Colin Turkington took his fourth win of the season in the second race at Oulton Park. The Team RAC driver was able to pass early leader Jason Plato when the diesel-powered Leon slowed just three laps into the race, continuing the Spanish marque’s topsy turvy season.
When the red lights went out to start the race, Plato led from the quick-starting Turkington, whose rear-wheel drive BMW propelled him up to second from fourth on the grid. Tom Chilton and Fabrizio Giovanardi settled into third and fourth positions respectively.
While one SEAT led at the end of the first lap, the other retired from the race. Darren Turner slowed before returning to the pits with a broken driveshaft. If Turner’s exit was bad news for SEAT, it was going to get worse. Plato lost the race lead to Turkington when the Leon was slow out of the hairpin on the second lap. The 2001 champion was then passed by practically the whole field over the next lap, before he joined his teammate in the pits. Plato did later rejoin the race, but it would be too late to salvage a useful result.
Another early retirement was Rob Collard – his Motorbase BMW suffering an engine failure when he was running in a strong sixth position. In the second Motorbase car, Steven Kane was up to fifth position at the start and was soon putting fourth-placed Tom Chilton under pressure. Chilton defended hard for several laps and the pair even ran side-by-side down Clay Hill into the chicane on lap six. Kane eventually took the position away from Chilton on lap eight.
Mat Jackson was showing strong pace in the BMW Dealer Team UK 3 Series. He started from 12th on the grid but was up to seventh by mid-race and was right on the tail of Adam Jones in the Team Aircool SEAT Leon. The pair ran together for several laps, also closing onto the back of Tom Chilton, who dropped down the order when he straight-lined the chicane on lap ten. The following lap saw Jackson finally get the better of Jones to take fifth position.
With Colin Turkington out on his own at the front, Fabrizio Giovanardi and Tom Onslow-Cole were starting to fall back into the clutches of Steven Kane in fourth. A few more laps might have seen Kane close on the Vectras, but he would surely also have come under attack from the flying Mat Jackson
At the chequered flag, Colin Turkington won by almost seven seconds from Giovanardi and Onslow-Cole. Steven Kane and Mat Jackson made it BMWs in fourth and fifth, with Adam Jones sixth and Matt Neal seventh. Gordon Shedden finished eighth, with Andrew Jordan ninth and Stephen Jelley tenth.