Double for Turkington in second Croft race
BTCC News | Sun 29th June 2014The second race at Croft followed a similar theme to the first, as Colin Turkington made it two from two for eBay Motors.
By Matt Lamprell
Another pole position and another first corner lead for Turkington, as the former champion led into Clervaux on the opening lap. Two drivers who didn’t make it as far as turn one were Dave Newsham and Rob Austin – the pair collided on the start-finish straight.
Just as in the first race, Turkington came under early pressure from Gordon Shedden. The Honda Racing Team driver challenged the BMW, but just as in the first race, he couldn’t find a way through.
Behind the lead pair, Rob Collard held third – and would do so until the charging Matt Neal caught up with him. Sixth on the opening lap, Neal fought with Andrew Jordan, before making an impressive move on Jason Plato at the entry to Sunny In to take fourth place. It then took Neal just a couple of laps to catch and pass Collard for third.
The most controversial moment of the race came on lap 14. Alain Menu had been enjoying one of his strongest outings to date in the Chrome Edition Restart Racing Volkswagen, running in seventh position. Menu closed on his former Renault BTCC teammate Jason Plato and opted to pass on the inside at Clervaux on lap 14.
Menu appeared to be past the MG, but Plato cut across the back of his rival, sending the VW sideways off the track. It was a move that saw Menu retire from the race. While Plato continued, he was handed a penalty after the race, which saw him pick up a 10-place penalty for the third race of the day.
At the chequered flag, it was a sixth win of the season for Turkington, ahead of Shedden and Neal. However, Neal was excluded from the results following the race, as his Honda Civic Tourer failed its ride-height test in scrutineering. That promoted Rob Collard to third and Andrew Jordan to fourth. Plato took fifth, with Mat Jackson sixth and Sam Tordoff, seventh. Tom Ingram, Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jack Goff completed the top ten.
Colin Turkington said, “My pace was better in that race. The pressure was never off in that race though. It’s great work from the eBay Motors team and another great result.”