Formula 1
28 Mar
FP1 in
28 days
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
51 days
MotoGP
28 Mar
FP1 in
28 days
R
Doha GP
02 Apr
Next event in
35 days
Formula E
R
Diriyah ePrix I
26 Feb
Practice 1 in
01 Hours
:
23 Minutes
:
34 Seconds
R
Diriyah ePrix II
27 Feb
Practice 1 in
1 day
IndyCar
R
Birmingham
16 Apr
Next event in
49 days
23 Apr
Next event in
56 days

Oulton Park BTCC: Hill wins after controversial Neal clash

Jake Hill took a controversial first ever BTCC win after the polesitter made contact with brief leader Matt Neal in the Oulton Park finale.

shares
comments
Oulton Park BTCC: Hill wins after controversial Neal clash

The Audi driver was drawn first for the partially reversed race three grid but was forced to defend from Neal immediately as the Team Dynamics driver made the superior getaway.

As Hill closed off the attack, it compromised Neal’s line and so he then had to turn his attention to third-starting Jason Plato.

But Neal maintained the place as Hill edged ahead by three tenths at the end of the opening lap.

The three-time champion aborted a couple of lunges on Hill, but then out dragged the Audi across the line.

Neal momentarily had first place at the apex of the first corner but as he moved his Honda across the track and back on to the racing line Hill appeared to nudge the back of his car.

That sent Neal into a spin and tumbling down the order, with Plato and Tom Ingram caught up in the incident as well.

Plato was able to rejoin but the damage to his Vauxhall caused it to lay down a film of oil on the way to Island Bend, which sent several drivers spearing off on to the grass.

Up front, Hill was left with a shock 5.982s lead over Rory Butcher who had moved up from fifth on the grid in the melee.

Butcher banged in a run of fastest laps to tear at Hill’s lead – up to 0.9s faster than Hill each tour – and he dragged himself on to the back of the Audi.

It looked set for the two AmD Tuning cars to battle it out for the win, but Butcher was caught out on the oil on the run into the hairpin as he closed on to Hill's bumper.

He out braked himself and ran straight on and across the grass, which dropped him down to sixth place.

That left Hill to run onto the spoils almost a second clear of a fortunate Stephen Jelley in the BMW.

Tom Oliphant was the highest placed WSR driver, taking his second BTCC podium this season in the 330i M Sport.

Butcher’s teammate Sam Tordoff climbed to fourth in the drama as Andrew Jordan rounded out the top five.

Behind a recovering Butcher, Josh Cook scored seventh place as Ashley Sutton and race one and two winner Colin Turkington scrapped for eighth and ninth.

It was Sutton who claimed that scalp, as Turkington’s nudge on Josh Cook through Druids forced the BMW driver off line where Sutton moved by.

Aidan Moffat closed of the top 10 ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Adam Morgan and an infuriated Neal. 

Oulton Park BTCC: Turkington eases to 50th career win

Previous article

Oulton Park BTCC: Turkington eases to 50th career win

Next article

Hill penalised for Neal crash, loses maiden BTCC win

Hill penalised for Neal crash, loses maiden BTCC win
Load comments

About this article

Series BTCC
Event Oulton Park
Drivers Jake Hill
Author Matt Kew
The Top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020 Prime

The Top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020

The 2020 British Touring Car Championship will go down as a classic in which new winners graced the top step of the podium and an unloved chassis was resurrected into a champion. But who were the year's top performers?

BTCC
Dec 24, 2020
The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020 Prime

The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020

The Infiniti Q50 was completely redesigned, redeveloped and revamped by BMR and Laser Tools Racing for 2020. And the flamboyant brilliance of the driver behind the wheel was enough to snatch the title at the last gasp…

BTCC
Dec 11, 2020
Why the BTCC social media trolls have got it wrong Prime

Why the BTCC social media trolls have got it wrong

A number of drivers on this year's British Touring Car Championship grid have been called out on social media for taking other people's seats, whether they are older or drivers who are deemed to have less talent. Matt James busts the myth

BTCC
Mar 27, 2019
How the BTCC's class of 2018 ranked each other Prime

How the BTCC's class of 2018 ranked each other

The BTCC keeps getting more competitive - this season produced another new record number of winners. That made picking a final top 10 an unenviable task, so we enlisted the help of those who were in the heat of the action to decide the order.

BTCC
Nov 2, 2018
Can a champion be worthy if he only won one race? Prime

Can a champion be worthy if he only won one race?

Titles should be won by the driver who claims more victories than anyone else, so convention goes. Does the unpredictable nature of the British Touring Car Championship render that notion obsolete?

BTCC
Oct 10, 2018
BTCC's hybrid future faces urgent hurdles Prime

BTCC's hybrid future faces urgent hurdles

The British Touring Car Championship recently announced it is investigating how to incorporate hybrid technology into its future machines. In doing so it's following the higher echelons of motorsport, while also revealing risks for its grassroots.

BTCC
Aug 19, 2018
Why the BTCC's best villain can't stop playing the game Prime

Why the BTCC's best villain can't stop playing the game

Jason Plato and the British Touring Car Championship are inextricably linked. The charismatic self-styled bad boy has done well out of the series, while it also benefits from his combative star-quality.

BTCC
Aug 14, 2018
When an F1 champion ruled the BTCC Prime

When an F1 champion ruled the BTCC

On his days off from starring on the world stage, double Formula 1 world champion Jim Clark was a spectacular home hero in tin-tops.

BTCC
Aug 13, 2018