Hill wins in Scotland as Turkington takes BTCC lead

Jake Hill gave BMW and WSR a magnificent British Touring Car Championship victory at Knockhill on a day when Colin Turkington surged into the series lead with a double podium finish.

A total of five podium results from WSR-run BMW 330e M Sports across the day not only enhanced both drivers’ title prospects, but also increased BMW’s Manufacturers’ points lead – and its hopes of taking a record-extending seventh-straight title.

ROKiT MB Motorsport racer Jake had starred on Saturday, storming to pole position by over two tenths of a second, and he protected his position at the start of the opening race, only to fall back to second spot on the next lap.

After a couple of failed earlier attempts, the Kent racer moved his ROKiT Ship back into the lead just before half-distance and pulled away to his second win of the year and the fifth of his BTCC career.

He added second-place finishes in the remaining two races – twice setting the fastest lap as well – to leave Scotland with a stunning 59 points; the highest weekend points total scored in the BTCC in 2022.

Not only did this move him up to fourth in the Drivers’ Standings, it also also cut his deficit to the series leader from 41 points to just 14.

“It’s been an excellent weekend,” commented Dick Bennetts, Team Principal. “Five podiums from three races, nine points finishes from nine starts, top-scoring team, three Manufacturer wins, Drivers’ points lead… It couldn’t have gone much better.

“It’s been a real team effort to get here and what we did in Race Three to switch Colin and Jake around was definitely in the best interests of the team. I’d also like to congratulate Ciceley Motorsport and George Gamble on his first BTCC win – a result that means every one of the six BMW 3 Series we’ve built since 2019 has won a race. That’s something we take a huge amount of pride in.”

That series leader is – for the first time in 2022 – Team BMW’s Colin Turkington, who came within 0.2 seconds of making it an all-BMW one-two finish in Race One, but finished in a strong third place.

The Northern Irishman repeated that result in Race Two to rack up his eighth rostrum result of the season and then added fourth in the finale. He has a four-point advantage in the Drivers’ Championship with 12 races remaining.

Stephen Jelley equalled his best weekend points total of the season; the Leicester racer’s trio of top-10 finishes also helping Team BMW to climb to second in the Teams’ Championship and pull to within four points of the series lead.

Stephen finished fourth in the opening race and added eighth and sixth spots across the remainder of the day.

The series continues at Snetterton, Norfolk, in two weeks’ time.

Championship Standings after 6/10 rounds

1/ Colin Turkington – 227 points
2/ Tom Ingram – 222
3/ Ash Sutton – 221
4/ Jake Hill – 213
5/ Josh Cook – 204
6/ Rory Butcher – 170
10/ Stephen Jelley – 107

1/ BMW – 486 points
2/ Hyundai – 426
3/ Ford – 414
4/ Honda 341
5/ Toyota – 332

1/ Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 Tradepricecars.com – 336 points
2/ Team BMW – 331
3/ Napa Racing UK – 321
4/ Halfords Racing with Cataclean – 255
5/ Rich Energy BTC Racing – 243
6/ Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport – 209
8/ ROKiT MB Motorsport – 204

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