Rory Butcher wins season finale as Ash Sutton crowned 2020 BTCC champion

Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher claimed victory in the final race of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship season as Ash Sutton secured his second title after outscoring title rival Colin Turkington.

Polesitter Aiden Moffat initially led the way out front before sliding wide on the second tour and allowing Josh Cook through, before further drama that saw Rory Butcher take a lead he would never relinquish, seizing victory for Motorbase at their home circuit to cap off a strong debut season for the new-for-2020 Ford Focus ST.

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Tom Ingram secured his third podium of the day in second position, cutting down what was a lead deficit of some seven seconds to just 1.5 seconds at the chequered flag.

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Completing the podium was MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill who retook third position from a hard-charging Dan Cammish, who progressed from 11th on the grid to finish fourth at the flag, albeit following contact with Adam Morgan’s Mercedes-Benz at Druids approaching the latter stages.

In sixth position, and claiming his second ever British Touring Car Championship Drivers’ championship was Ash Sutton, who managed to catch and pass title rival Turkington despite being stuck behind the four-time champion for multiple laps before finally cleanly making a move by dragging past on the exit of Clearways and completing the manoeuvre into Paddock Hill Bend.

Sutton’s former team-mate Josh Cook was next in seventh position, while polesitter Moffat slipped to eighth after initially playing rear-gunner to Sutton as he battled with Turkington.

Team BMW’s Turkington would eventually finish in ninth position having initially progressed to fifth in the early stages of the race, ahead of Ollie Jackson in the second of the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus STs to round out the top ten runners.

BTC Racing’s Tom Chilton placed 11th, ahead of Chris Smiley’s Hyundai which plummeted down the order after sliding wide at Graham Hill Bend in the early stages, while Tom Oliphant managed 13th in the second Team BMW entry.

In 14th position was triple champion Matt Neal in what was potentially his last weekend in the championship, while Jack Sears Trophy winner Michael Crees rounded out the points-paying positions in 15th.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 24 22:15.138 54.964 3
2 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 24 1.522 54.434 11
3 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 24 7.679 54.932 6
4 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 9.984 54.127 10
5 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 24 10.521 54.927 7
6 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 12.038 54.674 12
7 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 14.094 55.187 4
8 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 16.133 55.149 1
9 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 24 17.32 55.277 9
10 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 24 18.431 55.072 8
11 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 18.764 54.888 18
12 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 19.008 54.868 2
13 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 24 19.217 54.956 15
14 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 20.935 55.242 16
15 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 31.358 55.407 13
16 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 24 35.78 55.879 20
17 222 I Paul RIVETT GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 24 36.679 55.591 23
18 88 I Glynn GEDDIE RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 24 38.623 55.811 26
19 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 39.743 55.758 5
20 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 24 45.302 56.355 25
21 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 24 46.119 56.225 19
22 49 I Brad PHILPOT Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 47.175 56.343 22
23 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 24 54.671 56.026 27
24 23 I Ethan HAMMERTON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 21 + 3 LAPS 57.193 24
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 12 DNF 55.642 14
R 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 3 DNF 58.062 17
R 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 3 DNF 58.399 21

BTCC points deficit after Round 27
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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