Ash Sutton claims race one win as Colin Turkington spins out

Ash Sutton claims race one win as Colin Turkington spins out

Ash Sutton
Photo: BTCC Media

Subaru’s Ash Sutton claimed victory in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton after a strong move on Jack Goff, as early leader Colin Turkington spun out of contention whilst in front.

At the start of the race it was BMW’s Turkington who got off to the stronger start, getting the jump on fellow front-row man Goff to lead before the first turn.

Further back, Sutton slotted into third whilst BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan got off to a strong start to move from eighth on the grid to sixth.

Turkington led the race for the first few laps, but on the fifth tour the Northern Irishman appeared to make an uncharacteristic mistake whilst leading and spun out at the Bomb Hole after getting a rear wheel of his car onto the grass on the exit of the corner.

That allowed Goff back into the lead with Sutton, on the harder tyre, in hot pursuit, whilst Turkington dropped down to 11th as a result of his mistake.

Sutton kept close to the leading Honda’s bumper, and heading onto the penultimate lap he was just half a second adrift. The Subaru driver then made a brave move into Hamilton and took the lead from Goff, going on to take his third win of the season to move into second overall in the driver’s championship standings.

Goff took the chequered flag in second with his best result of the season, whilst Honda’s Matt Neal took third, having stayed out of trouble during the eventful first race.

Fourth went to Jordan, despite race-long pressure from the Subaru of Jason Plato who took fifth, securing his fourth consecutive top ten finish.

Team HARD’s Jake Hill scored his best result of the season in sixth, ahead of the recovering Turkington in seventh, who still edged closer to the front of the drivers’ championship standings despite throwing away a potential win.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram was eighth, having lost out after fellow Toyota driver Rob Austin made an audacious move on lap six. Austin went for a late lunge at Agostini corner, making contact with Ingram and forcing the duo off the road whilst battle for fourth, with Austin later retiring from the race with front-left damage from the incident.

BMW’s Rob Collard and Power Maxed Racing’s Tom Chilton completed the top ten, with the former edging slightly closer to the front of the points as a result.

Championship leader Gordon Shedden salvaged a 13th place finish to remain at the head of the standings, despite being passed on the last lap by fellow Honda racer Matt Simpson.

AmD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson had been running inside the points in 14th but contact from the MG of Árón Taylor-Smith on lap eight dropped both drivers down the order and ultimately out of the points.

Subaru’s Josh Price was handed an early drive-through penalty for a jump start and then ultimately retired from the race with front-right damage on his car.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan suffered yet more bad luck after retiring from the race whilst running in sixth with a technical issue on his car, whilst Eurotech Racing’s Brett Smith retired from his début race with damage at the front of his car.

Race two takes place at 14:07 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 23:38.526 1:56.537 3
2 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 2.332 1:56.365 1
3 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 6.707 1:56.939 4
4 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 12 6.916 1:57.082 8
5 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 7.743 1:57.152 9
6 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 12 12.145 1:57.374 11
7 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 12 12.378 1:56.269 2
8 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 12 19.459 1:57.110 5
9 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 12 22.446 1:58.749 10
10 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 22.792 1:58.083 16
11 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 12 27.396 1:58.081 13
12 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 29.331 1:58.132 24
13 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 30.158 1:57.725 21
14 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 12 30.784 1:58.042 22
15 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 31.217 1:58.298 26
16 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 12 31.625 1:58.275 28
17 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 31.954 1:58.319 27
18 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 12 32.385 1:58.065 17
19 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 32.782 1:58.348 14
20 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 12 38.302 1:58.336 15
21 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 12 41.897 1:59.178 29
22 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 12 42.350 1:58.782 30
23 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 12 1:17.532 2:02.184 31
24 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 11 1 Lap 1:57.761 19
R 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 9 DNF 1:58.194 25
R 28 M Josh PRICE A-Plan Academy Subaru Levorg GT 8 DNF 1:56.992 18
R 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 5 DNF 1:56.726 7
R 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 5 DNF 1:56.827 6
R 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 5 DNF 1:57.795 12
R 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 5 DNF 1:57.726 20
R 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF 0:00.000 23