Ash Sutton masters drying track in race two to take victory

Ash Sutton masters drying track in race two to take victory

Ash Sutton
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Subaru’s Ash Sutton took victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Rockingham, jumping into the lead at the very start to take his fourth win of the year ahead of Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan.

Sutton beat pole-sitter and race one victor Morgan on the run to the first corner, using the rear-wheel drive advantage of his Subaru get take an early lead.

Further back, an incident between James Cole and Stephen Jelley left the latter beached in the gravel at the exit of Pif Paf, necessitating a safety car intervention to recover the stricken BMW.

The race only resumed for a few more laps before the safety car was required for a second time when Michael Caine was helped off the road by Brett Smith at the exit of the hairpin, pausing the race for two further laps.

When racing resumed on lap eight Sutton immediately set about restoring his comfortable margin over Morgan, and he claimed his fourth win of the season by a gap of over four seconds ahead of Morgan, moving the reigning champion to third in the standings, just 17 points adrift of the lead.

“It was kind of reliving race two at Snetterton,” said Sutton. “We made the right call at the last minute for sure, as on the grid we were on wets. To get off the line like we did and hold and manage a gap – I’m over the moon with that.

“It’s very much like last year [with the wins] – better late than never. We’re getting comfortable with the car now, especially in race trim, and the Adrian Flux Racing boys have done a great job.”

An impressive third was Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram, who scythed through the field from 27th on the grid after his race one dramas, pressuring those ahead of him into mistakes or simply passing through sheer pace.

Power Maxed Racing’s Senna Proctor was fourth, despite twice skipping the chicane in the closing stages of the race, ahead of Team BMW’s Colin Turkington in fifth.

BTC Norlin Racing’s Chris Smiley took sixth, having got past Team HARD’s Mike Bushell on the last lap of the race at the Tarzan hairpin, with Bushell having slipped back from a potential podium finish to take the chequered flag in seventh.

AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher scored his best result of the season in his MG in eighth, whilst Simpson Racing’s Matt Simpson and Motorbase’s Tom Chilton completed the top ten.

Bobby Thompson had been running in the lower ranks of the top ten, until contact from Simpson and then Ollie Jackson at the chicane spun the Team HARD driver out of the race and into retirement.

Subaru’s Jason Plato was running in 26th position until he had to pit for mechanics to remove a loose part of the floor at the rear of his car, and he eventually finished a lap down.

Race three is scheduled to get underway at 16:45 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 19 29:33.566 1:24.758 2
2 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 4.426 1:25.463 1
3 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 19 5.315 1:24.579 27
4 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 7.327 1:24.917 12
5 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 19 8.170 1:25.201 7
6 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 11.779 1:25.413 4
7 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 19 12.469 1:25.456 6
8 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 19 12.722 1:25.267 9
9 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 15.417 1:25.540 10
10 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 16.541 1:25.474 3
11 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 19 17.481 1:25.615 16
12 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 19.791 1:25.473 28
13 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 19.924 1:25.074 15
14 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 21.876 1:25.297 18
15 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 19 24.316 1:26.087 13
16 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 24.741 1:25.120 21
17 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 28.402 1:25.855 25
18 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 19 28.724 1:25.446 29
19 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 30.956 1:25.298 19
20 55 M Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 19 31.254 1:25.503 17
21 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 32.099 1:25.127 5
22 41 Glynn GEDDIE AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 19 33.034 1:25.527 22
23 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 19 33.800 1:25.723 30
24 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 19 34.877 1:26.182 26
25 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 19 39.823 1:26.738 31
26 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 1 Lap 1:25.124 23
R 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16 DNF 1:26.264 11
R 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 12 DNF 1:25.110 24
R 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 4 DNF 1:29.776 20
R 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 1 DNF N/A 8
R 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 0 DNF N/A 14