Rory Butcher inherits win at Oulton Park as Josh Cook disqualified

Rory Butcher inherited the win of round seven at Oulton Park as Josh Cook was excluded for failing post race ride height checks. Cook had won the first race on the road at a rain soaked Oulton in the British Touring Car Championship.

Having lost positions off the start, Cook surged back through the field to take the win on the road. Polesitter Rory Butcher was lifted to first with Dan Cammish taking second for Team Dynamics and Jake Hill third for MB Motorsport.

The start of the race was delayed as Carl Boardley crashed on the formation lap, parking his BMW in the wall on the final corner.

Once the race got underway, Turkington had a brilliant start, passing Cook and battling Butcher. Tom Oliphant in the second WSR BMW moved up to third while Stephen Jelley struggled to get off the line, falling to last. At the end of lap one Cook attempted a dive past Oliphant into the final corner not quite able to overtake.

On the next lap Cook tried the same move and passed Oliphant at the final corner before diving past Turkington on lap three in to the double right hander.  The safety car was out on lap four as Ollie Brown crashed at the first corner.

On the restart Cook passed Butcher at turn one, while Mike Bushell, driving for the returning Power Maxed Racing, went off at turn one.

Cook built a lead but it was the fight for seventh which dominated the final few laps. Tom Ingram, Adam Morgan and Ash Sutton were fighting with Sutton nearly spinning Ingram round at the final corner.

Ingram set the fastest lap and surged through past Morgan, with Sutton in ninth fighting. The Toyota of Ingram then reeled in Tom Chilton in sixth, but couldn’t quite pass him.

Cook took the win but a proverbial dark cloud hung over him as the ToCA technical team were checking his ride height in the post race scrutineering. He was then announced as excluded from the race result as the ride height rollers couldn’t fit under the car, meaning it was illegal.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST
2 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +1.680
3 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +2.521
4 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +7.250
5 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +8.822
6 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +9.559
7 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +11.980
8 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +19.497
9 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +20.357
10 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +26.018
11 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +27.142
12 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +28.801
13 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +30.033
14 Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon +30.364
15 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +30.759
16 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +31.650
17 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +32.041
18 James Gornall Audi S3 Saloon +36.600
19 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +45.746
20 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +49.971
21 Nicolas Hamilton VW CC +2 Laps
22 Mike Bushell Vauxhall Astra +2 Laps
23 Ollie Brown VW CC +2 Laps
24 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +3 Laps
25 Jack Goff VW CC +4 Laps
Retirements
DNS Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport Crash
DSQ Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 Ride Height

Image Credit: BTCC Media

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