Rory Butcher allayed pre-race fears to convert pole to victory in race one at Silverstone.
A liquid spill from the earlier British F4 race on the start/finish straight meant Butcher’s start would be compromised. However despite losing the lead to Tom Ingram, he soon reclaimed his lead on lap three at Brooklands with an audacious and well executed move.
The opening lap saw five retirements, with Andy Neate suffering a puncture and causing damage. Gordon Shedden and Sam Smelt had a coming together, Jack Mitchell retired early on with a mechanical issue and Adam Morgan also never returned from the pits after pitting on lap one.
Once Butcher took his lead back, Ingram was reeled in by Dan Lloyd in his Vauxhall Astra. Of the five title protagonists Ingram finished highest, with Josh Cook, Colin Turkington and leader Ash Sutton finishing fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
Jake Hill however struggled with 66kg of ballast in his Ford Focus, and was embroiled in a race-long fight with Tom Chilton and Jack Butel. He eventually finished 21st, and out of the points.
Butcher cruised to a win, with a winning margin of just over three seconds. Ingram held off Lloyd for second with Aiden Moffat’s second half renaissance to the season continued with fourth place.
History was made as the BTCC’s Hybrid car competed in its first race, driven by former champion Andrew Jordan. While it finished last, this wasn’t due to lack of performance. The Hybrid programme was simply to run the car in racing conditions, and so stayed near the back to avoid any incidents or affecting the championship.
Ash Sutton remains in the lead of the championship with only a handful of races left to go.
|1||Rory Butcher||Toyota Corolla||Toyota Gazoo||21:21:142|
|2||Tom Ingram||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+3.262|
|3||Dan Lloyd||Vauxhall Astra||Power Maxed||+3.666|
|4||Aiden Moffat||Infiniti Q50||Laser Tools||+4.263|
|5||Josh Cook||Honda Civic Type R||BTC Racing||+6.674|
|6||Colin Turkington||BMW 330i M Sport||Team WSR||+6.929|
|7||Ash Sutton||Infiniti Q50||Laser Tools||+7.379|
|8||Dan Rowbottom||Honda Civic Type R||Team Dynamics||+8.113|
|9||Stephen Jelley||BMW 330i M Sport||Team WSR||+10.154|
|10||Jason Plato||Vauxhall Astra||Power Maxed||+10.564|
|11||Tom Oliphant||BMW 330i M Sport||Team WSR||+10.757|
|12||Ollie Jackson||Ford Focus ST||MB Motorsport||+16.981|
|13||Chris Smiley||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+17.270|
|14||Senna Proctor||Honda Civic Type R||BTC Racing||+17.621|
|15||Carl Boardley||Infiniti Q50||Laser Tools||+18.009|
|16||Sam Osborne||Ford Focus ST||Motorbase||+18.763|
|17||Aron Taylor-Smith||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+19.410|
|18||Jack Butel||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+19.886|
|19||Jack Goff||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+23.460|
|20||Tom Chilton||BMW 330i M Sport||Ciceley||+23.822|
|21||Jake Hill||Ford Focus ST||MB Motorsport||+24.904|
|22||Jade Edwards||Honda Civic Type R||BTC Racing||+25.239|
|23||Rick Parfitt Jr||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+26.015|
|24||Nicholas Hamilton||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+28.099|
|25||Andrew Jordan||Toyota Corolla Hybrid||–||+30.593|
|DNF||Andy Neate||Ford Focus ST||Motorbase||Wheel|
|DNF||Adam Morgan||BMW 330i M Sport||Ciceley||Damage|
|DNF||Sam Smelt||Toyota Corolla||Toyota Gazoo||Crash|
|DNF||Gordon Shedden||Honda Civic Type R||Team Dynamics||Crash|
|DNF||Jack Mitchell||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||Mechanical|