Subaru’s Ash Sutton claimed victory in a wet opening British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill, having carved his way through the pack from eighth on the grid to win ahead of Team BMW’s Colin Turkington.
Poleman Dan Cammish got his Honda off the line well at the start, initially leading ahead of the Team Parker Racing BMW of Stephen Jelley and BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan in third.
But it was Sutton who was making moves early on in the race further back, dicing with Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram on the opening two laps to secure sixth, before setting about pushing past the trio of BMW drivers ahead.
Sutton’s task was helped by BTC Norlin Racing’s Chris Smiley slipping back during the race, moving the reigning champion up to fifth on lap three, before he got past Jordan for fourth on lap seven.
In-fighting amongst the BMW drivers kept the pack closed up behind Cammish in the early laps, with Turkington passing Jelley for second on lap four, with Jelley then losing out to Sutton on lap eight.
That opened the door for Sutton to charge to the leading duo, and he made passes on Turkington and Cammish on successive laps on lap 11 and lap 12 to take the lead.
A safety car intervention was required on lap 21 though, when Turkington, who had lost out to Jelley, tagged the rear of the fellow BMW ahead at Clark curve and spun Jelley out of the race into the gravel.
Sutton managed the restart well three laps later and scored his fifth win of the year, moving him to just 27 points behind Turkington.
The Northern Irishman took the chequered flag in second, and although the incident was investigated after the race the stewards decided to take no further action other than a formal reprimand against Turkington for the incident.
Cammish completed the podium in third as the best of the front-wheel drive runners, ahead of Jordan in fourth.
Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook made up several positions late in the race to claim fifth in his Vauxhall, ahead of Ingram in sixth.
Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Oliphant took his best-ever BTCC result in seventh, ahead of Smiley in eighth, with the Northern Irishman having struggled compared to his top ten rivals in the wet.
Adam Morgan brought home his Mercedes in ninth, whilst Knockhill local Rory Butcher completed the top ten in his AmD Tuning MG.
Along with Jelley, Honda’s Matt Neal retired from the race following contact from Matt Simpson on the tenth lap, as Neal took a wide line at the hairpin and the two drivers attempted to converge onto the same piece of tarmac at the exit, breaking Neal’s right-rear suspension.
Team HARD’s Bobby Thompson failed to take the start after suffering from a continuation of oil issues that struck him on Saturday.
BTC Norlin Racing’s Dan Lloyd, whose windscreen wipers packed up, suffered from a hair-raising spin in front of the pack on the fifth lap and consequently could only finish in 25th, just ahead of the second Subaru of Jason Plato.
Race two is scheduled to get underway at 14:25 BST.
|1||1||M||Ashley SUTTON||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||27||27:34.050||56.410||8|
|2||2||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||27||1.287||56.766||4|
|3||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||27||2.779||57.115||1|
|4||77||M||Andrew JORDAN||BMW Pirtek Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||27||2.999||56.990||3|
|5||66||M||Josh COOK||Power Maxed TAG Racing||Vauxhall Astra||27||3.433||56.678||10|
|6||80||Tom INGRAM||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||27||4.370||57.028||6|
|7||15||Tom OLIPHANT||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||27||6.606||57.540||7|
|8||22||Chris SMILEY||BTC Norlin Racing||Honda Civic Type R||27||7.015||57.352||5|
|9||33||Adam MORGAN||MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||27||7.778||57.420||9|
|10||6||Rory BUTCHER||AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing||MG 6||27||8.108||57.274||23|
|11||55||M||Ricky COLLARD||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||27||8.412||57.379||12|
|12||3||Tom CHILTON||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||27||8.804||57.185||15|
|13||39||Brett SMITH||WIX Racing with Eurotech||Honda Civic Type R||27||10.166||57.432||11|
|14||11||Rob AUSTIN||DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||27||10.452||57.437||13|
|15||31||Jack GOFF||WIX Racing with Eurotech||Honda Civic Type R||27||11.192||57.636||17|
|16||48||Ollie JACKSON||AmD with Cobra Exhausts||Audi S3||27||11.847||57.549||19|
|17||600||Sam TORDOFF||Team GardX Racing with Motorbase||Ford Focus RS||27||12.096||57.281||16|
|18||16||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||27||15.787||57.777||20|
|19||18||M||Senna PROCTOR||Power Maxed TAG Racing||Vauxhall Astra||27||16.130||57.549||24|
|20||41||Glynn GEDDIE||AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing||MG 6||27||16.371||57.399||27|
|21||303||Matt SIMPSON||Simpson Racing||Honda Civic Type R||27||16.634||57.312||26|
|22||23||Sam SMELT||AmD with Cobra Exhausts||Audi S3||27||17.346||57.128||29|
|23||21||Mike BUSHELL||Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing||Volkswagen CC||27||18.388||57.762||25|
|24||20||James COLE||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||27||19.101||57.414||22|
|25||26||Daniel LLOYD||BTC Norlin Racing||Honda Civic Type R||27||19.287||56.726||14|
|26||99||M||Jason PLATO||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||27||19.660||57.656||18|
|27||43||Ollie PIDGLEY||Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing||Volkswagen CC||27||21.098||58.567||30|
|28||42||Carl BOARDLEY||Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars||Volkswagen CC||27||21.452||57.830||28|
|R||60||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||18||DNF||56.977||2|
|R||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||11||DNF||58.058||21|
|R||19||Bobby THOMPSON||Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars||Volkswagen CC||0||DNF||N/A||31|