More points at Snetterton
West Surrey Racing remained top of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)’s Manufacturers’ standings as Colin Turkington and Rob Collard both gained two podiums over the weekend.
Qualifying Saturday 29th July
Colin Turkington scored a front row start for Sunday’s race after qualifying second, despite the excess 57kg ballast in his car. The last two seasons at Snetterton has seen Turkington win, so he is hoping for similar success this year.
Team mate Rob Collard gained one of his best spots this season, securing 10th place even with 66kg ballast on board.
BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan qualified eighth to give him an advantage for race day after a 6-week Summer break. The Lichfield driver continuously improved his times throughout qualifying, although he was impeded by traffic on his best lap.
Race day Sunday 30th July
Colin Turkington led the first race on Sunday comfortably until spinning on a slippery section of the track which unfortunately caused him to drop to seventh. However, he regained his equilibrium and Race Two saw Turkington finish in second place and Race Three in third, making him the top point scorer for the weekend. Colin’s fortunate weekend has seen him climb to second place in the Championship and is only two points off the current leader, Gordon Shedden.
Hampshire-based Rob Collard managed to advance one place from 10th in qualifying to ninth during Race One, gaining valuable points in the process. In the next two races, he came third and second which helped him maintain his magnificent title as the only driver to score points in every race and finish on the podium in each weekend during the whole BTCC season so far. After his Snetterton success, Collard stands in third place in the Drivers’ Championship.
Andrew Jordan was seen leading the final race of the weekend until an electrical issue with his car caused it to slow to a crawl with only two laps to go. Jordan ended up finishing 21st despite his positions of fourth in Race One and sixth in Race Two. Andrew Jordan maintains his seventh position in the Championship.
The Championship standings are as follows:
Colin Turkington 2nd
Rob Collard 3rd
Andrew Jordan 7th
The British Touring Car Championship kicks off again at Knockhill on 12th-13th August.
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