BTCC 2018: Morgan, Sutton and Smiley share Rockingham wins

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Having retired from the opening race with mechanical issues, Tom Ingram started 27th on the grid in his Toyota Avensis. But he put in an incredible charge to finish the race in third. With title rival Turkington two spots back in fifth, that gave Ingram a narrow lead in the points – but only for a few hours.

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Having finished tenth in race two, Chilton drew pole for the reverse grid finale, but in wet conditions he was one of a number of drivers to run wide at the first turn, with plenty of contact as a result.

BTC Norlin Honda Civic racer Smiley dodged the chaos to tale the lead. The 26-year-old kept his cool during a mid-race safety car, and pulled away to take his maiden BTCC victory in style.

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There was drama to the final corner behind. Matt Simpson (Civic) held second until running wide under pressure from Turkington at Brook. His slide allowed Sam Tordoff (Motorbase Focus RS) and Ingram to close in, the three crossing the line almost side-by-side – but with Simpson holding into the final podium spot.

Turkington’s second place returned him to the top of the points table, four ahead of Ingram.

The next event is at Knockhill on August 25/26.

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