Adam Morgan, Ashley Sutton and Chris Smiley shared the race winning spoils at Rockingham earlier today (12 August), whilst the battle for top spot in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings raged between Colin Turkington and Tom Ingram throughout the day.
Eurotech Racing has announced that is no longer to run the Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R of Matt Simpson with immediate effect following the Rockingham rounds on Sunday 12th August.
Since joining Eurotech at the start of the 2018 season Simpson has shown huge improvement with a string of top ten finishes, highlighted by a stunning pole position that was converted to a win at Oulton Park, subsequently topped with a podium in race three at Rockingham.
BTC Norlin Racing’s Chris Smiley has won his first ever Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race after a dramatic final contest at Rockingham – the Northern Irishman becomes the 12th different race winner of the season so far.
Proceedings got off to a rather bizarre start when debutant Ricky Collard’s BMW 125i M Sport broke down on the green flag and a series of race delays commenced whilst his stricken Team BMW machine was retrieved by the recovery team.
Adam Morgan has scored a maiden pole position after setting the qualifying pace for Round 19 of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham.
"It has been a long time coming but we got there in the end!" beamed Morgan.
Incredibly, the top 28 cars were covered by less than a second around the 1.94-mile circuit whilst a number of championship challengers even failed to trouble the top ten, as the depth of talent in the BTCC again came to the fore.
Ricky Collard will make his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship debut at Rockingham this weekend, as he deputises for his father Rob at Team BMW.
The 22-year-old from Eversley, Hampshire, will join Colin Turkington at the WSR-run team at Rockingham and the following round at Knockhill while Rob recovers from a concussion sustained as a result of two high-speed incidents at Snetterton last month.
Team BMW will field a revised line-up this weekend as Rob Collard has been ruled out of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship events at Rockingham and Knockhill on medical grounds.
Rob was involved in high-speed incidents during the first two races at Snetterton last month, the second of which meant that his BMW 125i M Sport was unrepairable on-site and also left him with a concussion.
TOCA, Series Organiser of the MSA British Touring Car Championship, has announced that hybrid power will be introduced to the series within the evolution of the current technical regulations at the end of 2021.
The hugely successful NGTC regulations are already in the second half of its ten-year term, and at a meeting last week the BTCC Technical Working Group (TWG) agreed an outline of the pathway for the introduction of hybrid energy.
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship legend Matt Neal – a three-time champion who has already written his name in the series’ illustrious 60-year history – has landed another landmark moment in his career with a memorable victory in today's commemorative 'Diamond Double' race at Snetterton.