Ash Sutton doubles up with unchallenged Snetterton race two win

Ash Sutton doubles up with unchallenged Snetterton race two win

Ashley Sutton
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Ash Sutton took a commanding second race win in a row at Snetterton this afternoon, as the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver led from lights-to-flag to take his fourth win of the season.

Sutton now also takes the lead in the drivers’ standings, as he won by 2.955 seconds ahead of the Team BMW pairing of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard, who completed the rostrum.

Motorbase’s Mat Jackson took home the independents’ trophy, having fought his way up from 11th on the grid to finish fourth, ahead of Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff, who held onto second for the majority of the race until lap 12 when the BMW duo got past.

Andrew Jordan had been in the wars, as the BMW Pirtek driver was battling with Jason Plato for what was second out on track, with the pair clashing on lap one.

Jordan was still able to battle at the sharp end of the field, but would have settle for sixth, having been passed by both Collard and Turkington with four laps of the race to go.

Gordon Shedden is still in the hunt for the drivers’ title, as the Halfords Yuasa Racing driver moved his way up to seventh from 13th on the grid, ahead of the next best-placed Subaru of James Cole. It was Cole who was later selected to start the final race of the day in pole position after the random reverse grid draw.

Matt Neal slipped down to seventh in the initial stages of the race from third, but would take ninth place from Speedworks’ Tom Ingram by just under a second at the flag.

The race would be extended for a further two laps just two tours in, as contact between Maximum Motorsport’s Stewart Lines and MG Racing’s Josh Cook on the approach to Murrays on lap one saw the pair go off track, bringing out the Safety Car.

Lines’ car would be recovered after the Ford Focus suffered a heavy frontal impact, forcing him to retire, whilst Eurotech Racing’s Brett Smith would pull his Honda Civic off track a lap after the restart.

Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin would also make headway through the field after his clash with Ingram in race one, as his Toyota Avensis would finish 15th after starting 27th, whilst Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan gained nine places over race distance to finish 19th.

Round 18 of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship starts at 1702 BST, lasting for 12 laps.

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 14 29:51.887 1:57.664 1
2 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 14 2.955 1:57.496 7
3 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 14 3.657 1:57.746 9
4 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 14 5.494 1:57.548 11
5 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 8.166 1:57.741 2
6 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 14 8.419 1:57.823 4
7 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 8.901 1:57.620 13
8 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 9.388 1:57.963 15
9 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 10.792 1:57.942 3
10 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 14 11.765 1:58.160 8
11 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 14 12.176 1:57.901 6
12 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 12.582 1:58.385 10
13 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 14.196 1:58.211 12
14 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 14 14.501 1:58.104 18
15 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 14 14.973 1:58.066 27
16 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 14 15.297 1:58.126 16
17 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 14 15.708 1:58.093 14
18 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 14 16.136 1:58.171 29
19 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 19.505 1:58.381 28
20 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 14 22.651 1:58.272 24
21 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 14 22.981 1:58.433 20
22 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 14 26.022 1:59.032 22
23 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 26.354 1:58.671 17
24 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 26.82 1:58.182 5
25 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 14 27.23 1:59.162 21
26 28 M Josh PRICE A-Plan Academy Subaru Levorg GT 14 29.882 1:57.494 26
27 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 14 32.587 1:59.252 25
28 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 14 1:25.152 1:57.883 30
29 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 1:27.008 1:57.817 19
R 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 4 DNF 2:17.664 31
R 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 0 DNF 0:00.000 23