Jake Hill battles to race one win at Knockhill

Jake Hill picked up his second win of the season in the opening British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Knockhill, after a hard-fought battle with NAPA Racing UK’s Ash Sutton.

At the start, Hill held the lead, but the B Motorsport driver soon found himself under pressure from reigning champion Sutton, who sought to take advantage of the longer time that the rear-wheel drive BMW takes to get its tyres up to temperature.

Sutton moved to the outside of Hill at the hairpin at the end of the opening lap, giving him an overlap heading onto the start-finish straight.

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Sutton then swept around the outside of Hill into the first corner, but despite opening up an initial half a second lead, Hill was soon back onto the rear bumper of the Ford.

Lap six saw Hill nerf the back of Sutton’s car as the latter drove defensively into the hairpin, damaging the front of his BMW.

Two laps later Hill powered past Sutton before the first corner, but after cutting back Sutton was in the lead again by Turn 3.

However, before another lap was out Hill was back in front, this time with a clean move down the inside on the main straight, and thereafter he was able to open up a gap to claim the fifth win of his BTCC career.

Sutton held on to take second, a seventh podium of his thus-far winless season, despite heavy pressure from Team BMW’s Colin Turkington in the final laps, with the Northern Irishman having to settle for third.

Stephen Jelley followed his BMW team-mate home in fourth, gaining just one place which came as a result of the demise of Adam Morgan on the formation lap, with the Ciceley Motorsport driver being towed to the pits before re-joining to start at the back of the pack.

Morgan’s team-mate George Gamble came home in fifth, ahead of the leading Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai of points leader Tom Ingram in sixth, although Turkington’s podium has reduced the gap to just seven points.

Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden was seventh, the Honda driver getting by fellow Scot Rory Butcher for the place on the penultimate lap.

Butcher brought his Toyota home in eighth, with NAPA Racing’s Dan Cammish and the second Toyota of Ricky Collard completing the top ten.

Title contender Josh Cook had run in the top ten early on, but the BTC Racing driver lost three places on lap 14, before succumbing to Morgan, on a recovery drive, to slip to 15th late in the race.

Morgan gained 15 places from where he ultimately started to take the chequered flag in 14th, although he ran out of time to catch the Infiniti of Aiden Moffat in 13th before the end of the race.

Jack Butel was the sole retirement, coming into the pits after five laps with an issue on his Hyundai, whilst Daniel Rowbottom finished three laps down after he had pitted from tenth at the end of the second lap.

Elsewhere there were off-track incidents for both Power Maxed Racing’s Michael Crees and BTC Racing’s Jason Plato, leaving them to finish two laps down in 26th and 27th.

Race two is scheduled to get underway at 14:15 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 24 M Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 20:52.156 51.316 1
2 1 M Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 24 3.640 51.737 2
3 50 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 24 3.784 51.406 3
4 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 24 5.979 51.740 5
5 42 I George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 6.363 51.453 6
6 80 M Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 6.933 51.670 8
7 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 24 13.008 51.546 13
8 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 13.984 51.736 7
9 9 M Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 24 14.242 51.700 10
10 21 M Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 14.381 51.758 15
11 3 M Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 15.296 52.035 16
12 19 I Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 24 16.120 51.965 12
13 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 17.124 51.817 9
14 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 18.220 51.459 4
15 66 I Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 21.591 51.571 14
16 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 24 23.599 52.189 21
17 77 M Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 24 34.493 52.465 23
18 62 I Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 24 34.803 52.400 27
19 123 M Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 36.371 52.804 22
20 17 I Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 37.039 51.824 25
21 48 M Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 24 38.259 52.368 26
22 20 I Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 24 41.723 52.431 28
23 99 I Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 42.293 52.426 24
24 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 24 48.873 52.635 29
25 97 I Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 + 2 LAPS 52.479 17
26 777 I Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 + 2 LAPS 52.106 18
27 11 I Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 + 2 LAPS 51.915 19
28 32 M Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 21 + 3 LAPS 51.648 11
R 96 M Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 5 DNF 53.242 20
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