Fightback earns Ash Sutton second successive win at Croft

Fightback earns Ash Sutton second successive win at Croft

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Ash Sutton fought back to overturn a fast-starting Tom Ingram and win the second British Touring Car Championship race at Croft.

Sutton’s ballast-laden Subaru Levorg GT made a level start with team-mate Jason Plato, but both were usurped on the inside line into Clervaux by Ingram’s Toyota Avensis.

A bold lunge by Sutton at the Hairpin on the second lap handed him back top spot, and from there he was never headed as he eased away to register an 4.2 second margin at the chequered flag.

Disaster struck Plato and championship contender Adam Morgan after being awarded a drive-through penalty for making a false start.

The double champion served his penalty immediately, with his demise bringing the works BMW 1-series of Colin Turkington into the mix.

Turkington looked arguably the fastest of the leading trio, but stoic defending from Ingram denied the Northern Irishman and the duo rounded out the podium in that order.

Sam Tordoff claimed fourth once again the leading Motorbase Ford Focus RS ahead of Andrew Jordan, who dispatched the third WSR-run BMW of Rob Collard with a brave move into Tower.

A spin for Collard at Hawthorn then curtailed his charge, leaving Tom Chilton to claim sixth.

Matt Neal continued Team Dynamics’ incremental gains over the course of the weekend with seventh ahead of Senna Proctor, whose Power Maxed Racing team-mate Josh Cook was forced to retire after a dramatic trip off-circuit and into the adjacent wheat field at Tower.

Dan Lloyd kept BTC Norlin Racing at the sharp end with ninth and could be a dark horse for the partially reversed third race, with the AmD-run MG of Rory Butcher rounding out the top ten.

Dan Cammish took his first points of the weekend in 11th after a spirited battle with Chris Smiley behind.

Eurotech Racing’s Brett Smith and Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Oliphant scored their first points of the day, with Plato and the recovering Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Rob Austin rounding out the points scorers.

The final race of the weekend at Croft gets underway at 17:25 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 21:56.436 1:26.429 1
2 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 4.284 1:26.732 3
3 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 4.604 1:26.066 5
4 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 15 5.147 1:26.541 4
5 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 6.573 1:26.686 10
6 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 11.754 1:26.459 15
7 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 13.653 1:27.061 9
8 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 14.112 1:26.884 11
9 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 14.387 1:27.111 8
10 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 21.701 1:26.676 13
11 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 22.310 1:26.689 19
12 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 23.238 1:26.673 17
13 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 26.658 1:26.704 16
14 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 27.090 1:26.758 2
15 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 15 27.391 1:26.515 32
16 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 31.605 1:27.221 27
17 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 37.039 1:27.199 22
18 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 40.730 1:27.163 21
19 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 41.010 1:26.687 29
20 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 41.025 1:28.482 31
21 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 41.341 1:27.140 28
22 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 15 43.776 1:26.750 20
23 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 44.404 1:26.878 12
24 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 44.943 1:28.720 25
25 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 50.843 1:27.191 14
26 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 15 53.167 1:27.434 30
27 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 14 1 Lap 1:27.948 24
28 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 13 2 Laps 1:26.713 6
R 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 11 DNF 1:27.577 18
R 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 8 DNF 1:28.446 23
R 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 6 DNF 1:27.331 26
R 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 5 DNF 1:29.940 7