Newly crowned champion Ash Sutton seals Brands Hatch race three win

Newly crowned champion Ash Sutton ended his season in fine style and took the victory in round 30 of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.

Sutton, driving the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti, had started the race in fourth but quickly found himself in second by the end of the opening lap after overtaking both Daniel Rowbottom and Tom Chilton.

The three time BTCC champion then grabbed the lead ahead of pole sitter Stephen Jelley on the exit of Clark Curve on lap three and didn’t look back, despite the best efforts of Rowbottom in the Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda, who eventually ended the race second after being unable to match the pace of Sutton.

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Race three of the day saw several drivers move themselves up through the field. This included Tom Ingram, who had started 12th, and he eventually ended the race third in the ballast free Hyundai.

Ingram could have also finished higher, had it not been for a fine defensive drive by Rowbottom ahead in the second half of the race.

Fourth in the final race of the year went to MB Motorsport with Blue Square’s Jake Hill, who managed to get ahead of Josh Cook while the pair both attempted to overtake Tom Chilton on lap 11.

Cook, who had earlier in the day won the first two races, moved up through the field as like Hill and Ingram ahead following the reverse grid draw and eventually ends the championship in third place – just three points behind Colin Turkington.

Team BMW driver Turkington was forced to retire on just the second lap after suspension damage following contact with Chilton at the Druids hairpin, meaning Cook closed up the gap for P2 in the Drivers Standings.

The aforementioned Chilton ended round 30 in sixth having earlier lined up on the front of the grid, with Gordon Shedden getting the better of Jack Goff for seventh.

The Team Dynamics and Team HARD. Drivers had an interesting battle throughout the race, but it was the Honda man who came out on top.

Rory Butcher in the Toyota GAZOO Racing Corolla finished round 30 in ninth with Jason Plato, who earlier in the day had to undergo an engine change in the Power Maxed Vauxhall, recovering to a solid tenth place finish in race three of the day.

Race three polesitter Stephen Jelley ended the race down in 24th after colliding with Jake Hill at the exit of Surtees on lap 10 that saw him spin out of contention for a strong result.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 18 30:22.671 1:31.583 4
2 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 18 1.369 1:31.574 5
3 80 I Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 18 1.502 1:31.690 12
4 24 M Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 18 3.274 1:31.553 10
5 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 18 8.001 1:32.279 9
6 3 I Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 18 8.960 1:32.209 2
7 52 I Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 18 9.682 1:32.405 7
8 31 I Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 18 10.043 1:32.335 11
9 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 18 11.992 1:32.183 3
10 11 I Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 13.002 1:32.492 18
11 48 M Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 18 14.806 1:32.256 27
12 22 I Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 18 15.345 1:32.465 24
13 123 I Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 15.962 1:32.631 8
14 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 18 17.214 1:32.292 20
15 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 17.461 1:32.164 28
16 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 18 17.697 1:32.245 29
17 4 M Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 18 19.176 1:32.668 14
18 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 18 19.397 1:32.321 22
19 18 I Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 18 20.545 1:32.200 26
20 99 I Jade EDWARDS PHSC with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 18 21.143 1:32.558 16
21 23 M Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 18 21.462 1:32.747 13
22 44 M Andy NEATE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 18 31.965 1:33.484 25
23 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 18 32.503 1:33.841 23
24 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 42.127 1:32.295 1
25 55 I Andy WILMOT EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 17 + 1 LAP 1:33.811 19
R 19 I Jack MITCHELL Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 4 DNF 1:32.871 17
R 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 1 DNF 1:41.264 6
R 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 0 DNF N/A 15
R 62 I Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 0 DNF N/A 21
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