Ash Sutton again fends off Colin Turkington to double up at Knockhill

Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton doubled up with his second British Touring Car Championship victory of the day at Knockhill, again fending off standings leader Colin Turkington to take the win.

The 2017 champion led the field away from pole position, with Turkington enjoying a good launch as race one podium finisher Jake Hill was forced to defend from Rory Butcher, allowing Tom Ingram’s Toyota to swoop around the outside at Duffus Dip on lap one.

With the weight in the leading duo of cars switched for the second contest, Turkington immediately pressurised Sutton on the opening lap before a safety car was called to retrieve Josh Cook’s car from the gravel trap at McIntyre.

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Having sustained heavy damage in the opening race, BTC Racing managed to get Cook’s Honda Civic Type R onto the grid for race two but his race was cut short after suffering contact after going three wide with Jack Butel and Mike Bushell.

When the race restarted Turkington was again on the offensive, with the pair’s battle bringing Ingram and then Dan Cammish into the lead battle as Hill fell back, struggling with 48 kg of success ballast in his FK2 Honda Civic Type R.

That lead battle continued until lap 13 when Andy Neate’s Motorbase Ford ended up in the gravel trap in the same position as Cook’s Honda had been, necessitating another safety car period.

When the race went green again the leading pair pulled away from Ingram, who was forced to defend until the end of the race under intense pressure from Dan Cammish, while Sutton placed his Infiniti well to hold off Turkington to the flag.

In doing so, he brought down the standings deficit to Turkington further to just eight points, again securing the bonus point for fastest lap.

His team-mate Aiden Moffat secured his best result of the season on home soil by completing the top five, finishing ahead on the road of Matt Neal who would suffer a ten second time penalty for a start infringement and eventually drop to 15th.

That promoted Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant to sixth position ahead of BTC Racing’s Tom Chilton, while Jake Hill managed to hold on to eighth position after falling back early on.

Excelr8 Motorsport’s Chris Smiley was ninth ahead of Rory Butcher, who dropped positions early in the race after going wide at McIntyre after an unsuccessful attempt at a move on Jake Hill’s Honda.

Senna Proctor – who has been drawn onto reverse grid pole race three – placed 11th in the second contest ahead of Carl Boardley, who enjoyed a strong showing in his BMW 1 Series in 12th.

Ollie Jackson was 13th in the second of the Motorbase Ford Focus ST’s while Oulton Park race three winner Adam Morgan could only manage 14th ahead of Neal in 15th after the latter’s time penalty.

The final British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill is scheduled to get underway at 16:55 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 25:54.746 50.876 1
2 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 0.662 51.058 2
3 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 27 4.033 51.129 4
4 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 4.707 50.934 6
5 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 6.282 51.279 9
6 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 6.787 51.236 8
7 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 8.888 51.376 11
8 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 27 10.972 51.597 3
9 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 11.502 51.595 14
10 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 27 11.820 51.524 5
11 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 12.536 51.668 13
12 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 27 13.554 51.723 15
13 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 27 14.455 51.748 16
14 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 15.155 51.711 12
15 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 15.922 51.517 7
16 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 27 16.648 51.601 18
17 21 I Mike BUSHELL Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 17.007 51.634 21
18 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 17.485 51.664 17
19 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 27 19.453 51.896 19
20 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 27 19.751 51.521 25
21 180 I James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 27 21.659 51.645 22
22 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 23.353 52.094 20
R 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 8 DNF 51.918 23
R 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 6 DNF 51.907 10
R 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 0 DNF N/A 24

BTCC points deficit after Round 11
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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