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BTCC 2017 | Oulton Park – what did we learn"

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BTCC 2017 | Oulton Park – what did we learn"

The thrills and excitement of the British Touring Car Championship headed north for the latest rounds at Oulton Park. Tom Ingram had been on top of the standings for the majority of the season so far, but he didn?t leave as a happy driver after a disastrous weekend. This was the major headline from the weekend?s action, but what else did we learn"

Ingram wasn?t the only driver to have a poor weekend, as fellow championship rival, Colin Turkington, hardly had a dream weekend either. Ingram qualified relatively well in 11th, considering the weight, but that meant he was in a dangerous track position as the opening race started around the narrow circuit, and so it proved.
Ingram was collected by Jack Goff and was left on the grass as a result, while the rest of the field filed by. However, later in the race, worse was to happen as his back wheel came loose and he retired accordingly. Like Matt Neal?s rather unexpected 2 pole positions in a row, Ingram suffered two DNFs in a row. Things hardly improved for Ingram in the final race with a spin, although he did pick up a solitary point for his weekend?s efforts with a fastest lap. Where does this leave Ingram?s title chances" Realistically, Ingram would have been delighted to be 3rd in the standings after twelve rounds and he?s still in a great position to challenge for the championship.
Similarly, you can?t write Turkington off, especially with his favourite hunting ground of Croft coming up next. Turkington had suffered from electrical gremlins during Saturday?s qualifying and they appeared to return after he bumped into the back of Aiden Moffat during a great battle at the front. The subsequent problem dropped Turkington to the back of the pack, something he did well to recover in the second race to a low scoring points position, before finishing fifth in the final race of the day.
Turkington?s teammates, Andrew Jordan and Rob Collard, had great weekends as BMW continued their good form. Neither finished lower than sixth, with Jordan securing his second victory of the season in the opening race, after getting the better of Neal off the start line. You would expect them to have another high points scoring weekend next time at Croft, a track that generally favours the rear wheel drive cars on the grid.
Having said that, the gaps and differences between the front and rear wheel drive cars seems to be less this season. Last time at Thruxton, for example, the rear wheel drive cars showed great pace and even won two of the three races on a circuit that supposedly favours the power through the front wheels. In contrast, Oulton Park supposedly favours the rear wheel drive cars, yet the Hondas and others proved that the front wheel drive cars more than held their own. For this reason, it will be interesting to see how Croft plays out.
Before Croft, a gentle reminder may be required about driving standards after some dubious manoeuvres over the latest rounds, most notably from Moffat and new cha...
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