Ash Sutton extends standings advantage with victory in frenetic wet-to-dry race two

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.

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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.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
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

BTCC points deficit after Round 26
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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