Dan Cammish and Ash Sutton also left the Kent track celebrating: Honda Civic Type R racer Cammish scored his first two career BTCC wins, while 2017 champ Sutton claimed his sixth victory of the season in the final race.
Northern Irish racer Turkington entered the season finale 34 points clear of title rival Tom Ingram, and extended his advantage with a 12th place finish in the opener, when both drivers were hampered by success ballast. Ingram could only muster 14th in his Toyota Avensis.
Meanwhile, Cammish became the 17th different winner of the season, after battling past pole-sitter Brett Smith, who was driving an older-spec Type R. Cammish’s Honda team-mate Matt Neal also fought his way past Smith to take second.
BTCC VIDEO | EXCLUSIVE: R28 in 120 secs - Live on ITV4 now fighting his way up to fourth place. Turkington wasn’t too far behind until he made contact with Dan Lloyd (Civic) at Paddock Hill, going off and dropping to 22nd. But Ingram needed third place to keep his title hopes alive, and couldn’t find a way past Jordan.
“That was the most difficult race of the year,” said Turkington, who dedicated his title to his mum, who died earlier this year. “I was trying so hard. We didn’t have the car to go forward and I was getting shuffled back so quickly.”
Ingram said: “I gave it everything I had. We had no tyres left at the end, no brakes left. There was nothing more I could do.”
BTCC VIDEO | EXCLUSIVE: R29 in 120 secs - Live on ITV4 now Vauxhall Astra) and Sutton (Subaru Levorg) still put on an incredible show in race three. Cook had started from pole, but found himself defending from Sutton late in the race.
It didn’t look like 2017 champion Sutton could find a way past, but he got a run on Cook exiting the final corner, and pulled alongside him on the run to the line, taking the win by 0.032secs.
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