.

On lap 16 Butcher passed his team mate Ollie Jackson for fifth, making it 20 places made in one race. Dan Cammish’s Honda then broke down, struggling to find any power. The Yorkshireman finally got it going again but finished way down the grid.

Turkington took the win and extended his lead in the championship over Ingram who finished second. Sutton finished third in his pacey Infiniti with Butcher inheriting fourth, and a 21 place gain off the grid. Jackson was fifth with Adam Morgan, Tom Oliphant, Senna Proctor, Stephen Jelley and James Gornall rounding off the top ten.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport
2 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +3.222
3 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +6.546
4 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +12.822
5 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +13.943
6 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +14.269
7 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +15.082
8 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +16.596
9 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +16.759
10 James Gornall Audi S3 Saloon +17.408
11 Jack Goff VW CC +19.429
12 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +20.142
13 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +20.329
14 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +20.546
15 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +22.240
16 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +27.470
17 Nicolas Hamilton VW CC +31.282
18 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +31.479
19 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +59.674
20 Ollie Brown VW CC +1 Lap
DNF Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 Mechanical
DNF Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 Mechanical
DNF Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 Mechanical
DNF Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 Mechanical
DNF Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon Collision
DNF Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 Collision
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