Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton extended his championship lead after taking victory in a frenetic second British Touring Car Championship contest in changeable conditions at Brands Hatch.
Following a full wet opening race earlier in the day, track conditions had dried considerably for the second encounter, with the majority of runners opting for slicks but a handful choosing wets and initially leading the way.
It was Tom Chilton’s wet-shod BTC Racing Honda Civic that hit the front while the slick tyre runners struggled initially to build tyre temperature, making his way through the carnage at Paddock Hill Bend as the Motorbase Ford duo of Rory Butcher and Ollie Jackson made contact with the fast-starting Jake Hill and pitching the three cars into the gravel.
With title contenders Dan Cammish and Tom Ingram also sliding wide at the first corner, championship leader Sutton then looked in the most favourable position as the conditions then started to come back towards the slick-shod cars, as Chilton’s wet tyres overheated and he fell backwards, with Sutton gaining the lead on the ninth tour.
There was drama aplenty behind as the Cammish battled with fellow Honda racer Josh Cook, with the latter being pitched by Hill into a slide and collecting four-time champion Colin Turkington who ended up with right-front damage as the tyre rubbed heavily on the bent bodywork.
Race one polesitter Ingram recovered brilliantly from his early off-track excursion to recover to second position, while Turkington would ultimately survive the drama to finish third on the road – albeit having gained the position from Cammish in questionable circumstances avoiding Paul Rivett’s stopped Audi S3 on the bottom of Paddock Hill Bend and passing Cammish in the process.
Another driver to recover from the early incidents was Ollie Jackson who replicated his race one result to complete the top five runners ahead of Adam Morgan in the penultimate race for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Jake Hill’s Honda Civic also recovered well to seventh position ahead of Senna Proctor’s Hyundai and Josh Cook’s Honda, while Butcher rounded out the top ten positions in the second of the Motorbase Ford Focus STs.
In 11th position was Chris Smiley ahead of Aiden Moffat’s Infiniti, while Michael Crees’ 13th position result was enough to crown him the 2020 Jack Sears Trophy winner.
Sam Osborne progressed to 14th from the back of the grid after his race one incident, while Tom Oliphant completed the points-paying positions following an earlier spin.
The final British Touring Car Championship race of the 2020 season is scheduled to get underway at 15:20 GMT.
|1||116||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||24||21:14.892||49.421||2|
|2||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||24||4.762||49.586||3|
|3||1||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||24||7.688||49.583||9|
|4||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||24||9.370||49.713||1|
|5||48||I||Ollie JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||24||10.832||49.807||5|
|6||32||I||Adam MORGAN||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||24||13.422||50.085||11|
|7||24||I||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||24||14.088||50.208||6|
|8||18||I||Senna PROCTOR||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||24||14.418||50.148||19|
|9||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||24||14.919||49.903||8|
|10||6||I||Rory BUTCHER||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||24||17.900||49.779||4|
|11||22||I||Chris SMILEY||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||24||22.605||50.129||13|
|12||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||24||28.823||50.012||14|
|13||777||I||Michael CREES||The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||24||33.011||49.999||20|
|14||4||I||Sam OSBORNE||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||24||37.119||50.341||26|
|15||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||24||37.712||49.956||10|
|16||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||24||42.984||50.365||7|
|17||12||I||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||23||43.415||50.308||16|
|18||3||I||Tom CHILTON||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||23||+ 1 LAP||53.936||12|
|19||32||I||Jack BUTEL||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||23||+ 1 LAP||51.322||23|
|20||31||I||Jack GOFF||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||23||+ 1 LAP||51.113||17|
|21||44||I||Andy NEATE||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||23||+ 1 LAP||54.140||18|
|22||49||I||Brad PHILPOT||Power Maxed Car Care Racing||Vauxhall Astra||23||+ 1 LAP||51.404||21|
|23||222||I||Paul RIVETT||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||23||+ 1 LAP||50.859||15|
|24||23||I||Ethan HAMMERTON||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||21||+ 1 LAP||52.118||22|
|25||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with Team HARD.||Volkswagen CC||2||+ 2 LAPS||54.097||25|
|R||88||I||Glynn GEDDIE||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||1||DNF||56.955||27|
|R||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||Team HARD.||BMW 125i M Sport||0||DNF||1:12.312||24|