BTCC: Three victories for BMW at Oulton Park
Three victories for BMW drivers are the shortest summary of the British Touring Car Championship weekend at Oulton Park. The reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington was the fastest qualifier on Saturday and then he on Sunday converted his starting positions into two victories in the #1 BMW330i M Sport. Those were his BTCC victories number 49 and 50 in a career.
In the third race, with the reversed starting grid, Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelley clinched a victory in the #12 BMW 125i M Sport, but only after the provisional winner Jake Hill received a post-race penalty. Jelley returned to the top podium sport ten years after his double BTCC victory at Rockingham in 2009.
In the first race of the weekend, Team BMW’s Colin Turkington converted pole position into his third victory of the season. Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish finished the race second in the #27 Honda Civic Type R. BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan made it a double podium for the Bavarian manufacturer. Rory Butcher and Sam Tordoff completed the top five in two Hondas of Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance team.
A few hours later, the same three drivers climbed to the podium after the second race. Turkington started first and finished first, claiming his 50th BTCC victory in a career. Andrew Jordan and Dan Cammish switched positions on the podium, while Tom Oliphant brought his #15 BMW to the fourth place, giving 1-2-4- result to the German brand. Sam Tordoff scored another top 5 result in a Honda Civic Type R.
Jake Hill was 12th in the #24 Audi S3 of TradePriceCars.com, which also gave him pole position on the reversed grid for Race 3. He managed to convert pole position into provisional victory but he was handed 20-second post-race penalty for causing a collision with Matt Neal on Lap 3.
That penalty promoted Stephen Jelley to the BTCC top podium spot, where he was previously two times, on the same day ten years ago (September 20, 2009) at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant finished in the second place, sharing a podium with third-placed Sam Tordoff. Colin Turkington recorded the eighth place and added valuable points to his account, extending the championship lead after fifteen races. He has 195 points, 33 more than Andrew Jordan. Josh Cook (148), Rory Butcher (147) and Ashley Sutton (147) are completing the top 5.