Tordoff, Ingram, Moffat winners at Silverstone, Turkington still BTCC points leader
Sam Tordoff (Team GardX with Motorbase), Tom Ingram (Speedworks Motorsport) and Aiden Moffat (Laser Tools Racing) are the race winners in the penultimate round of the 2018 British Touring Car Championship season at Silverstone.
For Sam Tordoff, it was his seventh BTCC win in a career and the first win in 2018. Aiden Moffat also scored his first win this season and the third in a career, becoming the 16th different winners in 27 races in 2018.
Tom Ingram celebrated his third win of the season to reduce a gap behind championship leader Colin Turkington (Team BMW). Before Silverstone’s round, Turkington had a 43-point lead, now he’s 34 points ahead of Ingram with three more races scheduled at season’s finale at Brands Hatch (September 30).
In the first race of the weekend, Sam Tordoff started from pole in the #600 Ford Focus RS, converting in into his first win of the season. It was a double win for Motorbase Performane as the second Ford Focus of Tom Chilton finished in the second place. Ricky Collard recorded his maiden BTCC podium by finishing third in the #55 BMW 125i M Sport.
Jack Goff and Matt Simpson completed the top 5. The championship leader Colin Turkington strengthened his lead by finishing eighth, seven places ahead of his main championship rival Tom Ingram who finished 15th.
In Race 2, Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram produced a fantastic drive, progressing from P15 on the grid to his third win of the season. His ballast-free #80 Toyota Avensis was running on softer Dunlop SportMaxx tyres and he was moving through the field with ease, beating the second-placed Adam Morgan in Ciceley Motorsport’s Mercedes A-Class by 6.412 seconds at the finish line. Sam Tordoff completed the podium.
Colin Turkington recorded one more eighth-place finish. After this race, his advantage over Ingram was 36 points. In the last race of the day, they started side-by-side on the fourth row of the grid.
The reverse grid lottery decided that Aiden Moffat will start the last race from pole in the #16 Mercedes A-Class. He converted that starting position into his first win of the season, becoming the 16th different winner in 2018.
Two main championship contenders crossed the finish line closely behind him, Tom Ingram in the second place and Colin Turkington in the third place.