Ash Sutton takes win in challenging conditions in Thruxton race three

Ash Sutton made the most of changing conditions to take the win in round three of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship ahead of Jason Plato.

Ever changing weather conditions throughout the 16-lap race saw defending champion Sutton, driving the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50, get the win after overtaking Jake Hill – who was one of only a few drivers to choose slicks – on lap ten.

The MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square driver had been set for second place after appearing to cope despite rain returning late on in the race, but Plato in the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall managed to overtake him in a drag race to the line on the final lap.

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After beginning the race on slicks despite a damp track, both Hill – who started ninth – and Tom Oliphant – who started second – managed to pull back through the field after originally being on the wrong tyre choice for the damp conditions.

By the end of lap three, Team BMW driver Oliphant found himself down in 19th place, but the track would gradually dry through the middle stages which saw him move back up through the field.

However, after then recovering back up to second, further drama unfolded for Oliphant after it was revealed he had been given a time penalty after being deemed to be in the correct position in his grid box.

That, mixed with the wet conditions making a return late on, saw the Team BMW driver end the race in seventh.

The result means Hill now leads the Drivers Standings going to Snetterton next month by a single point over double race winner this weekend Josh Cook.

Fourth in race three was the fast-charging Gordon Shedden, who made the most of the tricky conditions after starting towards the back of the field in 18th.

Dan Lloyd – another series returnee – made it two Power Maxed Vauxhall’s in the top five, whilst Colin Turkington finished sixth in race three.

The aforementioned Oliphant, Jack Goff in the Team HARD CUPRA, Ollie Jackson and the race three polesitter Stephen Jelley completed the top ten.

Both double race winner from earlier Cook and Excelr8 Hyundai driver Tom Ingram were given penalties early in the race due to not having their wheels fitted to their cars in time on the grid, meaning both ended the race down the field and out of the points.

More action unfolded late on the penultimate lap as Rory Butcher – whose Toyota GAZOO Racing UK team managed to rebuild his car following his large race two shunt – collided with the Laser Tools Infiniti of Carl Boardley, which had spun after contact from Rick Parfitt. Both cars were badly damaged as a result.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP GD
1 1 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 22:47.671 1:23.666 3
2 11 I Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 4.789 1:23.545 7
3 24 M Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 16 4.859 1:20.494 9
4 52 I Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 16 5.025 1:22.473 18
5 123 I Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 9.927 1:23.438 14
6 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 10.105 1:23.368 5
7 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 13.212 1:20.423 2
8 31 I Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 16 14.014 1:23.307 12
9 48 M Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 16 16.377 1:23.291 13
10 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 18.713 1:24.356 1
11 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 16 21.321 1:23.657 15
12 4 M Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 16 24.962 1:24.544 16
13 3 I Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 16 25.188 1:24.584 26
14 23 M Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 16 25.722 1:24.507 20
15 22 I Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 38.847 1:19.758 23
16 62 I Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 40.064 1:25.435 24
17 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 16 52.655 1:26.658 22
18 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 16 55.339 1:19.944 21
19 96 I Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 1:04.841 1:25.974 19
20 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 1 Lap 1:18.594 11
21 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 15 1 Lap 1:23.233 8
22 80 I Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 15 1 Lap 1:19.507 6
23 27 I Dan CAMMISH BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 1 Lap 1:23.327 10
24 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 14 2 Laps 1:25.284 17
25 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 14 2 Laps 1:26.084 25
R 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 9 DNF 1:24.080 4
R 99 I Jade EDWARDS BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 3 DNF N/A 27
NS 88 I Glynn GEDDIE Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon DNS N/A 28
NS 44 M Andy NEATE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST DNS N/A 29
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