Ash Sutton holds off Colin Turkington for race one win

Ash Sutton holds off Colin Turkington for race one win

Ash Sutton
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Subaru’s Ash Sutton held off a race-long challenge from BMW’s Colin Turkington to take victory in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Croft, with Motorbase’s Mat Jackson completing the podium.

Sutton claimed a lights-to-flag victory in the race at a cloudy and dry Croft, despite late-race pressure from the BMW of Turkington, who was just 0.671 seconds behind at the flag.

The Northern Irishman was glued to the rear bumper of Sutton in the closing laps of the race, but was unable to find a way past as Sutton put in a calculated defensive drive.

Jackson claimed his and Motorbase’s first podium finish of the season in third, providing small consolation for the team after team-mate Luke Davenport’s massive accident on Saturday.

BMW’s Rob Collard took fourth at the final corner of the final lap, passing Honda’s Gordon Shedden for the position on the run up to the finish line.

That left the fully-ballasted Scot to take fifth, minimising the damage to his points lead by second-placed Collard.

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan finished in sixth, having started the race in 12th position. The 2013 champion made up steady ground during the race, in particular benefitting when the Subaru of Josh Price was involved in an incident at the hairpin on lap eleven.

Price had been running in fifth at the time, having passed Collard for the position a couple of laps earlier, when he was seemingly spun at the exit of the hairpin. His Subaru team-mate James Cole had nowhere to go and ran into Price, causing slight damage to both cars.

MG’s Josh Cook took the chequered flag in seventh, having lost four places on lap eight, ahead of Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram, who scored his first top ten finish since Thruxton.

Power Maxed Racing’s Tom Chilton and Subaru’s Jason Plato completed the top ten, the latter having put in a recovery drive after making a mistake at Sunny In on the opening lap, dropping him to 25th.

AmD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson had originally finished the race in 11th position but he was later given a post-race 10.4 second penalty for gaining an unfair advantage earlier in the race, dropping him to 13th position.

The second factory Honda of Matt Neal had a disastrous race, retiring on lap two with damage to the left-rear corner of his Civic.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan also retired from the race, stopping on lap ten with some front-end damage to his Mercedes.

Race two takes place at 14:44 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 15 21:52.260 1:27.654 1
2 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 0.671 1:28.037 2
3 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 8.653 1:29.485 3
4 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 11.307 1:29.060 11
5 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 11.858 1:29.766 4
6 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 12.984 1:28.229 12
7 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 15 18.764 1:29.623 5
8 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 19.585 1:29.719 13
9 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 19.995 1:29.700 10
10 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 35.408 1:30.171 6
11 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 44.563 1:30.360 17
12 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 15 45.961 1:31.812 16
13 48 Ollie JACKSON* AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 15 46.138 1:30.542 19
14 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 46.265 1:31.727 15
15 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 15 46.425 1:31.523 14
16 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 15 47.589 1:31.695 24
17 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 15 49.776 1:30.566 18
18 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 50.297 1:30.956 25
19 95 Dennis STRANDBERG Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 15 51.460 1:32.167 22
20 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 15 51.694 1:31.966 27
21 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 53.783 1:33.630 26
22 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 15 54.217 1:33.685 20
23 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 56.736 1:37.815 29
24 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 13 2 Laps 1:30.360 28
R 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 11 4 Laps 1:35.830 9
R 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 10 5 Laps 1:30.021 23
R 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 10 5 Laps 2:16.374 8
R 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 5 10 Laps 1:57.567 21
R 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 2 13 Laps 1:31.843 7
NS 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus DNS 00.000
NS 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R DNS 00.000
NS 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT DNS 00.000

Complete race results