Rory Butcher capitalises on Plato/Sutton contact to win thrilling race three

Rory Butcher capitalises on Plato/Sutton contact to win thrilling race three

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AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher capitalised on contact between Jason Plato and Ash Sutton to take victory in a dramatic third British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton.

2017 champion Sutton started from the front row of the grid on the favoured softer compound rubber, with reverse-grid polesitter Chris Smiley losing out to Jason Plato who nudged him wide and sliced through on the inside at the Montreal hairpin on the opening lap.

A titanic battle ensued as Plato defended from Sutton, with the Subaru racer finding a way past on the outside of the hairpin on lap seven, briefly gaining the lead before the pair again made contact at Agostini.

The duo continued to scrap until lap nine, when they went three-wide with Butcher on the Bentley straight, eventually making contact as Sutton tried the outside line but was spun around by Plato.

That allowed the soft-shod Butcher through for the lead, followed by Josh Cook who redeemed a difficult weekend with second place in the final encounter ahead of BTC Racing team-mate Chris Smiley.

Butcher’s victory marked his first ‘on the road’ win after he inherited the Brands Hatch race three win after Tom Chilton recieved a post-race penalty for contact.

In fourth position was Rob Collard – also on the soft tyre – just in front of Power Maxed Racing team-mate Plato, with 2013 champion Andrew Jordan in sixth.

Race one winner Tom Ingram put in a great recovery drive after a disastrous race two to come home eighth, with another strong points finish for Ollie Jackson in ninth.

Reigning champion and second race winner Colin Turkington struggled with the hard tyre and maximum ballast to complete the top ten, while Team HARD’s Jack Goff progressed from 30th on the grid to finish 11th.

Matt Neal didn’t have the race he would have liked on the favourable tyre and got tangled up in incidents before finishing 12th, ahead of Tom Chilton and Matt Simpson.

Sam Osborne secured the first points for the Excelr8 Motorsport squad, finishing 15th in the MG6.

Ash Sutton would eventually finish 20th ahead of Aiden Moffat’s Inifiniti Q50, while Jake Hill – who had also been in the lead battle – finished 24th after dropping back rapidly, seemingly with an issue.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 12 23:55.854 1:57.403 12
2 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1.450 1:57.597 15
3 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 8.275 1:58.164 1
4 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 8.748 1:58.087 14
5 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 9.598 1:58.437 3
6 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 12 9.873 1:58.162 6
7 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 12 10.272 1:58.587 4
8 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 12 10.465 1:58.809 23
9 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 12 16.985 1:58.689 5
10 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 17.385 1:58.376 8
11 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 12 17.517 1:58.259 30
12 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 18.483 1:57.758 16
13 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 12 19.449 1:58.927 17
14 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 20.27 1:59.109 9
15 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 12 20.556 1:59.061 24
16 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 21.15 1:59.064 7
17 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 12 21.552 1:56.802 26
18 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 12 26.56 2:00.010 20
19 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 12 26.912 1:58.872 28
20 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 12 27.567 1:56.805 2
21 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 12 33.725 1:59.864 19
R 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 9 DNF 1:58.198 27
R 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 9 DNF 1:58.511 25
R 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 8 DNF 1:57.547 10
R 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 7 DNF 1:59.500 18
R 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 6 DNF 1:58.915 11
R 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 6 DNF 1:59.674 21
R 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2 DNF 2:00.757 29
R 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 1 DNF 2:18.436 13
R 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 0 DNF N/A 22