Ash Sutton claims race two win as rear-wheel drive cars dominate

Ash Sutton claims race two win as rear-wheel drive cars dominate

Ash Sutton
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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)

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
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