BTCC Donington Park Race Three: Ballast free Turkington takes race three honours

October 10, 2021

by Stuart Richards

Colin Turkington has taken victory in the third Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park after starting from pole position.

The four-time BTCC Champion takes his 60th BTCC victory after being drawn on pole position by Jodie Kidd. This means that the Northern Irishman is now level with Andy Rouse in both championships and race victories in the series.

With no ballast in his car, Turkington just had to drive into the sun and he did so dominantly since he also gained the bonus points for fastest lap and leading a lap.

Jake Hill ended his day with second following a titanic battle with Daniel Rowbottom. Rowbottom who had a five second penalty hanging over his finishing time due to a false start didn't make it easy for the MB Motorsport Ford Focus to get by. Eventually, Hill made his way by and the train of cars behind dropped Rowbottom further down the order.

Third went the way of Aiden Moffat who ran out of laps to get past Hill in the closing stages. The Focus was too quick through the final chicane and often gapped the Laser Tools Racing lap after lap.

The Safety Car made an appearance following an opening lap incident between Sam Smelt and Jack Butel. Pushed wide exiting Redgate, Smelt attempted to rejoin and made contact with a following car which pushed him into the side of Butel's Hyundai. Both were retirements on the spot.

Remaining consistent this weekend, Rory Butcher took fourth ahead of Josh Cook in fifth and Rowbottom in sixth.

Daniel Lloyd, who also gained a five second penalty due to a false start, ended his strong weekend in seventh and championship leader Ashley Sutton scored more points to cement his lead with eighth.

Ninth went the way of Stephen Jelley and Tom Ingram ended his day with tenth following race two disappointment. Ingram made life very difficult for Sutton during the majority of the race with the Infiniti struggling to make his way past the maximum ballasted Hyundai. Eventually he made his way by.

Outside of the top ten, Gordon Shedden took 13th and Jack Goff took 14th. Jason Plato took the final points scoring position.

Image Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography


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