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James Cole leads home Subaru 1-2

James Cole wins a BTCC race for the first time in his career, in the first race of three at Rockingham Motor Speedway. Starting from pole position, the 29-year-old Subaru driver got a good start and led from start to finish. The Subaru was having to hold off the very quick Eurotech Racing Honda of Jack Goff in the opening laps, but as the front wheel drive Honda began to lose front end grip, the Subaru was able to make good his escape up the road. Goff tried to hold on to second, but lost out on the final lap to the new championship leader Ash Sutton, giving Subaru another 1-2 finish. Goff was able to out drag Cook to the line to keep the podium position by just 1 and a half tenths of a second.

The Rockingham circuit is quite a high tyre wear circuit, and this was apparent after 10 of the 16 laps were completed, as this is when the drop off of Goff’s tyres was apparent. As well as Goff struggling amongst the rear wheel drive cars, there was a front right puncture for reigning champion Gordon Shedden, leaving the Honda man to finish in 30th position.

Tom Ingram failed to take the start after brake problems on the green flag lap, which looked like a brake failure when the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis rolled down the pit lane, and was stopped by the mechanics. This effectively put pay to any chance of getting back into the main championship fight, as well as losing out key points in the Independents Championship to some of his closest competitors, 2nd places in the Independents standings Mat Jackson, Eurotech’s Jack Goff and Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan. Goff’s 3rd place out right gives him the Independents win for round 22, with Jackson and Morgan completing the top 3 in the Independents. Josh Price took the Jack Sears Trophy for being the highest placed rookie in round 22, finishing P9 on the road, with the next rookie being Ant Whorton-Eales in P18.

Ash Sutton takes the lead of the Championship after Round 22, 3 points clear of Colin Turkington, 25 points clear of Gordon Shedden and 30 points clear of Rob Collard.

Classification for Round 22 of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship:

  1. James Cole – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing (22:49:936)
  2. Ashley Sutton – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing (+2.571)
  3. Jack Goff – Eurotech Racing (+3.167)
  4. Josh Cook – MG Racing RCIB Insurance (+3.308)
  5. Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing (+4.946)
  6. Colin Turkington – Team BMW (+5.245)
  7. Mat Jackson – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo (+7.937)
  8. Adam Morgan – Ciceley Motorsport (+8.458)
  9. Josh Price (R) – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing (+8.698)
  10. Jason Plato – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing (+10.157)
  11. Tom Chilton (H) – Power Maxed Racing (+14.234)
  12. Andrew Jordan (H) – BMW Pirtek Racing (+14.976)
  13. Dave Newsham (H) – BTC Norlin Racing (+15.839)
  14. Ollie Jackson – AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts (+22.248)
  15. Michael Epps –  Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing (+23.693)
  16. Aron Taylor-Smith (H) – MG Racing RCIB Insurance (+23.903)
  17. Robert Collard (H) – Team BMW (+24.200)
  18. Ant Whorton-Eales (R)(H) – AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts (+24.870)
  19. Aiden Moffat (H) – Laser Tools Racing (+31.478)
  20. Chris Smiley (H) – BTC Norlin Racing (+32.048)
  21. Senna Proctor (R)(H) – Power Maxed Racing (+33.655)
  22. Martin Depper (H) – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo (+35.254)
  23. Will Burns (R) –  Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing (+35.506)
  24. Jake Hill (H) – TAG Racing (+37.687)
  25. Rory Butcher (R)(H) – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo (+39.334)
  26. Stephen Jelley – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport (+40.884)
  27. Brett Smith (R)(H) – Eurotech Racing (+43.747)
  28. Matt Simpson (H) – Simpson Racing (+44.264)
  29. Stewart Lines (H) – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport (+51.271)
  30. Gordon Shedden (H) -Halfords Yuasa Racing (+1 Lap)
  31. Rob Austin – Handy Motorsport (+1 Lap)
  32. DNS. Tom Ingram – Speedworks Motorsport (+16 Laps)
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