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Brands Hatch BTCC: Turkington grabs title, Cammish crashes, Plato wins

Matt Kew
Turkington grabs title, Cammish crashes, Plato wins

Colin Turkington won the 2019 British Touring Car Championship in dramatic fashion from 25th on the grid after Dan Cammish crashed out with one lap remaining at Brands Hatch.

WSR BMW driver Turkington recovered 19 places to finish sixth having slipped past Cammish, who then suffered a car failure on lap 13 of 15 and span backwards into a tyre wall.

It takes Turkington equal with Andy Rouse as a four-time BTCC champion, as he won the title by two points ahead of Andrew Jordan and Cammish.

Jason Plato won the race itself, his 97th BTCC triumph.

It was Turkington's fellow BMW driver Stephen Jelley who led during the early part of the race, having made a strong launch from second on the grid to usurp polesitter Senna Proctor into Paddock Hill Bend.

But fifth-starting Plato passed Proctor for second through Surtees, then closed on Jelley and got a clean run out of Clearways to overtake down the main straight and assume the lead.

In a race uninterrupted by safety cars, Plato was at times four seconds to the good on the soft compound tyre.

He dropped back in the late stages, but sealed his win by a margin of 0.958s over Rory Butcher - who wins the Independents' drivers' crown.

Ash Sutton headed Jordan for third place after Proctor was knocked into a spin at Stirlings by Josh Cook, who eventually finished fifth.

Turkington, in sixth, blitzed 10 places on the opening lap - having been left well down the order following his race two tangle with Cammish's team-mate Matt Neal - to climb to 15th and into the points positions.

Turkington grabs title, Cammish crashes, Plato wins

With Jelley, Proctor and Tom Chilton in trouble, Turkington soon found himself behind Tom Ingram and Cammish on the fringes of the top 10.

He outdragged Ingram on the run out of Surtees, and then dived past Cammish with the inside line into Druids.

Cammish fell prey to Adam Morgan and a recovering Jelley - having run wide at Surtees - but suffered a dramatic car failure that sent him spinning into the tyre wall and out of the race with just over a lap to go.

It marks the first time Cammish has failed to finish a race all season.

Ingram held on for seventh ahead of Jackson, Morgan and Tom Oliphant, with Mark Blundell ending his racing return season in 20th.

Race three result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 15 23m19.614s
2 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 15 0.958s
3 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 15 1.767s
4 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 15 4.248s
5 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 15 5.333s
6 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 15 13.598s
7 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 15 14.103s
8 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 15 16.810s
9 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 15 17.346s
10 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 15 17.653s
11 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 15 18.758s
12 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 15 19.409s
13 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 15 19.786s
14 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Infiniti 15 19.931s
15 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 15 23.307s
16 Mike Bushell AmD Tuning Honda 15 23.724s
17 Michael Caine Motorbase Performance Ford 15 24.171s
18 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 15 24.800s
19 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 15 31.345s
20 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 15 32.646s
21 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 15 32.916s
22 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 15 34.070s
- Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 13 Retirement
- Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 13 Retirement
- Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 12 Retirement
- Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 5 Retirement
- Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 3 Retirement
- Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 1 Retirement
- Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 0 Not started
- Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 0 Retirement

Final drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Colin Turkington 320
2 Andrew Jordan 318
3 Dan Cammish 318
4 Josh Cook 278
5 Rory Butcher 266
6 Tom Ingram 245
7 Jason Plato 237
8 Ash Sutton 233
9 Matt Neal 232
10 Tom Chilton 200
11 Tom Oliphant 178
12 Adam Morgan 155
13 Sam Tordoff 147
14 Chris Smiley 132
15 Jake Hill 131
16 Rob Collard 118
17 Stephen Jelley 105
18 Aiden Moffat 89
19 Ollie Jackson 81
20 Senna Proctor 49
21 Jack Goff 47
22 Bobby Thompson 35
23 Matt Simpson 33
24 Mike Bushell 27
25 Michael Caine 16
26 Michael Crees 11
27 Daniel Rowbottom 5
28 Mark Blundell 5
29 Carl Boardley 5
30 Sam Osborne 2
31 Rob Smith 2
32 Nicolas Hamilton 0

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