BTCC – Snetterton

Snetterton – ‘Diamond Double’
On Saturday 28th July the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship roared back into action for the sixth meeting of the season at Snetterton, located in Norfolk. This event was different to the other nine this year, being named the ‘Diamond Double’ because race three of the weekend was extended to see the cars race for sixty miles to celebrate sixty years of the BTCC.
The notorious Matt Neal saw another landmark moment in his career occur after taking the victory in the ‘Double Diamond’ race aboard his Halfords Yuasa Racing FK8 Honda CivicType R. The ‘Diamond Double’ race was a one off 60 mile long race with all cars being ballast free, double points were also on offer.
The thirty race season and overall championship remained the main goal for the drivers and teams but this race was one they all wanted and looked forward to.
Jack Goff made a good start from pole position in his WIX Racing with Eurotech run Civic Type R, keeping Neal at bay. A quick shower of rain allowed the latter to close in on the bumper of Goff. On lap nine, Neal managed to dive past Goff whilst Speedworks Motorsports’ Tom Ingram followed behind watching the entertainment unfold aboard his Toyota Avensis. The three drivers were inseparable for the remainder of the memorable race, Neal held on to take the victory ahead of Goff and Ingram completing the podium. The victory was Neal’s sixty-third win in his career.
Race one of the weekend was a classic BTCC race as Goff and Team BMR’s reigning champion Ash Sutton crossed the finishing line together in a photo finish. The two were playing cat and mouse throughout the race with Sutton storming through from seventh to second on the opening lap of the race. Goff got a blinding start off the line and began opening up a gap that built to being more than three seconds before Sutton began closing in.
After setting multiple fastest laps during the middle of the race the Subaru racer was on the tail of Goff with just two laps remaining. Some contact occurred between the two with Sutton leading the duo along the start finish straight before Goff stormed alongside, bringing a photo finish to the race with the Honda driver taking the win. He won by just 0.152 seconds. Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish completed the podium.
Ash Sutton hit back in the second race as he took his third win of the season aboard his Adrian Flux backed Subaru. He narrowly fended off Power Maxed TAG Racing’s Josh Cook throughout the race. Tom Ingram was the standout driver in that race as he produced one of the best drives of the season as he stormed his way through from twenty-seventh on the grid to claim third place, taking a podium nobody thought he would. Ingram made amazing passes throughout the race with his final two moves bringing all of his team to their feet. He diced down the inside of BTC Norlin Racing’s Chris Smiley with just over one lap of the race remaining before storming up the side of Cammish to the line, beating the Honda to the line to take his podium finish by just 0.042 seconds.
With the dust settling after the historic day of racing in the BTCC paddock, Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram leaves Snetterton in the lead of the overall Drivers’ championship by five points over Team BMW’s Colin Turkington. BMW are still leading the Manufacturers’ title but Halfords Yuasa Racing moved into the lead of the Teams’ title race. Speedworks Motorsport are still in the lead of both the Independent drivers’ and team’s championship. Dan Cammish is in the lead of the Jack Sears Trophy.
The next rounds (19, 20 and 21) of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will take place at Rockingham in two weeks’ time (11/12 August).
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 16 – Snetterton
1. Jack GOFF – WIX Racing with Eurotech
2. Ashley SUTTON – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
3. Dan CAMMISH – Halfords Yuasa Racing
4. Josh COOK – Power Maxed TAG Racing
5. Sam TORDOFF – Team GardX Racing with Motorbase
6. Rob AUSTIN – DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing
7. Chris SMILEY – BTC Norlin Racing
8. Tom OLIPHANT – Ciceley Motorsport
9. Dan LLOYD – BTC Norlin Racing
10. Adam MORGAN – Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 17 – Snetterton
1. Ashley SUTTON – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
2. Josh COOK – Power Maxed TAG Racing
3. Tom INGRAM – Speedworks Motorsport
4. Dan CAMMISH – Halfords Yuasa Racing
5. Chris SMILEY – BTC Norlin Racing
6. Sam TORDOFF – Team GardX Racing with Motorbase
7. Senna PROCTOR – Power Maxed TAG Racing
8. Tom OLIPHANT – Ciceley Motorsport
9. Andrew JORDAN – BMW Pirtek Racing
10. Ant WHORTON-EALES – AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 18:
‘The Diamond Double’ – Snetterton
1. Matt NEAL – Halfords Yuasa Racing
2. Jack GOFF – WIX Racing with Eurotech
3. Tom INGRAM – Speedworks Motorsport
4. Andrew JORDAN – BMW Pirtek Racing
5. Tom CHILTON – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher
6. Colin TURKINGTON – Team BMW
7. Josh COOK – Power Maxed TAG Racing
8. Matt SIMPSON – Simpson Racing
9. Dan LLOYD – BTC Norlin Racing
10. Bobby THOMPSON – Team HARD with Trade Price Cars
Penalties
Qualifying:
– Rob Austin received a verbal warning for an incident involving Ash Sutton. This does not count as a strike.
Race 2:
– Ollie Jackson received a verbal warning for an incident involving Matt Neal.
Race 3:
– Rob Austin was officially reprimanded and given two penalty points for an incident involving Tom Oliphant.
– Senna Proctor was penalised by the addition of 0.1 seconds to his race time following an incident involving Ollie Jackson. This does not count as a strike.

Post Author: Cassandra Hebbourn

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