Ash Sutton pressured Colin Turkington into a mistake to claim victory on the final lap of the second British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill.
Race one winner Turkington launched into a comfortable lead at the start ahead of BTC Racing’s Josh Cook, as further back Sutton jumped from fourth on the grid to third and Chris Smiley stalled his Hyundai from fifth.
That forced several drivers to take rapid evasive action, with Toyota’s Sam Smelt skipping across the grass and Nicolas Hamilton and Tom Oliphant coming together, pitching the CUPRA driver into the concrete wall.
A safety car intervention was thus required to recover Hamilton’s stranded car, with Smiley having dropped to 17th on the opening lap as a result of his poor getaway.
Racing resumed on lap seven with Turkington initially pulling out a lead of just over a second from Cook.
Sutton pounced on the BTC Racing driver for second at the hairpin on lap nine with a well-timed move, allowing the championship leader to set about cutting Turkington’s 1.3-second lead.
Just outside the podium positions, MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill passed Senna Proctor for fourth a lap after the restart, as the latter began to drop away from the leading group.
A couple of laps later, Proctor, Gordon Shedden and Aiden Moffat were involved in a tight scrap for fifth, which saw Shedden get past Proctor for the position on lap ten at McIntyres, as Aiden Moffat closed in on the group in his Laser Tools Racing Infiniti.
By this stage Tom Chilton, who started 12th, had closed in and was up to seventh briefly, but contact with Moffat at the chicane on lap 11 saw the Ciceley Motorsport driver spin to the rear of the field.
Nine laps later Moffat, running in seventh, was involved in another skirmish with Toyota’s Rory Butcher, and the pair made contact at the first corner going on to lap 21.
The touch pitched Butcher off into the barriers and out of the race, whilst Moffat dropped to 12th. The safety car was thus required for a second time in order to try to move the stricken Speedworks Toyota, although in the end it was left in-situ under waved yellow flag conditions.
Racing resumed with just three laps left to run. Turkington had already had to withstand an overtaking attempt by Sutton just before the neutralisation, and he was under intense pressure from the Infiniti driver again at the restart.
Going onto the final lap Turkington led, until he made a mistake at the chicane, took too much kerb and ran wide through the gravel.
That handed Sutton the lead with just two corners to go, whilst Turkington dropped a place and took the chequered flag in second, ahead of Hill in third, who had passed Cook for the final podium place on lap ten.
Cook was fourth, with Team Dynamics’ Shedden the top Scot in fifth. Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram was sixth, having passed Proctor at the start, who slipped to seventh.
Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato finished in eighth, whilst the top ten was completed by Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley and Laser Tools Racing’s Carl Boardley.
The reversed grid draw for the final race will see the top nine reversed, placing Jelley on pole with Plato alongside.
In the drivers’ championship, Sutton’s win has allowed him to extend his lead, the reigning champion now sitting on 161 points ahead of Ingram (137), Turkington (130), Hill (128), Cook (123) and Shedden (116).
Race three is scheduled to get underway at 17:25 BST.
|1||1||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||27||27:06.766||51.145||4|
|2||2||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||27||1.043||51.211||1|
|3||24||M||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Ford Focus ST||27||1.770||51.387||6|
|4||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||27||2.258||51.603||3|
|5||52||I||Gordon SHEDDEN||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type-R||27||2.672||51.362||8|
|6||80||I||Tom INGRAM||Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||27||3.202||51.521||10|
|7||18||I||Senna PROCTOR||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||27||4.427||51.598||2|
|8||11||I||Jason PLATO||Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||27||4.829||51.638||14|
|9||12||M||Stephen JELLEY||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||27||5.068||51.675||11|
|10||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||27||5.656||51.712||18|
|11||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||27||8.393||51.527||7|
|12||31||I||Jack GOFF||Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct||CUPRA Leon||27||8.714||51.838||16|
|13||22||I||Chris SMILEY||Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||27||9.246||51.732||5|
|14||96||I||Jack BUTEL||EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||27||10.003||52.114||20|
|15||40||I||Árón TAYLOR-SMITH||Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions||CUPRA Leon||27||13.090||52.025||25|
|16||33||I||Adam MORGAN||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330i M Sport||27||13.197||51.743||13|
|17||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||27||13.503||51.964||28|
|18||32||I||Daniel ROWBOTTOM||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type-R||27||14.535||51.841||15|
|19||20||20||Paul RIVETT||Racing with Wera & Photon Group||Ford Focus ST||27||14.825||52.159||23|
|20||4||M||Sam OSBORNE||Racing with Wera & Photon Group||Ford Focus ST||27||14.862||51.782||19|
|21||19||I||Jack MITCHELL||Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct||CUPRA Leon||27||15.386||52.262||22|
|22||48||M||Ollie JACKSON||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Ford Focus ST||27||16.649||51.923||27|
|23||99||I||Jade EDWARDS||PHSC with BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||27||18.008||52.133||26|
|24||23||M||Sam SMELT||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||27||18.188||51.889||17|
|25||3||I||Tom CHILTON||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330i M Sport||27||18.401||51.652||12|
|26||123||I||Daniel LLOYD||Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||27||19.010||51.962||29|
|27||62||I||Rick PARFITT Jr||EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||26||+ 1 LAP||52.233||21|
|R||6||M||Rory BUTCHER||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||21||DNF||51.556||9|
|R||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading||CUPRA Leon||0||DNF||N/A||24|