Hill becomes first three-time winner in 2024

9th June 2024

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.

Chilton was further rewarded post-race when Rowbottom was found to have overtaken him before the conclusion of the safety car period and was therefore demoted two positions.

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 necessarily 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 done - and finally a win for me at Thruxton."

Thruxton - Race 1 - Classification

124Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport1825:25.1411:16.2465
227Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK1825:26.3571.2161:16.3066
31Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK1825:27.0961.9551:16.7587
4100Tom INGRAMTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1825:27.6592.5181:16.93110
566Josh COOKLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ1825:38.28813.1471:16.5646
63Tom CHILTONTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1825:41.88016.7391:17.3808
732Daniel ROWBOTTOMNAPA Racing UK1825:33.0591:16.7167
833Adam MORGANTeam BMW1825:43.90618.7651:17.5639
920Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMW1825:44.29219.1511:17.7988
1040Árón TAYLOR-SMITHEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing1825:44.89319.7521:17.9629
1188Mikey DOBLEEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing1825:45.11919.9781:18.0387
1212Rob HUFFTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK1825:46.02020.8791:17.93611
1311Andrew WATSONTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK1825:49.75824.6171:18.14917
1416Aiden MOFFATLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ1825:52.10526.9641:18.3078
1514Ronan PEARSONTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1825:52.54127.41:17.74411
1677Sam OSBORNENAPA Racing UK1825:53.54228.4011:17.7807
17222Chris SMILEYRestart Racing1825:59.85034.7091:18.4988
1818Daryl DELEONDuckhams Racing With Bartercard1826:02.13536.9941:18.6838
1922Nick HALSTEADTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1826:14.06548.9241:19.5216
DNF29Scott SUMPTONRestart Racing1319:23.0605 Laps1:18.7596
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