Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton secured his second victory of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship season after scything through the field to take a commanding victory and close in on Colin Turkington’s points lead.
The 2017 champion started eighth on the grid but made quick progress through the field, enjoying a tight battle with Dan Cammish and title rival Colin Turkington in the opening third of the race before setting about challenging race one winner Rory Butcher.
He would set the fastest lap on the sixth tour of the race, taking a second out of Butcher’s advantage before making a move for the lead on the following lap on the exit of Old Hall Corner.
He would eventually extend his lead to nearly five seconds at the flag to take Infiniti’s second series win, while Rory Butcher continued a strong day in Cheshire after he inherited the race one victory as a result of Josh Cook’s exclusion.
A tactical scrap for the final position of the podium ensued behind, with Cammish placing his Team Dynamics-run Honda Civic Type R well to defend from Turkington’s advances.
Ultimately, a slight error at the Island hairpin allowed Turkington down the inside in the closing stages, with the pair making contact on the exit and allowing the reigning champion through.
Cammish would place fourth at the flag, dropping back from Turkington’s BMW 3 Series and holding off Tom Ingram’s Toyota Corolla by three tenths at the chequered flag.
Brands Hatch race three winner Tom Oliphant progressed from 13th on the grid to sixth ahead of race one podium finisher Jake Hill in the MB Motorsport FK2 Honda Civic.
The newer FK8 Honda Civic Type R of Tom Chilton placed in eighth behind him, while Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan secured a second top ten finish of the day in ninth.
Bobby Thompson, who has been drawn onto reverse grid pole for the final race of the day, rounded out the top ten in his Trade Price Cars Racing Audi S3.
Excelr8 Motorsport’s Senna Proctor managed 11th ahead of Michael Crees, who made contact with BTC Racing team-mate Josh Cook on the penultimate lap of the race after a three wide moment with Chris Smiley into Hislop’s.
Smiley would eventually lose out to Matt Neal in the latter’s 700th BTCC race, while Ollie Jackson completed the top 15 runners.
The final British Touring Car Championship race of the day is scheduled to get underway at 17:05 BST, but may well start later due to earlier delays.
|1||116||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||15||24:18.163||1:35.200||8|
|2||6||I||Rory BUTCHER||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||15||4.716||1:36.276||1|
|3||1||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||15||7.260||1:36.387||4|
|4||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||15||10.412||1:36.306||2|
|5||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||15||10.779||1:36.542||6|
|6||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||15||14.678||1:36.879||12|
|7||24||I||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||15||15.890||1:36.521||3|
|8||3||I||Tom CHILTON||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||15||16.629||1:36.864||5|
|9||32||I||Adam MORGAN||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||15||17.573||1:36.834||7|
|10||19||I||Bobby THOMPSON||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||15||18.095||1:37.001||14|
|11||18||I||Senna PROCTOR||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||15||24.166||1:37.540||10|
|12||777||I||Michael CREES||The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||15||26.086||1:37.354||11|
|13||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||15||27.883||1:37.117||24|
|14||22||I||Chris SMILEY||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||15||30.474||1:37.605||9|
|15||48||I||Ollie JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||15||30.981||1:37.596||13|
|16||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||15||35.353||1:36.927||17|
|17||4||I||Sam OSBORNE||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||15||38.232||1:38.154||16|
|18||31||I||Jack GOFF||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||15||38.298||1:37.471||25|
|19||44||I||Andy NEATE||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||15||41.373||1:37.950||15|
|20||12||I||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||15||46.396||1:38.622||20|
|21||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||15||47.999||1:36.852||27|
|22||34||I||Ollie BROWN||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||15||52.373||1:39.302||22|
|23||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with Team HARD.||Volkswagen CC||15||54.427||1:38.284||23|
|24||32||I||Jack BUTEL||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||15||55.217||1:38.640||19|
|25||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||Team HARD.||BMW 125i M Sport||15||55.392||1:38.188||26|
|26||21||I||Mike BUSHELL||Power Maxed Car Care Racing||Vauxhall Astra||15||1:23.557||1:36.280||21|
|R||180||I||James GORNALL||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||3||DNF||1:38.330||18|