Mat Jackson holds off Ash Sutton for thrilling race three win

Mat Jackson holds off Ash Sutton for thrilling race three win

Mat Jackson
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Mat Jackson held off a late-race charge by Ash Sutton to take the top honours in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Croft, despite last-corner contact between the pair.

AmD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson had been selected to start the race from pole position after the top nine were reversed, but the Audi drivers lead would only last a lap, in part helped by the deployment of the safety car.

The race was only neutralised for one lap whilst the track was cleared after one of the tyre stacks was knocked out of position, with Team HARD’s Will Burns and Mike Epps not making it past lap one in the process.

When the race resumed, Mat Jackson made a move on Ollie Jackson for the lead at Sunny In but the duo made contact, dropping the AmD driver to ninth whilst the Ford driver moved into the lead.

At the time, Mat Jackson had Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin behind him in second, and the Toyota driver proved to be the cork in the bottle, allowing Jackson to open up a three-second lead.

On lap nine, Sutton made his way past Austin into second with a move around the outside at the first turn, having two laps earlier muscled his way past team-mate Jason Plato with a robust move at the hairpin.

Sutton then set about reducing the gap to Jackson at the front of the field, and the duo went into the final lap separated by less than a second. Sutton made his only move into the final corner of the final lap, but Jackson forced him out wide onto the grass, going on to take the win whilst Sutton could only claim second.

The podium was completed by the second Subaru of Plato, who got by Austin on the drag to the finish line to take his first podium of the season by a mere four thousandths of a second.

Austin thus had to settle for fourth, ahead of Honda’s Matt Neal in fifth, who charged through the field from 18th on the grid after his troubles in the first two races of the day.

The leading BMW was Colin Turkington in sixth, ahead of team-mates Andrew Jordan in seventh and Rob Collard in eighth, the latter having briefly been in fourth before contact from Gordon Shedden at Sunny In pushed him off the circuit and down five places.

Shedden later dropped back with issues of his own to finish in ninth behind Collard, closing the championship lead marginally to 11 points between the pair.

Ollie Jackson completed the top ten, having failed to make any recovery after the lap three incident and having also lost out to the charging Neal.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram recorded his fifth non-points finish out of six races, with the Toyota driver making up 12 places in the race but unable to secure any reward after his retirement from race two.

Race result

13Mat JACKSONTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus1624:06.4841:25.9333
2116MAshley SUTTONAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT160.8771:26.3708
399MJason PLATOAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT1616.0321:26.5144
411Rob AUSTINHandy MotorsportToyota Avensis1616.0731:26.3092
525MMatt NEALHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R1616.5171:26.68118
64MColin TURKINGTONTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport1616.7791:26.7429
777MAndrew JORDANBMW Pirtek RacingBMW 125i M Sport1617.5751:27.2765
85MRob COLLARDTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport1619.3601:26.6057
952MGordon SHEDDENHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R1621.3361:26.4046
1048Ollie with CobraExhaustsAudi S31621.8001:27.1201
1130Martin DEPPERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus1622.1571:27.46410
1233Adam MORGANCiceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class1622.4871:27.36915
1322Chris SMILEYBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze1623.3971:27.36620
1418MSenna PROCTORPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra1625.6451:27.36913
1517David NEWSHAMBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze1629.0781:27.39019
1680Tom INGRAMSpeedworks MotorsportToyota Avensis1629.7471:27.26328
1710Ant with CobraExhaustsAudi S31630.2521:27.42411
18303MMatt SIMPSONSimpson RacingHonda Civic Type R1635.4171:27.21717
1924Jake HILLTAG RacingVolkswagen CC1637.1211:27.23225
202MTom CHILTONPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra1637.8991:27.64429
2131Jack GOFFEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R1640.3791:27.89622
2295Dennis STRANDBERGTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus1640.9751:27.87221
2328MJosh PRICEBMR Racing AcademySubaru Levorg GT161:10.7081:26.49624
2466Josh COOKMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT151 Lap1:26.66623
R7Stephen JELLEYTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus115 Laps2:00.42727
R20MJames COLEAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT115 Laps2:01.68116
R16Aiden MOFFATLaser Tools RacingMercedes-Benz A-Class115 Laps2:29.82614
R12Mike EPPSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC016 LapsN/A12
R61Will BURNSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC016 LapsN/A26
NS300Luke DAVENPORTTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord FocusDNSN/A30
NS55Jeff SMITHEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type RDNSN/A31

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