Results From The British Touring Car Championship At Thruxton
- May 22, 2019
- Posted by: Josh Locke
- Category: BTCC
This weekend proved to be a difficult affair for Trade Price Cars. Mark Blundell was forced to retire in two of the three races and Jake Hill couldn’t build on a solid first race and 10th place finish.
Andrew Jordan claimed 1st place in both the 1st and 2nd race, with BMW and the Honda Civic Type R cars having a dominant and very successful day at Thruxton. Jake Hill started the grid in P14 as he worked his way up four places to a respectable 10th place finish. Mark Blundell who finished last in qualifying also moved up three places, as he continues to get to grips with the BTCC. Sam Tordoff and Dan Cammish completed the podium.
Jake Hill commented after the race:
“Really tough race, so much pressure from Josh (Cook), but really pleased with P10 and a great job by AmD Tuning and Trade Price Cars Racing to give me a car to fight with”
Mark was forced to retire with radiator problems after 11 laps, while Jake was able to secure a 12th placed finish and remain 9th in the overall BTCC standings.
Elsewhere Dan Cammish set a new Thruxton BTCC lap record with an average above 110mph, helping him secure a successive 3rd place finish. Incredibly Josh Cook beat it in Race 3 by 0.001. Yes, you read that right! Colin Turkington’s 2nd place finish marked an astounding 400th time he has climbed the podium steps in the BTCC.
Mark Blundell’s Audi was still causing some concern as he was forced to retire again after 12 laps. Jake Hill, who was unlucky to start from P11 following a reverse grid draw, also had a difficult race. Hill charged into the ‘Complex’ on Ingram’s tail, with Morgan pushing him into the braking zone. A spin by Collard meant Hill had to call on his lightning reactions to miss the stationary Vauxhall, being forced across the grass in the process, and being bundled down to 15th place, but hugely fortunate to avoid a collision. Frustratingly, Jake had to settle for an 18th place finish.
It’s the first time Trade Price Cars have dropped out of the top 10 in the BTCC championship, but with points still very tight, the next race is a chance to put things right.
Mark Blundell had this to say regarding this season in the BTCC:
“I have a huge amount of respect for everything this Championship represents and myself and the whole team are determined to get us moving in the right direction like we know we can.”
Next BTCC Event; Croft 15th/16th June
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