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)
|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|