Ash Sutton wins from Jordan and Cammish, Turkington fails to score after...

Ash Sutton wins from Jordan and Cammish, Turkington fails to score after contact

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Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Ash Sutton took victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch in a contest which may well have major title ramifications.

In another rain-affected encounter, erstwhile standings leader Colin Turkington made a lightning start to progress to second from fifth on the grid by the time the pack reached Paddock Hill Bend for the first time.

He was then pitched into a spin by Matt Neal’s Honda a few corners later at Graham Hill Bend, dropping down to the rear of the pack before pitting for slicks under the safety car.

That yellow flag period had been necessitated after a turn one clash between a sideways Jack Goff and Tom Oliphant, with Adam Morgan yet again this season unfortunate to be caught up as the innocent party in an incident.

As one of a handful of runners on the slick tyre, Turkington was unable to progress as the track conditions did not improve rapidly enough, while his WSR stablemate Andrew Jordan progressed to second position late in the race by eclipsing new standings leader Cammish – who completed the podium.

Neal would eventually come home fourth after briefly being passed by old rival Jason Plato, who then had a high-speed half spin at Hawthorns on the final lap whilst pressurising Cammish for third, dropping him to Plato.

Motorbase Performance enjoyed a strong second race on home turf, with Tom Chilton completing the top five ahead of Ollie Jackson.

Plato then was the meat in the Motorbase sandwich ahead of Michael Caine, who secured his best-ever BTCC result in eighth position.

Next was Rory Butcher in his AmD Tuning FK2 Honda Civic in ninth, while Stephen Jelley rounded out the top ten runners in his older BMW 125i M Sport.

He was ahead of Sutton’s team-mate Senna Proctor – who will start the final race of the 2019 championship from reverse-grid pole – finishing ahead of fellow rear-wheel drive racer Aiden Moffat in 12th.

Josh Cook was 13th ahead of a good result for Carl Boardley in 14th while Daniel Rowbottom rounded out the points-paying positions.

The final contest of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship is scheduled to get underway at 17:00 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 35:18.719 1:41.563 11
2 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 18 5.223 1:43.259 8
3 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 7.158 1:43.592 1
4 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 9.901 1:44.142 2
5 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 10.225 1:43.887 3
6 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 11.173 1:43.639 10
7 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 11.451 1:42.880 14
8 44 I Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS 18 11.895 1:43.341 12
9 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 12.177 1:43.506 4
10 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 18 12.259 1:43.798 7
11 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 12.722 1:43.098 27
12 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 18 13.416 1:43.339 13
13 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 14.555 1:43.360 28
14 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 14.935 1:43.263 17
15 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 16.186 1:43.723 18
16 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 18 17.462 1:44.039 21
17 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 18.192 1:43.861 15
18 21 I Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 18.959 1:43.366 6
19 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 19.772 1:40.920 25
20 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 18 21.085 1:43.613 20
21 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 18 21.364 1:41.005 23
22 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 18 25.597 1:44.648 29
23 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 18 27.631 1:41.414 24
24 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 30.438 1:42.684 26
25 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 30.952 1:42.782 5
26 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:04.978 1:40.963 19
27 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 2 Laps 1:43.845 30
R 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 8 DNF 1:54.396 22
R 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 0 DNF N/A 9
R 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 0 DNF N/A 16
BTCC points deficit after Round 29
Graphic: TouringCars.Net