Sutton scythes through to secure fifth win of year at Knockhill

Sutton scythes through to secure fifth win of year at Knockhill

Ash Sutton
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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.

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 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
Points deficit R22
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