Ash Sutton gives Infiniti first BTCC victory in final race at Donington...

Ash Sutton gives Infiniti first BTCC victory in final race at Donington Park

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Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton took a maiden victory for Infiniti in the British Touring Car Championship in race three at Donington Park after storming through the field.

Starting from eighth on the grid for the reversed-grid encounter, Sutton made progress on the opening lap before scything through the field in spectacular fashion.

Notably, Sutton’s start remains under investigation so the result remains provisional.

Polesitter Chris Smiley would eventually take Hyundai’s – and Excelr8 Motorsport’s – maiden BTCC podium in second position, despite initially losing the lead to Motorbase’s Ollie Jackson.

He then set about regaining the lead, and managed to do so with a spectacular move on lap seven at the Old Hairpin which caused further changes behind as Sutton went three-wide with Ollie Jackson and Dan Cammish.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook capitalised on the drama to take second position and would challenge Smiley for the lead before Sutton passed the pair, meaning they finished second and third respectively.

Adam Morgan continued a strong day of points finishes in fourth position while erstwhile leader Ollie Jackson completed the top five finishers.

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Tom Ingram capped off a solid day in sixth position at the scene of the Corolla’s first victory in race three at Donington Park last year, managing to get past race one winner Dan Cammish late in the race.

Behind him was Halfords Yuasa Racing team-mate Matt Neal who played rear-gunner to the 2019 runner-up effectively, fending off the Team BMW duo of Tom Oliphant and Colin Turkington.

With the championship leader rounding out the top ten, he now sits atop the standings just six points clear of rival Dan Cammish, with race three winner Sutton nine points back despite only scoring two points in the season opener.

Rory Butcher, who doubled up with two podium finishers earlier in the day in the new-for-2020 Ford Focus ST, would go on to finish 11th place ahead of Tom Chilton.

Behind Chilton was BTC Racing team-mate Michael Crees in 13th position, while Carl Boardley and Bobby Thompson rounded out the points finishers.

The British Touring Car Championship returns to action next weekend [08-09 August] in Kent at the iconic Brands Hatch GP circuit.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 17 20:38.798 1:09.628 8
2 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 17 2.28 1:10.406 1
3 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 2.556 1:10.305 3
4 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 3.524 1:10.148 5
5 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 17 4.89 1:10.457 2
6 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 17 5.161 1:10.194 9
7 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 6.247 1:10.321 7
8 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 7.112 1:10.348 6
9 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 7.629 1:10.110 10
10 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 7.993 1:10.234 12
11 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 17 12.317 1:10.436 11
12 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 14.635 1:10.590 13
13 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 17.127 1:10.642 14
14 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 17 17.239 1:10.716 15
15 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 17 21.984 1:10.821 17
16 180 I James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 17 22.478 1:10.677 25
17 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 17 26.247 1:10.924 20
18 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 26.512 1:10.308 4
19 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 17 31.712 1:10.998 18
20 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 43.719 1:11.823 19
21 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 17 46.015 1:11.450 23
22 34 I Ollie BROWN RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 + 1 LAP 1:11.635 24
R 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 DNF 1:10.324 26
NC 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 14 NCF 1:10.039 21
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 10 DNF 1:10.572 22
R 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 4 DNF 1:11.456 16