BTCC at Knockhill 2017

The British Touring Car Championship made it’s way to Knockhill for Rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the Championship. My family and I went to watch the British Touring Cars in action on Sunday.

13/08/17

The British Touring Car Day

In his 50th career pole position, Jason Plato held off Subaru team-mate Ashley Sutton to his first win of 2017. The both Subaru’s held off the BMW’s of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard in the first and second race as the top 4 pulled away from the rest of the chasing pack. A superb move by Sutton in the second race down the inside of Duffus Dip saw him take the lead off of Plato and take the win.

After the first BTCC win of the season and his 96th overall victory, Plato was upbeat. After a poor start to the season and only yielding one podium finish at Round 15 at Croft, Plato said he was finally comfortable with the Subaru Levorg GT. On a whole, it was a great day of racing for the BMR squad with Plato, Sutton and James Cole in the top 10 for the 3 races.

Newcomer, Rory Butcher was named as the replacement for Luke Davenport after his catastrophic crash at Croft at the end of June. Brother-in-law of Gordon Shedden, Butcher joins Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo for the remainder of the season. Qualifying and finishing in 25th, Butcher rose to 9th in Race 2 and was put in contention for the reserve grid draw. He was drawn 2nd and battled with Shedden and both BMW’s ultimately finishing 9th. Collecting 14 points over the whole weekend puts Butcher in 27th place.

Home-favourite and championship leader heading into the weekend, Gordon Shedden, carried the maximum ballast of 75kgs in qualifying and started the first race in 9th. Shedden climbed to as high as 8th but fell backwards and ended up 11th, 2 places behind team-mate Matt Neal who started the race 21st. A better race for Shedden in Race 2 saw him take 6th but in contention for the reserve grid draw. He took 5th spot and went onto finish 2nd behind race winner Tom Ingram but ahead of Colin Turkington.

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Gordon Shedden during the 3rd and last Touring Car race of the day.

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Tom Ingram won the final race marking his first race win since Round 5 and the 3rd different driver to stand on the top step of the podium today.

My Day

We arrived during the first F4 British Championship and made our way down to Taylor’s Hairpin. We watched the first Touring car race from there and then when the pit-lane opened for the Autograph session, I went and got autographs from Tom Chilton and Senna Proctor, both who drive for Power Maxed Racing.

After the second Touring car race finished, Team BMW held an autograph session at 15:40. I got autographs from Colin Turkington and Rob Collard. For the 3rd and final Touring car race, I’d planned to go to the middle of the circuit to watch. I managed to catch the Porsche Carrera Cup podium presentations before making my way to watch the action from the middle which was accessible by a bridge overlooking the start/finish straight.

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The BTCC is supported all season long by the F4 British Championship (above), Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, Ginetta Junior Championship and Ginetta GT5 Challenge.

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