Physical Digital® watched all the action over the Easter weekend as West Surrey Racing’s fantastic trio of Rob Collard #5, Colin Turkington #4 and Andrew Jordan #77 battled hard during Donington Park’s BTCC Round 2 showdown. West Surrey Racing eventually emerged glorious, claiming 1st place for both the Independent’s and Manufacturer’s teams’ trophies at Donington, while BMW retained its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
The Donington Park circuit is notorious for favouring front-wheel-drive cars, so going into Round 2 of the BTCC, the BMW drivers were aiming to maintain their positions but not expecting top spots at this difficult circuit. They could not have foreseen the nail-biting action and wet weather that were to affect the races this weekend.
The qualifying heat was incredibly tight, with only one second separating the first 25 drivers, meaning that Turkington took 10th grid spot, while Rob Collard booked in at 13th just ahead of Andrew Jordan’s 14th place.
Donington shine despite the rain!
Race 1 saw the young Aiden Moffat take top slot, with Colin Turkington ending strong in 4th place, setting the fastest lap along the way. Rob Collard powered through from 13th place on the grid to end 6th. Lichfield-based Andrew Jordan finished 15th in the first of the races at his local circuit.
Race 2 saw a hard-fought second place for Hampshire’s Rob Collard, powering the BMW through from his grid spot #6 to take his 55th BTCC podium place. Andrew Jordan was spun backwards off the track in the opening lap, pushing him to the back of the race. Fighting back valiantly, Jordan rose from 30th to 15th, achieving fastest lap of the race in the process. Colin Turkington achieved a solid 5th place, gaining strongly from his qualifying position in 10th.
Race 3 started in treacherous, rain-soaked conditions which created huge amounts of spray and threatened the racers with aquaplaning vehicles.
Rob Collard needed all his experience and race craft to claim 12th place in a race that was restarted after a number of vehicles left the track. Collard’s #5 BMW spun off the track during the first lap and was hit hard by another car while on the grass. The race restarted but Collard had sustained significant damage to his left-rear suspension, meaning that it took all his skill and courage to finally achieve 12th place. As Rob said: "I was hit pretty hard on the first lap and damaged my suspension, which became more of a problem as the race went on and the track went from being full wet to greasy, because I had almost no grip under acceleration, so 12th was the result.” After such a thrilling weekend, Collard stands 5th in the current Drivers’ position.
Andrew Jordan began the race in 15th, climbing strongly through the rankings to be in 7th position by the end of half a lap, despite the atrocious conditions. However, the restart meant that he was placed back in 15th position and soon into the race his front-right tyre was punctured following contact with another driver, sending him into the pits for a tyre change. Jordan continued to battle on and eventually claimed 18th place, putting him 7th in the drivers’ standings at the end of Round 2.
Racing to 1st place
Colin Turkington raced hard after the leader Gordon Shedden, sticking with the Honda driver and finishing four seconds behind the #52. Finally, after the on-road winner Gordon Shedden was excluded from the results after a technical infringement, Turkington took the winner’s crown for the 42nd time in his BTCC career. The victory gave WSR their 71st trophy and sealed BMW’s second success, following Andrew Jordan’s winner’s crown at Brands Hatch a fortnight earlier in the BTCC’s opening round. Northern Irishman Turkington said: "The conditions were dreadful at the start of Race Three; I was struggling to see through all the spray, but things worked out nicely in the end.”
This places Turkington second in the drivers’ standings, a position he will be aiming to improve even further at Round Three at Thruxton on 6th -7th May.
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