Ash Sutton secures first Subaru win of the season in race two

Ash Sutton secures first Subaru win of the season in race two

Ash Sutton
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Ashley Sutton claimed his first victory for Team BMR’s works Subaru outfit after breaking clear and maintaining an advantage over Rob Collard in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park.

Sutton, starting on the second row, took second from the Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R of Matt Neal at Old Hall on the opening lap, with Collard following him through the right-hander.

He then got the better of pole-sitter Jordan on the inside of Hislops on the second lap after sustained pressure on the BMW driver, and with Collard delayed in passing his Pirtek-backed team-mate, Sutton was able to break clear and maintain his advantage to the chequered flag.

Matt Neal took a muted third ahead of Gordon Shedden, who followed his stablemate through past Jordan with a bold move to the outside of Cascades.

The result sees the defending champion reclaim the championship lead after a torrid day for Speedworks’ Tom Ingram continued with contact alongside Will Burns and James Cole at Island Hairpin, before a fire curtailed his charge.

Josh Cook found himself unable to pass Jordan and was forced to settle for another strong showing in sixth for Maximum Motorsport, with a trip across the grass at the chicane on lap five ensuring Mat Jackson would finish just seventh.

Rob Austin and the Team HARD pairing of Jake Hill and Michael Epps rounded out the top ten ahead of a gradually resurgent Jason Plato.

Adam Morgan’s bad luck continued at the Cheshire circuit with a fire on the formation lap, and he remains a doubt for the final, reverse-grid race of the weekend.

Josh Price took his first points for Subaru in 15th alongside the Jack Sears Trophy honours, though he was given a helping hand as Aiden Moffat pitched Senna Proctor’s Vauxhall Astra sideways at the top of Deer Leap on the run to the chequered flag.

Proctor survived after engaging a forward gear mid-spin, though he dropped out of the points in the process.

The reverse grid draw sees Josh Cook take reverse grid pole, with the Ford Focus ST of Mat Jackson alongside.

Race three takes place at 17:02 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 20:31.536 1:26.902 3
2 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 14 1.066 1:27.060 5
3 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 9.795 1:27.746 2
4 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 10.096 1:27.516 7
5 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 14 10.443 1:27.924 1
6 66 Josh COOK Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 14 10.863 1:27.805 8
7 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 14 12.560 1:27.995 6
8 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 14 13.196 1:27.709 9
9 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 14 13.966 1:27.791 10
10 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 14 14.596 1:27.421 11
11 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 14.765 1:27.356 12
12 40 M Árón SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 14 15.943 1:27.683 16
13 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 14 21.590 1:27.105 28
14 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 22.040 1:27.848 4
15 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 14 22.195 1:27.773 21
16 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 22.607 1:27.734 20
17 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 14 22.968 1:28.278 18
18 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 23.309 1:27.731 15
19 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 14 24.547 1:28.204 23
20 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 14 25.174 1:28.030 25
21 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 25.481 1:27.645 13
22 23 M Daniel LLOYD MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 14 25.678 1:28.171 19
23 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 14 26.711 1:27.627 17
24 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 27.018 1:28.224 32
25 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 27.814 1:28.255 31
26 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 14 29.249 1:27.456 14
27 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 14 30.618 1:28.413 29
28 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 13 1 Lap 1:27.947 26
29 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 12 2 Laps 1:28.042 24
R 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 7 7 Laps 1:27.650 30
R 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 6 8 Laps 1:27.653 22
R 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 0  DNF 00.000 27

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