Knockhill BTCC: Collard beats Jackson to race one victory

Rob Collard took a convincing win from Mat Jackson in the first BTCC race at Knockhill, as West Surrey Racing took three of the first four positions.

Knockhill BTCC: Collard beats Jackson to race one victory
Rob Collard, JCT1600 Racing with Gardx
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance
Sam Tordoff, West Surrey Racing
Andy Priaulx, Team IHG Rewards Club
Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing and Matt Neal, Honda Racing Civic Type R
Andy Priaulx, Team IHG Rewards Club
Rob Austin, Exocet Alcosense
Jason Plato and Aron Smith, Team BMR

Collard took the lead of the race on lap 19, after the Motorbase Ford Focus of Jackson dominated the early stages. Jackson took the lead on the first lap, while the BMW trio of Collard, Andy Priaulx and Sam Tordoff battled between themselves.

After some contact between Tordoff and Collard, the former dropped back into the clutches of the frontrunners with the softer rubber, falling as far as seventh.

The race would eventually come back to Tordoff, who pulled off a fantastic move on both Gordon Shedden and Rob Austin at the hairpin before closing in on the top three, but it was too late for a realistic podium challenge to take place.

While Jackson made the most of his soft rubber, setting the fastest lap and thus taking pole for race two, his tyres dropped off much quicker than the BMWs of Priaulx and Collard.

Jackson soon found himself with a mirror full of Priaulx, but the three-time World Champion could not find a way past.

Collard, however, made the most of Priaulx being held up by Jackson, particularly when his teammate was forced out wide by the Ford, allowing Collard to move up in to second place, before taking the lead just two laps later.

Priaulx was unable to find his way past and had to settle for third behind Jackson and race-winner Collard.

While Tordoff was able to reel the front runners in, the two Hondas of Shedden and Matt Neal found themselves locked in a thrilling battle with the Audi A4 of Rob Austin, all of whom were shod with soft tyres.

Andrew Jordan, Adam Morgan and Colin Turkington, the first of the Team BMR drivers, rounded out the top 10 positions.

Championship leader Jason Plato meanwhile opted to drop back on the formation lap and start from the back of the grid to try and get a good lap in for the race two grid.

As a result the Team BMR driver only finished in 23rd, but was able to set a lap time good enough for eighth on the grid in race two.

James Charman / TouringCarTimes
 
Pos. Driver Car Time/Gap
Rob Collard BMW 22'43.347
Mat Jackson Ford 1.720
Andy Priaulx BMW 1.891
Sam Tordoff BMW 2.734
Gordon Shedden Honda 7.820
Matt Neal Honda 7.925
Rob Austin Audi 8.060
Andrew Jordan MG 11.128
Adam Morgan Mercedes 11.762
10  Colin Turkington Volkswagen 15.593
11  Jack Goff MG 15.772
12  Jeff Smith Honda 17.354
13  Warren Scott Volkswagen 22.315
14  Martin Depper Honda 27.282
15  Mike Bushell Ford 31.678
16  Josh Cook Chevrolet 31.686
17  James Cole Ford 32.381
18  Dave Newsham Chevrolet 37.459
19  Robb Holland Toyota 43.378
20  Alex Martin Ford 47.716
21  Daniel Welch Proton 48.120
22  Aiden Moffat Mercedes 49.683
23  Jason Plato Volkswagen  
24  Stewart Lines Toyota  
25  Aron Smith Volkswagen  
Tom Ingram Toyota  
Kieran Gallagher Toyota  
Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti  

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