Round two of the 2023 Kwikfit British Touring Car Championship was one of the most eventful in years.
So chaotic was it, not even the timing screens knew who was in the lead!
Chilton came away with a well deserved victory, followed by Team BMW’s Adam Morgan and, provisionally, it was the brilliant Ronan Pearson, until he failed the ride height check post race.
Pole sitters Napa Racing UK had no luck at all throughout the start of the race. Their decision to leave Sam Osbourne out on the second choice wet tyre, however, paid off as Osbourne drove brilliantly to guide the car home to fourth place- this then became third once Pearson had his penalty.
Excelr8 were the huge winners out of race two, with all four cars finishing in the top ten, two on the podium, and Ingram in 4th for the reverse grid race later in the day. Chilton took his first win in four years, and Pearson his first podium in just his second race until it was taken away post race.
Team BMW missed out immensely with Colin Turkington when everyone ducked to the pits for wets. Adam Morgan however made the controversial decision to start on the wet tyre, allowing him to claim the second podium spot at the end of the race.
Nic Hamilton and Mikey Noble had two incredible results for their respective teams as well, both scoring their first points in the championship with a seventh place for Hamilton, his best ever, and the Independent drivers trophy for Noble in the Astra.
Everyone else got their starting tyre choice wrong- championship contenders Jake Hill and Dan Cammish where mid pack for the entirety of the race, along with Sutton and the other BMW’s
With such a close race and inaccurate timings, this was the most eventful opening event to any BTCC season in a very long time. Race three is coming up right at the end of the day at 5:25pm