BTCC Thruxton – Josh Cook takes race three win for BTC Racing

Josh Cook led from lights to flag his first official win of the season. He had won previously but lost the win due to technical infringements. Team mate Tom Chilton came second with Rory Butcher in third.

Carl Boardley spun at the final chicane on lap one and broke his suspension, ending an unfortunate weekend for the Team HARD driver. Team mate Nicolas Hamilton had similar issues and retired.

Tom Ingram had won the first two races of the day and was fighting new championship leader Ash Sutton for fourth. The pair were involved in a race-long battle.

With Cook and Chilton pulling away, Butcher had to fend off Sutton and Ingram, who were both charging.

Cook cruised to a win with Chilton and Butcher in second and third respectively. Butcher did well to hold off Sutton and Ingram, who were both incredibly quick throughout the weekend.

Tom Oliphant, Matt Neal, Colin Turkington, Jake Hill and Dan Cammish rounded off the top ten. Guest driver Rob Austin ended his impressive weekend with 11th.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8
2 Tom Chilton Hnoda Civic Type R FK8 +3.475
3 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +4.397
4 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +5.096
5 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +5.628
6 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +7.119
7 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +7.451
8 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +8.447
9 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +8.912
10 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +9.629
11 Rob Austin Vauxhall Astra +10.345
12 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +13.729
13 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +14.270
14 Jack Goff VW CC +16.000
15 Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon +17.840
16 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +22.384
17 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +23.032
18 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +28.005
19 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +30.904
20 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +31.263
21 Tom Onslow-Cole VW CC +35.369
22 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +35.560
23 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +35.595
24 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +6 Laps
Retirements
RET Nicolas Hamilton VW CC Mechanical
RET Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport Suspension
DNS James Gornall Audi S3 Saloon Mechanical

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BTCC Thruxton – Ingram takes race two win in good day for Toyota

Tom Ingram secured another win in race two at Thruxton after another close battle with Dan Cammish. The Yorkshireman finished second with team mate Matt Neal third.

Ingram led from lights to flag, to make a good day for Toyota even better. Toyota have won both the Le Mans 24 Hours and Rally Turkey, and can add a BTCC double race win to that.

New championship leader Ash Sutton leapt up to fourth in his Infiniti and was hounding down Neal for third. By lap eight he was on his tail but Sutton went wide at Church corner and lost some ground.

Colin Turkington, reeling from his race one misfire, fought from the back of the grid into the points, and managed to finish 13th.

There were a couple of late retirements as Adam Morgan retired from fifth with an engine failure, and Bobby Thompson crashed out.

Ingram secured his second win of the day and has jumped up to third in the championship standings, 30 points behind Sutton.

Cammish and Neal rounded off the podium, Sutton was fourth, Rory Butcher and Tom Oliphant were fifth and sixth. Then came the BTC Racing trio of Tom Chilton, Josh Cook and Michael Crees, with Senna Proctor finishing tenth.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla
2 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +0.291
3 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +6.511
4 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +7.776
5 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +10.089
6 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +11.192
7 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +11.573
8 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +11.800
9 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +12.390
10 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +13.438
11 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +13.830
12 Rob Austin Vauxhall Astra +15.265
13 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +15.442
14 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +20.514
15 Jack Goff VW CC +21.024
16 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +27.313
17 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +30.532
18 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +30.866
19 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +40.482
20 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +40.929
21 Tom Onslow-Cole VW CC +42.216
22 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +55.579
23 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +56.159
Retirements
RET Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class Engine
RET James Gornall Audi S3 Saloon Mechanical
RET Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon Crash
RET Nicolas Hamilton VW CC Mechanical

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BTCC Thruxton – Ingram takes first win of season as Turkington retires

Tom Ingram picked up his first win of the season at Thruxton in a race which saw championship protagonist Colin Turkington suffer a misfire.

Ingram leapt into the lead off the start and held off Cammish by just over half a second at the chequered flag. Cammish’s Team Dynamics team mate Matt Neal rounded off the podium.

Jake Hill had started well but spun on lap four at the final chicane, compromising his weekend.

On lap six Ash Sutton passed championship rival Colin Turkington in a nice pass, but Turkington started falling down the grid. He had a loss of power and a misfire. Effectively retiring from the race which could have huge ramifications for the championship battle.

Sutton then passed Butcher coming out of the Complex chicane on lap eight, It was an expertly taken move by the 2017 champion.

On lap 11 Andy Neate and Carl Boardley had a coming together at the Complex. It was a clumsy move by Neate who tried to pass Boardley on the outside when he already had the inside line.

Cammish was pressuring Ingram in the final stages back at the front, with just half a second between the pair. However Ingram held on for his and Toyota’s first win of the season.

Cammish and Neal celebrated sponsor Yuasa’s tenth anniversary of being in the BTCC with a double podium. Adam Morgan, Sutton, Butcher, Tom Chilton, Tom Oliphant, Josh Cook and Michael Crees rounded off the top ten.

Fan favourite Rob Austin finished 12th in the Power Maxed Vauxhall Astra and Tom Onslow-Cole returned to the BTCC with a 21st place finish.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla
2 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +0.644
3 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +8.578
4 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +9.064
5 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +18.578
6 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +19.776
7 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +20.374
8 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +21.234
9 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +21.487
10 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +21.888
11 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +24.456
12 Rob Austin Vauxhall Astra +27.261
13 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +27.587
14 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +27.879
15 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +29.910
16 Jack Goff VW CC +30.192
17 Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon +30.478
18 James Gornall Audi S3 Saloon +38.403
19 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +44.675
20 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +48.784
21 Tom Onslow-Cole VW CC +52.965
22 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +1 Lap
23 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 + 3 Laps
24 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +4 Laps
Retirements
RET Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport Crash
RET Andy Neate Ford Focus ST Crash
RET Nicolas Hamilton VW CC Clutch

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BTCC Knockhill Roundup – Sutton double boosts title credentials

Race One

Ash Sutton pulled off the line from pole and never surrendered the lead. Turkington was close behind and was fighting the 2017 champion all the way to the line.

Josh Cook had a big off on the run into the uphill chicane, spinning and going backwards into the tyre wall.

The fight for the podium was a great one as Jake Hill and Tom Ingram fought for third with Hill prevailing from the Toyota driver.

Sutton took his third win of the season and only strengthened his title credentials, with Turkington and Hill following close behind.

Race Two

After a great effort from the BTC Racing team to fix Josh Cook’s car. He was put into a spin on the first corner and was out of the race. The torrid season for Cook continued.

It was more of the same for Sutton and Turkington, as they took first and second with the BMW driver only seven tenths behind the winner. Ingram this time took third.

After race two Senna Proctor was drawn to start race three on pole position, with Rory Butcher alongside

Race Three

Rory Butcher got the best start off the line to take the lead from Proctor. He pulled out a one second lead before his team mate Ollie Jackson was involved in a crash on lap two.

Jackson was spinning through the uphill chicane and ended up on the apex. Mike Bushell had nowhere to go and hit Jackson, with Sam Osborne picking up damage too, prompting a red flag.

On the restart Butcher got away fastest again, so quick in fact that the stewards investigated it. Tom Chilton rocketed off the line into third. Tom Oliphant pulled off a fine move into turn one, passing the Hyundai of Chris Smiley on two wheels.

Butcher pulled out a commanding lead and took his second win of the season, with Proctor finishing a fine second and Chilton rounded off the podium.

Driver Car R1 R2 R3
Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport 2 2 9
Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport 8 6 4
Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 7 15 12
Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 6 4 6
Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla 4 3 10
Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 1 1 11
Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 9 5 8
Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 DNF DNF 15
Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 11 7 3
Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 17 17 16
Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N 13 11 2
Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N 14 9 7
Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 3 8 5
Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 19 18 DNF
Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST 5 10 1
Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST 16 13 DNF
Andy Neate Ford Focus ST DNF DNF 20
Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class 12 14 14
Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class 20 21 22
Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon 18 DSQ 19
James Gornall Audi S3 Saloon DNF 20 18
Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport 15 12 17
Jack Goff VW CC DNS 19 21
Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport 10 DNF 13
Mike Bushell Vauxhall Astra 21 16 DNF

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Adam Morgan wins shortened BTCC Oulton Park race three

Adam Morgan took the win in round nine of the British Touring Car Championship in a shortened race at Oulton Park.

Only 11 of the 15 laps were completed after an accident between Stephen Jelley, Nicolas Hamilton and Ollie Brown brought out the red flag. The clerk of the course deemed it enough to end the race prematurely and handed Morgan a deserved win ahead of the WSR BMW’s of Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant.

Morgan flew into the lead into turn one, there were problems for the Honda’s as Dan Cammish fell down the order and Michael Crees spun off. On lap two Matt Neal spun at the same corner Crees did a lap earlier.

The early stages were strangely mundane for the final race of the day, which is typically frenetic.

On lap 11 the top four were separated by just over a second as Morgan, Turkington, Oliphant and Sutton were all battling for the podium spots.

The race was suspended on lap 11 however as Stephen Jelley had an off, and Nicolas Hamilton collided with him and then Ollie Brown hit the back of Hamilton. This caused extensive damage to the barrier and prompted the red flag. The race was ended prematurely due to the incident and Morgan took the win. Turkington and Oliphant rounded off the podium for the WSR team.

The rest of the top ten saw Ash Sutton finish fourth, Tom Chilton and Senna Proctor fought for fifth with Chilton prevailing. Jake Hill, Rory Butcher, Chris Smiley and Aiden Moffat rounded off the top ten.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class
2 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +0.250
3 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +0.294
4 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +0.931
5 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +5.075
6 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +5.624
7 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +7.220
8 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +7.977
9 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +8.981
10 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +9.273
11 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +10.388
12 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +12.342
13 Jack Goff VW CC +13.802
14 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +18.675
15 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +19.094
16 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +26.958
17 Mike Bushell Vauxhall Astra +30.276
18 Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon +30.327
19 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +32.860
20 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +44.462
21 James Gornall Audi S3 Saloon +45.398
Retirements
DNF Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport Crash
DNF Nicolas Hamilton VW CC Crash
DNF Ollie Brown VW CC Crash
DNF Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 Mechanical
DNF Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 Mechanical
DNS Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla Mechanical

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Ash Sutton takes second win of season at Oulton Park

Ash Sutton took his second win of the season in round eight of the British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park.

Rory Butcher finished second with championship leader Colin Turkington in third rounding off the podium in a wet race.

Butcher led off the start but Sutton surged into contention, passing Jake Hill around the outside at Cascades on lap two.

Turkington, Dan Cammish and Sutton were fighting for second place. The trio were getting incredibly close but it was Sutton in the Infiniti who powered into second place.

Within two laps he was on the tail of race leader Butcher, fighting for the lead and showing incredible pace. On lap eight he finally made his move as Butcher went wide into turn one. Sutton got the better exit and powered into the lead.

Honourable mentions have to be made for Matt Neal and Josh Cook, both moved into the points from starting near the back of the grid. Neal was making his 700th race start in the BTCC, an incredible achievement.

On lap 13 Turkington got past Cammish after pressuring him all race. Cammish went wide at the Island hairpin and Turkington seized the opportunity to take third place. It was disaster for BTC Racing as Michael Crees tapped Josh Cook into a spin at the chicane. Putting his teammate in the wall, and halting an incredible recovery for Cook, who’s had torrid luck this season.

Sutton took the win to endorse his title credentials, with Butcher and Turkington on the podium. Cammish, Tom Ingram, Tom Oliphant, Hill, Adam Morgan, Tom Chilton and Bobby Thompson rounded off the top ten.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50
2 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +4.716
3 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +7.260
4 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +10.412
5 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +10.779
6 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +14.678
7 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +15.890
8 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +16.629
9 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +17.573
10 Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon +18.095
11 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +24.166
12 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +26.086
13 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +27.883
14 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +30.474
15 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +30.981
16 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +35.353
17 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +38.232
18 Jack Goff VW CC +38.298
19 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +41.373
20 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +46.396
21 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +47.999
22 Ollie Brown VW CC +52.373
23 Nicolas Hamilton VW CC +54.427
24 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +55.217
25 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +55.392
26 Mike Bushell Vauxhall Astra +1:23.557
Retirements
DNF James Gornall Audi S3 Saloon Mechanical

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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

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Things we want to see in the new BTCC game

After 22 years, a new British Touring Car Championship game is finally coming. The game was recently announced by Motorsport Games, the team behind the NASCAR Heat series.

There are still so many questions to answer as the game is not due out until 2022. There are a few things BTCC fans are sure to want to see in this new release, the first BTCC-centric game since 1998’s ToCA 2 Touring Cars.

With the technology available nowadays, the scope for this game is huge. In 1998 the original PlayStation could only do so much, but with the PlayStation 5 now on the horizon, the potential is huge, it’s whether Motorsport Games can unlock that potential.

Career Mode?

In the 90’s games, there was no fleshed out career mode. It’s been done before in games such as 2001’s ToCA Race Driver and Project CARS 2, the former even had the ToCA licence, but both were merely small cogs in a larger machine. This time with the support of Alan Gow and ToCA, Motorsport Games can really tailor this game to the BTCC diehards.

The options include starting in a test day and teams can scout you and sign you depending on your performance, or perhaps there is another option available.

Utilising The Support Series’

A BTCC weekend is so much more than just the touring cars. There’s also the Ginetta Juniors and Supercup, the new for 2020 Mini Challenge, British F4’s and the Porsche Supercup. Perhaps the career mode can have you starting off in a feeder series such as the Ginetta Juniors, and allowing you to progress up to the end goal of the BTCC. Again teams may scout and sign you dependant on your performances.

Alternatively you could just stick in the support series if they float your boat. The Ginetta series’ were in Project CARS 2 but as standalone championships, never have they been placed into a ToCA style package like we see in real life. Hopefully Motorsport Games have the access and ability to recreate the whole package, not just the BTCC.

Arcade vs Sim

Sim racing is growing, even more so after the Virtual F1 events we saw during Lockdown. But the balance between arcade controls and sim controls is a difficult one. Some games such as DiRT Rally and Assetto Corsa are built to be simulations, as close to the real thing as they physically can. Or we can see arcade style games, which cater to the more casual racers.

Motorsport Games have some tough choices to make, do they try and please everyone with an arcade style game, like the old ToCA games? Or, do they try and appease the diehard sim racers with a detailed, some would say tricky, game which mimics all the challenges of racing a touring car? There’s a chance they could try and merge the two, much like DiRT does, but it’s a lot more work for the developers.

Classic Content?

As brilliant as the current crop of touring cars is, it’s important to remember the past and some of the amazing cars the BTCC has seen over the years. It’s a chance we could see classic cars such as the Ford Sierra RS500’s and Vauxhall Cavaliers of the 80’s, the Renault Laguna or the Volvo 850 Estate of the Super Touring era, or the dominant Vauxhall’s of the 2000’s. It could work like the Formula One games where the classic cars are integrated into the career mode in the form of invitational events. Where you can enhance your reputation with a team with a good showing in these one off events.

Capturing the Essence

The BTCC is a special place, the paddocks are all intertwined, the access to drivers from fans is much easier than the likes of Formula One. There’s a sense of bravado and camaraderie that is seldom seen elsewhere. It is vital for Motorsport Games to try and translate that into this new game, some would argue this is the most important aspect of the new game.

Driver Personalities

There’s nothing worse in a racing game than poor AI. Computer controlled racers who are soulless and stick to one line, regardless of where you position your car. Will the developers be able to accurately install the personalities of drivers into the game? The phrase ‘rubbing is racing’ is more prevalent in touring cars than most other format. Will the AI drivers give as much as they get in terms of close physical racing?

Esports

The world of esports is growing, it is a huge aspect of gaming nowadays. Can the BTCC game have an esports aspect? With Motorsport Games having the full backing of ToCA, they can work closely together to create an esports event, perhaps at the final weekend of the BTCC season, with a huge tournament and prizes on offer.

One of those prizes could be a test in a BTCC car. The BTCC have often offered incentives to people, such as Matt Neal’s famous 1999 win at Donington Park. Famous as Alan Gow had offered a prize of £250,000 to the first independent driver to win a race outright. If a team or ToCA themselves can front the prize of a test in a real touring car, the chances for anyone to enter the series is possible. Much like James Baldwin who is now a full time professional racer, despite his background being in virtual racing.

There’s so many questions to answer, and Motorsport Games will most likely give updates to answer any questions we may have. But the potential and hype for this game will only grow more as we reach the 2022 release date.

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Tom Oliphant secures first ever BTCC win at Brands Hatch

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.

Pos Team Car Interval
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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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