Ash Sutton claims reverse-grid race win at Snetterton

NAPA Racing UK’s Ash Sutton took the top honours in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Snetterton, seeing off an early challenge from Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom.

Although Sutton had been drawn onto pole position for the partially reversed grid race after the top nine in race two were reversed, it was fellow front-row starter Rowbottom who got the jump on the run to the first corner.

However, Sutton then fought back into the lead with an undercut on Rowbottom from Agostini bend to Hamilton corner, ending the lap firmly back in the lead against Rowbottom, who like team-mate Gordon Shedden reportedly had no hybrid boost available at all during the race due to a technical issue.

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BTC Racing’s Jason Plato, who had started third, then followed Sutton past Rowbottom at Williams going onto the back straight, but he thereafter lacked the pace of his former team-mate and fell back over the course of the next 12 uninterrupted laps.

Sutton would go on to win by almost five seconds from Plato, with Toyota’s Ricky Collard completing the podium in his first visit to the rostrum this season, despite a last-lap pass from Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram.

Ingram had pulled a cutback move at Agostini to briefly pass Collard, but the Toyota racer came back at Williams with some contact, elbowing Ingram out wide.

Ingram took the chequered flag in fourth, whilst Jake Hill was the top BMW driver in fifth after breezing past Rowbottom on the Bentley Straight three laps from the finish.

Race one and two winner Colin Turkington followed Hill past on the approach to the Esses to take sixth, the Team BMW driver having just a few corners earlier dispatched Rowbottom himself.

Toyota’s Rory Butcher was seventh, along with Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan getting by Rowbottom on the penultimate lap, with Morgan taking eighth.

Rowbottom lost another place on the final lap, leaving Apec Racing’s Ollie Jackson to take ninth whilst Rowbottom completed the top ten.

BTC Racing’s josh Cook made a place at the start, passed Excelr8’s Daniel Lloyd for 13th a lap later then gained two more places in the following laps to take 11th when BMW’s Stephen Jelley was spun by butcher at the Esses and Power Maxed Racing’s Ash Hand retired to the pits.

Lloyd came home in 12th, ahead of Ciceley’s George Gamble, Team HARD’s Bobby Thompson and Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden, the latter gaining 12 places after starting at the back following his race two retirement.

In the championship, Turkington continues to lead with 282 points ahead of Ingram (265), Hill (258), Sutton (257) and Cook (210).

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 M Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 12 23:51.491 1:57.772 1
2 11 I Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 4.556 1:57.854 3
3 21 M Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 12 6.475 1:58.294 4
4 80 M Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 12 7.263 1:58.305 7
5 24 M Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 12 8.677 1:58.101 8
6 500 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 12 9.074 1:58.326 9
7 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 12 12.094 1:58.023 12
8 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 12 12.344 1:58.524 6
9 48 M Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 12 15.263 1:58.969 13
10 32 M Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 12 15.551 1:57.953 2
11 66 I Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 15.947 1:59.004 15
12 123 M Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 12 16.366 1:58.739 11
13 42 I George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 12 16.912 1:58.781 14
14 19 I Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 12 17.356 1:59.117 17
15 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 12 17.815 1:58.963 27
16 9 M Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 12 18.905 1:58.837 18
17 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 12 19.626 1:58.814 24
18 777 I Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 22.221 1:58.716 21
19 17 I Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 12 22.690 1:58.764 28
20 77 M Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 12 24.892 1:59.005 20
21 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 12 27.961 1:58.214 5
22 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 12 34.406 1:59.342 16
23 99 I Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 35.511 2:00.180 22
24 20 I Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 12 1:45.614 2:00.813 25
R 96 M Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 5 DNF 1:59.530 19
R 97 I Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 4 DNF 1:58.778 10
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 0 DNF N/A 23
NS 62 I Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 DNS N/A 26
NS 3 M Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N DNS N/A 29
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