As the start of Race 2 approached the weather was still posing questions. The first 22 on the grid opted for wet tyres – in the hope that the track wouldn’t dry out too much.
Colin Turkington had a fantastic start – moving from 5th to 2nd by Paddock Hill Bend only to be collected by Matt Neal half a lap later – a controversial incident that moved the Championship leader from 2nd to last.
Almost simultaneously with the incident that would prove to be the BTCC season’s major talking point, Jack Goff collected Tom Oliphant – taking both Cobra drivers out of the race and resulting in a safety car for 5 laps as the RCIB Volkswagen CC and the BMW 330i were recovered.
Colin Turkington had no option but to call into the pits and gamble on slicks – a decision that didn’t pay off as the track failed to dry and he finished a very frustrating 25th.
At the front of the race Dan Cammish was playing a percentage game: Relinquishing first place rather than risking contact and a Championship threatening ‘off’.
In his mirrors, he saw Andrew Jordan move from 5th to 4th and then embark on a tussle that eventually saw Jordan take 3rd at the expense of Dan’s teammate Matt Neal.
A controversial result meant that the final race of the day began with Dan Cammish the new Championship leader 8 points ahead of Colin Turkington (who perhaps significantly would start at the back of the grid), with Andrew Jordan still very much in the mix just 13 points behind Cammish.