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BTCC Race 3: Jelley moulds victory in final Oulton Park contest

Sunday, June 12 2022

Polesitter Stephen Jelley claimed his first Kwik Fit BTCC race win of the season in the final race of the weekend at Oulton Park.

Starting from pole courtesy of the reverse grid draw selecting number 12, his finishing position in race two, Jelley marched away at the front, finishing clear of Infiniti contender Aiden Moffat.

The race was almost immediately put under safety car on the first lap, after Dan Lloyd was pitched into the Armco coming over Hilltop and bounced back into the track, with Colin Turkington left with nowhere to go other than into Lloyd's Hyundai, with Michael Crees taking avoiding action too and joining the chain reaction.

Racing resumed at the end of the fifth lap, with Jelley establishing a lead of almost a second after the restart lap. From there, he was able to establish a comfortable margin of 1.5 seconds over Moffat, who claimed his first podium of the year with second place.

Ricky Collard, another driver involved in the opening lap skirmish finished third on the road, but was penalised five seconds for a start infringement, promoting Josh Cook back into third and an uncontested championship lead having gone into the event sharing the honour with Tom Ingram.

Gordon Shedden ended his weekend with fourth place, ahead of Rory Butcher's Toyota who claimed his third top-five result of the weekend.

Dan Cammish's Ford Focus was next up in sixth ahead of Collard after his penalty, while Adam Morgan stormed up from 16th on the grid to eighth in his BMW 330e.

Ash Hand equalled his best result of the season so far with ninth in his Vauxhall Astra with Team HARD Cupra Leon driver Aron Taylor-Smith emerging on top of a fierce tussle with BTC Honda's Jason Plato and fellow Honda runner Daniel Rowbottom.

There was another thrilling scrap behind, which saw Jake Hill recover to 13th after dropping to the tail of the field on the first tour, finishing ahead of Ford's Ollie Jackson and maiden points finisher Dexter Patterson (Infiniti), with the trio going wheel to wheel for much of the final part of the race.

Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Oulton Park, top-15 result:
1. Stephen Jelley, BMW 330e M Sport, 18 laps
2. Aiden Moffat, Infiniti Q50, +1.541s
3. Josh Cook, Honda Civic Type R, +3.975s
4. Gordon Shedden, Honda Civic Type R, +4.402s
5. Rory Butcher, Toyota Corolla GR Sport, +5.196s
6. Daniel Cammish, Ford Focus ST, +8.245s
7. Ricky Collard, Toyota Corolla GR Sport, +8.261s
8. Adam Morgan, BMW 330e M Sport, +8.453s
9. Ash Hand, Vauxhall Astra, +11.503s
10. Aron Taylor-Smith, Cupra Leon, +16.670s
11. Jason Plato, Honda Civic Type R, +16.894s
12. Daniel Rowbottom, Honda Civic Type R, +17.153s
13. Jake Hill, BMW 330e M Sport, +22.154s
14. Ollie Jackson, Ford Focus ST, +22.905s
15. Dexter Patterson, Infiniti Q50 +23.201s

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