Jake Hill wins third BTCC race of the season in Race 1 at Thruxton

Jake Hill wins third BTCC race of the season in Race 1 at Thruxton

Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport's Jake Hill became the first treble winner of the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship as he backed up his recent Snetterton double by winning the opener here at Thruxton.

 

It's also the first time this season that a race one pole-sitter hasn't converted that to victory, as Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS' Tom Ingram bogged down at the start.

 

The #24 BMW 330e M Sport of Hill blasted off the line and nipped between second placed Dan Cammish and ahead of Ingram, as the latter got swamped by a trio of NAPA Racing UK cars.

 

There was contact further down the order early on as a clash between Team BMW's Adam Morgan and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK's Andrew Watson dislodged the tyre stack at the final chicane, resulting in a brief safety car period.

 

Things settled down among the top positions following the restart, albeit at a ferocious pace, as Hill led home the NAPA Racing UK duo of Cammish and championship leader Ash Sutton.

 

Ingram had muscled his way back into fourth to rescue some vital championship points, whilst Rowbottom and LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ's Josh Cook completed the top six places.

 

The feisty Tom Chilton continued to entertainment the crowds on his way to seventh, as he held off the Team BMW pairing of Morgan and Colin Turkington.

 

Árón Taylor-Smith took tenth and with it the Independents' victory, having staunchly defended his position from team-mate Mikey Doble.

 

The BTCC will be back on track for race two at 1435 with the finale taking place at 1720 – the action is already live and throughout the rest of the day on ITV4 with every race also being streamed live via the ITV Sport TikTok channel.

 

Jake Hill said: "The win, fastest lap and leading a lap – all those points count. The victory comes at a place I wasn't neccessarily expecting to win. The car didn't feel like a race winner yesterday, it didn't feel dominant like it did at Snetterton, but I can't thank Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport enough. Tom fluffed the start and we managed to get the job a done - and finally a win for me at Thruxton."

 

Thruxton - Race 1 - Classification

P/    No/    Name/    Entry/    Laps/    Time/    Gap/    Best/    On/
1    24    Jake HILL    Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport    18    25:25.141        1:16.246    5
2    27    Dan CAMMISH    NAPA Racing UK    18    25:26.357    1.216    1:16.306    6
3    1    Ashley SUTTON    NAPA Racing UK    18    25:27.096    1.955    1:16.758    7
4    100    Tom INGRAM    Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS    18    25:27.659    2.518    1:16.931    10
5    32    Daniel ROWBOTTOM    NAPA Racing UK    18    25:33.059    7.918    1:16.716    7
6    66    Josh COOK    LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ    18    25:38.288    13.147    1:16.564    6
7    3    Tom CHILTON    Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS    18    25:41.880    16.739    1:17.380    8
8    33    Adam MORGAN    Team BMW    18    25:43.906    18.765    1:17.563    9
9    20    Colin TURKINGTON    Team BMW    18    25:44.292    19.151    1:17.798    8
10    40    Árón TAYLOR-SMITH    Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing    18    25:44.893    19.752    1:17.962    9
11    88    Mikey DOBLE    Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing    18    25:45.119    19.978    1:18.038    7
12    12    Rob HUFF    TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK    18    25:46.020    20.879    1:17.936    11
13    11    Andrew WATSON    TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK    18    25:49.758    24.617    1:18.149    17
14    16    Aiden MOFFAT    LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ    18    25:52.105    26.964    1:18.307    8
15    14    Ronan PEARSON    Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS    18    25:52.541    27.4    1:17.744    11
16    77    Sam OSBORNE    NAPA Racing UK    18    25:53.542    28.401    1:17.780    7
17    222    Chris SMILEY    Restart Racing    18    25:59.850    34.709    1:18.498    8
18    18    Daryl DELEON    Duckhams Racing With Bartercard    18    26:02.135    36.994    1:18.683    8
19    22    Nick HALSTEAD    Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS    18    26:14.065    48.924    1:19.521    6
DNF    29    Scott SUMPTON    Restart Racing    13    19:23.060    5 Laps    1:18.759    6


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