Ash Sutton provisionally wins red-flagged second race at Knockhill

Ash Sutton provisionally wins red-flagged second race at Knockhill

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Ash Sutton took victory in a red-flagged second British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill, although the Subaru star’s win, along with second-placed Tom Ingram, is in question following a possible ride height failure.

Race one winner Sutton was in control throughout the race, despite two safety car interventions and heavy rainfall affecting the raced even more than in the morning’s first encounter.

UPDATE: Sutton was subsequently thrown out of the results after his Subaru Levorg GT failed the ride height check. Second-placed Ingram, who had looked well poised in the tricky conditions, also suffered the same fate.

The first driver to fall foul of the conditions was AmD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson, who lost control of his Audi in standing water on the run up to the chicane on the opening lap.

That brought about the first five lap safety car period whilst his car was removed from the gravel, before racing resumed on lap seven.

Sutton controlled the restart with ease, able to open up a lead of over two seconds over the chasing BMW of Andrew Jordan, who had moved into third on the opening lap after jumping Honda’s Dan Cammish, before getting past fellow BMW racer Colin Turkington on lap ten when Turkington slipped off the circuit.

A second safety car intervention was then required on lap 12 to retrieve the stricken cars of Team HARD’s Carl Boardley and Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Oliphant, who ended up beached in the gravel at the hairpin.

Six further laps behind the safety car followed, and on lap 19 racing resumed, only to be called off for good just one lap later when the second AmD Tuning Audi of Sam Smelt aquaplaned off into the Turn 1 barriers.

The result was thus taken at the end of lap 20, with Sutton then subsequently failing the ride height check in the pitlane. Speedworks’ Ingram was also stung by the post-race checks and was thrown out of second.

Jordan finished the race in third, ahead of Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook in fourth, with the Vauxhall driver having got past BMW’s Colin Turkington for the place on lap 20.

Honda’s Dan Cammish finished in fifth, having also got past Turkington on the last lap of racing, with the Northern Irishman taking sixth at the line.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan was seventh, ahead of Motorbase’s Tom Chilton in eighth, who had made the most progress of any driver in the top ten by moving up four places during the race.

AmD Tuning MG driver Rory Butcher took another top ten result with ninth, whilst Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff was tenth, having made up five places in the race.

Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelley looked as if he might have been about to miss the start of the race when his BMW wouldn’t fire up, but his mechanics got his car going, although he later retired to the pits after ten laps.

Race three is scheduled to get underway at 17:20 BST.

Original race result (subsequently revised)

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 20 24:09.985 57.251 1
2 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 20 2.194 57.685 6
3 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 20 2.838 58.503 4
4 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 20 4.060 57.756 5
5 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 4.673 58.047 3
6 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 20 5.415 58.840 2
7 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 5.915 58.628 9
8 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 20 6.497 58.561 12
9 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 20 7.143 59.017 10
10 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 20 9.819 59.165 15
11 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 20 10.491 59.310 14
12 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 11.077 58.951 8
13 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 20 11.424 58.938 17
14 55 M Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 20 11.751 59.431 11
15 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 12.251 58.947 18
16 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 12.921 58.869 25
17 41 Glynn GEDDIE AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 20 13.360 59.101 20
18 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 20 13.945 59.245 19
19 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 20 14.391 59.073 22
20 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 14.593 59.084 30
21 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 20 15.057 58.948 24
22 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 20 15.423 59.486 13
23 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 17.677 59.043 21
24 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 20 18.839 1:00.011 27
25 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 20 21.800 59.881 26
26 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 17 3 Laps 59.276 31
27 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 17 3 Laps 58.577 23
R 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 10 DNF 58.960 7
R 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 10 DNF 1:00.748 29
R 42 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 6 DNF 1:07.252 28
R 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 0 DNF N/A 16