Ash Sutton regains championship lead as Rory Butcher penalised for race one contact

Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher has received a time penalty for contact with Ash Sutton in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Croft, promoting the latter to fourth position and back into the standings lead.

As Sutton battled with reigning champion Colin Turkington for third on the opening lap of race one, Butcher’s Ford Focus ST tagged the Infiniti as the Scot was completing a move on Tom Oliphant’s BMW.

The contact sent Sutton into a complete spin, but the 2017 champion was able to recover into the top five positions, initially putting him level on 248 points with Turkington post-race.

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With the stewards then adding two seconds added to Butcher’s overall race time, the penalty promotes Sutton into fourth position as the pair switch in terms of results, with Sutton regaining the championship lead by two points from Turkington.

The second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Croft is scheduled to get underway at 14:29 BST.

Revised race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 20:58.839 1:22.464 1
2 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 15 0.653 1:22.561 2
3 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 15 3.573 1:22.565 3
4 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 15 10.348 1:22.669 6
5 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 15 10.592 1:23.047 10
6 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 13.245 1:23.192 7
7 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 13.436 1:23.109 8
8 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 15 16.909 1:23.353 5
9 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 17.248 1:23.229 12
10 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 17.663 1:23.143 14
11 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 15 17.89 1:23.035 4
12 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 15 21.148 1:23.731 13
13 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 15 21.553 1:22.781 24
14 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 15 23.441 1:23.542 11
15 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 23.748 1:23.443 16
16 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 15 25.347 1:23.298 15
17 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 15 27.187 1:23.815 18
18 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 15 27.663 1:23.837 25
19 21 I Mike BUSHELL RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 15 28.22 1:23.900 20
20 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 15 40.219 1:23.452 19
21 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 15 55.454 1:24.860 21
22 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 14 1 Lap 1:23.144 9
R 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 11 DNF 1:24.081 22
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 6 DNF 1:27.371 23
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 4 DNF 1:27.513 17
NS 29 I Jac CONSTABLE Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 0 DNS N/A

BTCC points deficit after Round 19
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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