Ash Sutton wins BTCC season finale in near dead-heat

Ash Sutton wins BTCC season finale in near dead-heat

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Outgoing British Touring Car Champion Ash Sutton signed off in style by winning the final round of the 2018 season by a mere 0.032 seconds in a near dead-heat with Josh Cook.

Pole-sitter Cook lost out to a brave move on the outside of Paddock Hill Bend at the start from Rob Austin’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta, but re-took the lead at the same corner five laps later.

A move by Sutton on Tom Chilton’s Motorbase Ford into Westfield put him in a prime position to capitalise on the pair’s squabble, under-cutting Austin into Hawthorn to take second.

Though Cook put up a robust defence of his hard-earned lead until the last, the Subaru Levorg GT got a better run through Clearways on the final lap and out-dragged the Vauxhall Astra to the chequered flag – Sutton’s sixth win of the campaign.

Austin eventually rounded out the rostrum after fending off the advances of Chilton on the final tour of the 2.4 mile Grand Prix loop, with championship runner-up Tom Ingram in fifth.

At one stage Sam Tordoff’s striking GardX-backed Ford was the quickest machine on circuit, but he had to settle for sixth ahead of Cook’s team-mate Senna Proctor and the leading BTC Norlin Honda of Chris Smiley.

Andrew Jordan was the leading BMW in ninth, with Ricky Collard rounding out a string of outings in the UK’s most competitive tin-top series in 13th.

Their team mate and now-reigning Champion Colin Turkington ended the campaign in 23rd.

Collard was bested by Adam Morgan’s Mercedes A-Class in 11th and the AmD Audi S3 of Ollie Jackson, but ahead of James Cole and Mike Bushell.

Strong campaigns for Jack Goff and Matt Neal ended in 18th and 21st respectively, with Jason Plato curtailing his fourth campaign with Team BMR in 26th.

The 2019 British Touring Car Championship gets underway once again at Brands Hatch (Indy) over the weekend of 07-08 April, 2019.

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 15 23:18.405 1:31.582 3
2 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 0.032 1:32.084 1
3 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 15 0.738 1:32.333 2
4 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1.100 1:32.142 5
5 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 1.662 1:31.668 7
6 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 15 1.839 1:31.319 14
7 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 2.286 1:32.023 4
8 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 2.550 1:31.562 12
9 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 3.065 1:32.073 8
10 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 3.689 1:31.708 13
11 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 8.300 1:32.227 23
12 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 11.912 1:32.445 15
13 55 M Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 12.054 1:32.358 18
14 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 12.484 1:32.470 16
15 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 15 15.255 1:32.295 20
16 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 15.720 1:32.528 11
17 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 16.877 1:32.685 10
18 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 17.208 1:32.231 25
19 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 15 17.509 1:32.422 30
20 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 18.112 1:32.116 24
21 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 18.457 1:32.642 9
22 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 19.210 1:32.559 27
23 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 19.417 1:32.099 22
24 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 19.616 1:32.415 28
25 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 19.845 1:32.797 17
26 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 20.112 1:32.390 19
27 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:22.927 1:31.661 6
R 32 Ethan HAMMERTON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 4 DNF 1:33.838 29
R 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 3 DNF 1:33.928 26
R 54 Josh CAYGILL AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 3 DNF 1:35.223 21
NS 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC DNS N/A 31
BTCC points deficit chart
Graphic: TouringCars.Net