After a damp and cool visit to Donington Park, the BTCC Thruxton Rounds 2018 were entirely different, at least from a meteorological perspective, with beautiful blue skies and sunshine the order of the weekend yet again for the series annual visit to Hampshire. The support series at Thruxton were the Renault Clio Cup, British F4, Ginetta Juniors and the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, with the Ginetta GT4 Supercup and the Porsche Carrera Cup not on the bill this time.
The first Free Practice session saw Colin Turkington top the times, and it was Dan Cammish who topped the FP2 times. It was Cammish’s very experienced team mate, Matt Neal, who topped qualifying on Saturday, ready for the first race on Sunday.
Sunday started with a fantastic parachute display by the RAF Falcons.
Neal made the best possible use of his pole position, converting it to a win, and it was Turkington and Cammish who joined him on the podium.
The second race saw Turkington quickly pass Neal for the lead, and team mates Josh Cook and Senna Proctor were soon making their way through the field. By lap ten, Cook was in second place, and challenging Turkington for the lead, and he soon passed the BMW and held the position to take the win, with Turkington and Neal in second and third.
The pole position draw for the third race put Adam Morgan at the front of the field, and just as Neal had done in the first race of the day, Morgan made good use of the opportunity and took the win, this time with Jack Goff in second and Proctor in third.
The results put Morgan one point ahead of Cook at the top of the table, in a season that has been hard to predict. The next rounds are at Oulton Park, and hopefully the sun will follow the series to Cheshire for a repeat of the conditions at Thruxton.
Meanwhile, here are some photos from the weekend.