Ash Sutton closes in on Colin Turkington’s standings advantage with race two victory

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.

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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.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
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

BTCC points deficit after Round 8
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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