Ash Sutton at the double
Reigning BTCC champion Ash Sutton has taken his second win of the day at Croft, this time fighting back past the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota of Tom Ingram to take the victory.
Sutton, Ingram and the other Subaru Levorg of Jason Plato went three-wide on the run down to Clervaux on the opening lap and when the dust settled it was Ingram’s Avensis that had been muscled to the head of the pack.
Plato was adjudged to have jumped the start and handed a drive through penalty, shortly before Sutton had slipped back by Ingram at the hairpin on lap two.
Following the fallout of all that early action we were left with Sutton leading Ingram, who had Colin Turkington’s BMW closing him down in third.
As he was in the first race, Sam Tordoff was settled in fourth in the Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus – a position he would again hold until the finish. Incredibly it is the sixth time that Yorkshireman Tordoff has finished fourth on his return to the series, although he’s yet to make the podium this season.
Two BMWs fought tooth and nail over fifth place with Rob Collard initially holding off stablemate Andrew Jordan. That all changed late on, however, as Jordan made his move and the Team BMW 125i M Sport of Collard suffered with a puncture.
Collard’s woe promoted Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher’s Tom Chilton up to sixth, ahead of Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal. Three-time champion Neal has fought hard for points in both races so far in the new Honda Civic Type R and the BTCC legend is still nicely poised in the overall standings.
Senna Proctor (Power Maxed TAG Racing) and Daniel Lloyd (BTC Norlin Racing) took eighth and ninth repectively and were further rewarded with a front row start in the reverse grid race, which takes place later today. The MG of Rory Butcher rounded out the top ten with the Scotsman having shown solid pace throughout the day.
Josh Cook endured a heart-in-mouth moment when he went off at high speed on the opening lap, but the Vauxhall man was able to recover after a long trip across the fields.
1 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 15 laps
2 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +4.284s
3 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +11.450s
4 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +5.147s
5 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +6.573s
6 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +11.754s
7 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +13.653s
8 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +14.112s
9 Dan LLOYD (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +14.387s
10 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +21.701s
11 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +22.310s
12 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +23.238s
13 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +26.658s
14 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +27.090s
15 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing +27.391s
16 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +31.605s
17 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +37.039s
18 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +40.730s
19 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +41.010s
20 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +41.025s
21 Brett SMITH (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +41.341s
22 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +43.776s
23 James COLE (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +44.404s
24 Sam SMELT (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +44.943s
25 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +50.843s
26 Jake HILL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +53.167s
27 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +1 lap
28 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +2 laps
29 Josh PRICE (GBR) Autoglym Academy Racing +4 laps
30 Michael CAINE (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +6 laps
31 Tom BOARDMAN (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +9 laps
32 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +10 laps