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.
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.
|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|