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BTCC Race 3: Turkington triumphs in final contest

Sunday, October 10 2021

Team BMW's Colin Turkington claimed his fourth win of the year in the final Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Donington Park.

Turkington started on reverse grid pole, and led from lights to flag to claim his 60th BTCC win to repair some of the damage done when he spun away fourth place in race two.

The four-time champion finished four seconds ahead of fellow championship contender Jake Hill (Ford) who edged through into second on lap 10.

Hill fended off a late challenge from Infiniti driver Aiden Moffat to claim the final spot on the podium.

Toyota driver Rory Butcher completed a strong weekend with fourth place ahead of BTC Racing Honda man Josh Cook, who just about remains in championship contention after adding fifth to his eighth and seventh place finishes from today's earlier races. 

Daniel Rowbottom was classified sixth in his Honda Civic after a five second time penalty for a false start, with Daniel Lloyd in seventh also suffering the same problem. 

Ash Sutton ended his weekend with eighth place, and will take a comfortable 32 point lead to Brands Hatch in a fortnight's time. 

Stephen Jelley in his 201st BTCC race was ninth for Team BMW, with another title challenger Tom Ingram completing the top-10 to keep him in contention heading to the season finale. 

Turkington established a comfortable advantage on the first lap, which was wiped out following a shunt at Redgate for Sam Smelt and Jack Butel in the opening seconds of the contest. But he controlled the restart and then marched away to take his 60th victory, drawing him level on wins with Andy Rouse. 

Turkington said: "It's great to get on the top step, that's three years in a row winning at Donington with the 3-Series. It's been a day not without its challenges but we've hung in there and dug deep, especially after race two where I had a lot of frustration. Sometimes things happen for a reason, and this win keeps us in contention heading to the final round."

Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Donington Park, race three result:
1. Colin Turkington, BMW 330i M Sport, 18 laps
2. Jake Hill, Ford Focus, +4.096s
3. Aiden Moffar, Infiniti Q50, +4.945s
4. Rory Butcher, Toyota Corolla, +7.401s
5. Josh Cook, Honda Civic Type R, +7.752s
6. Daniel Rowbottom, Honda Civic Type R, +11.136s
7. Daniel Lloyd, Vauxhall Astra, +13.260s
8. Ash Sutton, Infiniti Q50, +13.594s
9. Stephen Jelley, BMW 330i M Sport, +18.258s
10. Tom Ingram, Hyunda i30N, +19.615s

The next major event at Donington Park is the British GT and GB3 season finale next weekend. Tickets are available in advance at discounted prices. Click here for full details.