Ash Sutton wins after resisting late Josh Cook pressure

Ash Sutton wins after resisting late Josh Cook pressure

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Ash Sutton claimed victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton after fending off late pressure from Josh Cook.

Disappointment for Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff – victor of Race 1 – who failed to exit the pit lane in sufficient time to line up on pole position made Sutton’s life easier, with the Subaru Levorg GT given a clear run to Riches.

He duly held the resulting lead from Dan Cammish’s Honda Civic Type R and stretched out a comfortable advantage until a late safety car on circuit for Rob Collard’s badly-damaged BMW 125i M Sport allowed Cook – then sat in third behind Dan Cammish’s Honda Civic Type R – to pass and pile the pressure on reigning Champion Sutton.

Though Cook chased Sutton’s shadow over the line by a mere two tenths of a second, an opportunity to seize the lead from the 24-year old failed to materialise.

Tom Ingram put in arguably the drive of the season thus far in surging forward from 27th on the grid after an earlier retirement to take the final spot on the podium from Cammish on the line.

Unsurprisingly, that also hands him the honours in Dunlop’s ‘Forever Forward’ stakes for Round 17 with a total of 24 overtakes.

It also means the Speedworks Motorsport racer moves to within four points of championship leader Colin Turkington (Team BMW) after another torrid race for the Northern Irishman.

His race came undone at the very first corner, with Brett Smith’s Eurotech Honda sliding into the BTC Norlin machine of Dan Lloyd, who in turn then damaged the right-rear of Turkington’s BMW 1-series.

He pitted for repairs and duly rejoined the race for a period, suggesting WSR have fixed the damage ahead of the championship’s 60th Anniversary ‘Diamond Double’ contest later this afternoon.

Chris Smiley continued BTC Norlin’s strong day thus far with fifth after fending off Sam Tordoff’s Motorbase Ford, with a race-long scrap between the resurgent Senna Proctor, Tom Oliphant and Andrew Jordan for company.

Ant Whorton-Eales made a statement of intent on his return to the category with tenth in the AmD-run MG6 GT, the highlight a three-in-one move at Riches at half distance.

Tom Chilton took 11th ahead of Smith and Aiden Moffat, Bobby Thompson and Lloyd completed the points finishers.

Jason Plato endured a difficult race, sliding wide at Riches across the wet grass and into the tyres, causing significant damage to the left-hand side of the second BMR-run Subaru.

It remains to be seen whether it will be repaired for the ‘Diamond Double’, which gets underway at 17:15 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 14 31:41.033 2:00.772 2
2 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 0.221 2:00.329 4
3 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 14 2.799 2:00.227 27
4 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 2.841 2:01.783 3
5 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 4.683 2:01.581 7
6 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 14 5.151 2:01.637 5
7 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 5.420 2:01.772 25
8 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 6.039 2:01.924 8
9 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 14 6.225 2:01.777 12
10 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 14 6.844 2:01.994 23
11 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 7.055 2:01.958 13
12 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 14 7.426 2:01.521 11
13 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 10.831 2:02.783 16
14 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 14 11.041 2:02.094 18
15 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 11.498 2:01.967 9
16 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 14 11.717 2:02.178 29
17 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 14 12.115 2:01.623 1
18 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 13.349 2:02.566 17
19 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 14.467 2:03.317 26
20 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 14 14.887 2:03.365 22
21 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 15.302 2:02.932 14
22 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 14 15.601 2:02.908 20
23 24 Dan WELCH Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 12 2 Laps 2:05.085 21
24 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 12 2 Laps 2:02.489 28
R 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 9 DNF 2:02.579 30
R 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 6 DNF 2:06.290 24
R 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 6 DNF 2:05.805 15
R 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 3 DNF 2:17.925 31
R 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2 DNF 2:16.388 6
R 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 2 DNF 2:21.009 19
R 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 0 DNF N/A 10