Colin Turkington made becomes the first driver to reach three victories in 2017
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Colin Turkington led from start to finish to take the victory in the second race of the day at Croft in the British Touring Car Championship. The Northern Irishman becomes the first driver of 2017 to rake three wins, and his twelfth at Croft. It was also WSR’s 75th victory in the BTCC.
It was another action packed race which was won off the start as Turkington out dragged Sutton down to the first bend, with the Race 1 winner slotting in behind. Rob Collard made a customary fantastic start to make it into third before the first lap, ensuring Jackson and Shedden dropped down to fourth and fifth respectively.
However it was another bad race for Tom Ingram who at the end of the first lap retired with a broken left rear tow link, following contact from MG’s Josh Cook. Cook himself would have to come into the pits for a stop-go-penalty for being out of position on the grid.
As the race went on the leading trio pulled away from the rest and on lap four Shedden and Jackson begun their battle for fourth with the duo finding themselves side by side through the complex. It ended with Jackson remaining in fourth though the reigning champion was able to make his way past the Motorbase driver a lap later.
Up front however the top three remained together all battling for the win, as Matt Neal had another torrid race, suffering heavy damage at the Jim Clark Esses. He was able to carry on though he finished 18th.
Once again there was huge amounts of action up and down the order with Jordan and Plato together throughout the race, battling for fifth once they had both got past Jackson.
Back up the front no one was getting near Turkington though who came home to finish first with Sutton behind and Collard third rounding out the podium places. Gordon Shedden came home fourth ahead of Jordan and Plato with Jackson, Rob Austin, Ollie Jackson and the other Motorbase Ford Focus of Martin Depper rounding out the top 10.