Collard makes it five from five
Rob Collard became the fifth different winner from the opening five races of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after making a late move in the second contest at Donington Park.
BMW join Toyota, Honda, Mercedes and Ford in the BTCC winners circle so far this season, but West Surrey Racing’s Collard had to do it from sixth on the grid.
The Team JCT600 with GardX driver blasted up to third on the first lap, but he had to wait until lap 12 to make further ground as Tom Ingram defended valiantly. Collard passed the Toyota Avensis with a tidy move at the final chicane and he immediately set about hunting down Mat Jackson’s Ford Focus, which had led from the start.
Collard eventually hauled in the ballast-laden Focus and the two cars ran side-by-side on the exit of Coppice on lap 18, and Jackson had to concede going into the Esses. The race one winner held on to take second while a sensational scrap ensued behind him for the final podium position.
Four cars almost ran alongside eachother at one stage as Sam Tordoff’s BMW bounced across the gravel, before his WSR team-mate Jack Goff tapped Ingram’s Toyota on the exit of the chicane. Tordoff lost out slightly while Ingram dropped way down the order, and when the dust finally settled it was Aron Smith who held third for BKR.
Honda’s Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal sandwiched Goff’s BMW in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, whilst Josh Cook scored some valuable points MG with seventh, despite both him and team-mate Ashley Sutton again being shuffled down the order.
Tordoff took eighth but will have been consoled following the race as his number was picked at random in the reverse grid draw, meaning he will start today’s final encounter from pole position. Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat got the better of Rob Austin’s Toyota and the sister Mercedes of Adam Morgan to grab ninth.
2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 5 – Donington Park
1 Robert COLLARD (GBR) Team JCT600 Racing with GardX 25m 07.394s
2 Mat JACKSON (GBR) Motorbase Performance +1.670
3 Aron SMITH (IRL) BKR +3.307
4 Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +3.429s
5 Jack GOFF (GBR) Team IHG Rewards Club +4.939s
6 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +5.547s
7 Josh COOK (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +9.967s
8 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team JCT600 Racing with GardX +10.311s
9 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +11.124s
10 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +11.378s
11 Adam MORGAN (GBR) WIX Racing +12.609s
12 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) Motorbase Performance +13.358s
13 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +20.040s
14 Hunter ABBOTT (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +20.315s
15 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +20.433s
16 Alex MARTIN (GBR) Dextra Racing +20.856s
17 Martin DEPPER (GBR) Eurotech Racing +24.166s
18 Jeff SMITH (GBR) Eurotech Racing +25.205s
19 Warren SCOTT (GBR) Subaru Team BMR +25.739s
20 Jason PLATO (GBR) Subaru Team BMR +26.730s
21 Chris SMILEY (GBR) TLC Racing +27.223s
22 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +31.188s
23 Mark HOWARD (GBR) BKR +37.866s
24 Michael EPPS (GBR) RCIB Insurance Racing +38.505s
25 Stewart LINES (GBR) Maximum Motorsport +40.159s
26 Jake HILL (GBR) RCIB Insurance Racing DNF
27 Daniel WELCH (GBR) Goodstone Racing DNF
28 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Subaru Team BMR DNF
29 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD Tuning DNF
30 Kelvin FLETCHER (GBR) Power Maxed Racing DNF
31 James COLE (GBR) Subaru Team BMR DNS