Colin Turkington doubles up in second Donington Park race
Reigning champion Colin Turkington made it two wins from two for himself and West Surrey Racing in the second race at Donington Park, taking another lights-to-flag victory in his new BMW 3 Series.
In another race punctuated by two safety car periods, Turkington was untroubled by the chasing pack and came home just over two seconds ahead of Team Dynamics’ Matt Neal, who gained two positions from his grid slot.
Neal passed Ash Sutton in a well-executed move around the outside of Redgate on lap 17, with the Team BMR man holding on to the final place on the podium in his Subaru Levorg.
Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton continued his speedy and consistent start to the season in fourth, maintaining the championship lead he took after race one, with AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher next home in fifth.
Jason Plato took his best result for his new Power Maxed Racing team so far, coming home sixth in his Vauxhall Astra, with team-mate Rob Collard just behind, while BTC Racing’s Josh Cook had an incident-packed run from 24th to 8th and Trade Price Cars Racing’s Jake Hill came from the very back of the grid to take ninth.
Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram finished 10th, and was drawn out of the hat for reverse grid pole for the final race of the day.
Turkington led away from the start with team-mate Tom Oliphant briefly slotting into second, before Ash Sutton dispatched him with an expert move into the Old Hairpin on lap one.
The first caution came at the end of the second tour when Trade Price Cars Racing’s Mark Blundell came together with Excelr8 Motorsport’s Sam Osborne at the final chicane, putting both out of the race.
After a three-lap safety car period, former team-mates Plato and Sam Tordoff came together heading down the Craner Curves, with the AmD Tuning man dropping down to an eventual 14th.
Meanwhile, Cook was continuing his forward charge, passing BTC Racing team-mate Chris Smiley at the Old Hairpin on lap 11. The race ended soon after for the Northern Irishman, who made contact with Team Hard’s Jack Goff at Redgate on lap 12 and spun off into the gravel at the bottom of the Craner Curves.
In one final drama for the charging Cook, he tapped West Surrey Racing’s Tom Oliphant into a spin into Redgate on the 18th lap, sending the BMW down to 17th.
The third and final race of the day is up at 17:15 BST.