Josh Cook, Ashley Sutton and Adam Morgan scored a win apiece this past weekend (August 28/29) as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship put on a show around the fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton.
Kicking off the second half of the season, the BTCC’s second visit of the year to the Hampshire venue was a triumphant one as fans flocked to the venue to watch the action unfold for the first time in two years.
Those in attendance weren’t to be left disappointed either as Britain’s premier motorsport series served up a feast of entertainment.
Qualifying on Saturday saw Halfords Racing with Cataclean’s Daniel Rowbottom take centre stage as he stormed to the top of the times late in the session to clinch his second pole position of the season ahead of Jake Hill.
Unfortunately, Rowbottom wouldn’t be able to covert his front row start into a win in the opening encounter as Thruxton maestro Cook came to the fore to triumph.
Having chalked up six wins in the past four seasons, the BTC Racing ace wasted no time in adding to his record as he charged to a commanding victory. Starting third, the Honda Civic Type R driver hit the front on the opening lap and never looked back, pulling clear to win and reignite his championship challenge.
Behind, Jake Hill and Tom Oliphant enjoyed relatively trouble-free drives to the chequered flag to claim second and third respectively.
Race two saw reigning champion Sutton score his fourth win of the year. After shedding weight following the opening encounter, the Laser Tools Racing driver was a man on a mission as he carved his way to the front from fifth.
Sizing up the now ballast-ladened Cook for a number of laps, the double title winner made his move heading into Allard and once out front he was able to push on and extend strengthen his stranglehold at the standings summit.
Cook held firm in second whilst Oliphant made it two third place finishes from two races as he rounded out the podium.
The third and final race of the weekend proved to be action-packed, with the safety car making a total of three appearances along the way.
Various incidents involving the likes of Jade Edwards, Gordon Shedden, Sam Smelt, Ollie Jackson and Carl Boardley halted proceedings however Morgan held his nerve out front to take a lights-to-flag win.
Drawn onto pole position via the reverse grid draw, the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport driver soaked up race-long pressure from Colin Turkington to win whilst Senna Proctor clinched the remaining spot on the podium.
Leaving Thruxton, Sutton has extended his lead at the top of the BTCC Drivers’ Championship to 30 points over Tom Ingram.
To view the full classification of results from all BTCC sessions at Thruxton, CLICK HERE.
The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship heads to North Yorkshire next for Rounds 19, 20 & 21 at Croft Circuit on September 18/19.