Ash Sutton led home team-mate Jason Plato in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Knockhill, as Subaru secured another 1-2 finish whilst BMW drivers Colin Turkington and Rob Collard had to again settle for third and fourth.
The first start saw the lead four scamper away, whilst Tom Ingram got off to a poor start and was tagged by Senna Proctor before even the first corner.
That bunched the field up heading into Duffus Dip for the first time, and Andrew Jordan then tagged the rear of Matt Neal’s Honda, who in turn knocked into and spun Proctor in front of the field. Unsighted, Stephen Jelley bit the front of the stricken Vauxhall hard, whilst the rest of the field desperately tried to avoid the ensuing carnage.
In the dramas, Jordan also collected Dave Newsham’s Chevrolet, whilst all three Motorbase cars, both MGs and Mike Epps also went off the track, with the MG of Josh Cook picking up front-left damage after colliding with Newsham.
The number of stricken cars, with big damage to both Proctor and Jelley’s cars, caused the red flags to come out and force a restart of the race.
When the race restarted, Plato led the field away for the first ten laps, before Sutton drew alongside his team-mate along the start straight and took the lead heading onto lap 11.
Whilst Plato remained glued to the back of Sutton for much of the rest of the race, claiming that the team have “found” the issue afflicting his car earlier in the year, he could not re-pass and settled for second.
“I’m pleased that we can now work together as a team as it should be, with team orders coming into it,” said Sutton to TouringCars.Net. “It’s working well and we’re both getting on, so it’s quite nice to have him up there.
“I just need to finish [race three] because at Snetterton we had a cracking race one and two. I just need to get in the top five and sit there and be happy.”
The two Team BMW drivers were once again left to settle for third and fourth, with Turkington’s championship lead now reduced to two points as a result of Sutton’s win.
James Cole once again took fifth, ahead of Honda’s Gordon Shedden in sixth, who got past Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram for the position on lap three.
By finishing in seventh, Josh Price made it four Subarus inside the top seven, although the rookie’s race was not without controversy. Price had on lap 15 made contact with Honda’s Matt Neal heading into Turn 1, with the result leaving Neal in the gravel trap and out of the race.
Price was later excluded from the results for having been adjudged to have passed under yellow flags.
BTC’s Newsham took eighth, ahead of Ingram in ninth and Motorbase’s Rory Butcher in tenth. The reverse grid draw for race three will see Butcher start on pole position at his home circuit.
Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff retired from the race after six laps whilst running in tenth when the MG of Árón Taylor-Smith made contact exiting the hairpin, breaking the right-rear suspension on the Honda and eliminating both drivers from the race.
There were also more woes for Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan, who crawled around with a mechanical issue after four laps.
Race three takes place at 17:12 BST (18:12 CEST).
Original race result (subsequently amended)
|1||116||M||Ashley SUTTON||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||22||19:25.761||52.500||2|
|2||99||M||Jason PLATO||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||22||0.238||52.457||1|
|3||4||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||22||3.198||52.601||3|
|4||5||M||Rob COLLARD||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||22||5.063||52.587||4|
|5||20||M||James COLE||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||22||6.831||52.687||5|
|6||52||M||Gordon SHEDDEN||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||22||9.401||52.494||11|
|7||28||M||Josh PRICE||A-Plan Academy||Subaru Levorg GT||22||24.099||52.714||18|
|8||17||Dave NEWSHAM||BTC Norlin Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||22||25.803||53.608||10|
|9||80||Tom INGRAM||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||22||25.954||53.287||6|
|10||6||Rory BUTCHER||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo||Ford Focus||22||26.361||52.957||25|
|11||10||Ant WHORTON-EALES||AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts||Audi S3||22||28.889||53.406||17|
|12||30||Martin DEPPER||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo||Ford Focus||22||30.959||53.346||27|
|13||2||M||Tom CHILTON||Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||22||31.841||53.392||16|
|14||303||M||Matt SIMPSON||Simpson Racing||Honda Civic Type R||22||36.074||53.074||22|
|15||22||Chris SMILEY||BTC Norlin Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||22||39.823||53.737||19|
|16||16||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||22||44.428||53.521||26|
|17||3||Mat JACKSON||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo||Ford Focus||22||44.685||53.512||31|
|18||12||Mike EPPS||Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing||Volkswagen CC||22||45.215||53.616||24|
|19||39||Brett SMITH||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic Type R||22||47.572||53.749||30|
|20||48||Ollie JACKSON||AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts||Audi S3||22||49.314||53.289||28|
|21||61||Will BURNS||Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing||Volkswagen CC||22||51.406||53.941||29|
|22||95||Stewart LINES||Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport||Ford Focus||22||51.944||54.219||32|
|R||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14||DNF||53.120||9|
|R||40||M||Árón TAYLOR-SMITH||MG Racing RCIB Insurance||MG6GT||9||DNF||53.709||15|
|R||31||Jack GOFF||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic Type R||6||DNF||53.488||14|
|R||24||Jake HILL||TAG Racing||Volkswagen CC||4||DNF||53.786||21|
|R||33||Adam MORGAN||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||4||DNF||54.250||8|
|R||7||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport||Ford Focus||0||DNF||N/A||20|
|R||11||Rob AUSTIN||Handy Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||0||DNF||N/A||23|
|R||18||M||Senna PROCTOR||Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||0||DNF||N/A||7|
|R||66||Josh COOK||MG Racing RCIB Insurance||MG6GT||0||DNF||N/A||12|
|R||77||M||Andrew JORDAN||BMW Pirtek Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||0||DNF||N/A||13|