BTCC Brands Hatch – Sutton has one hand on title with win

Ash Sutton took another huge step towards winning the title with a win in race two at Brands Hatch. Tom Ingram finished second with title rivals Colin Turkington third and Dan Cammish fourth on the road. Turkington received a penalty post-race for overtaking under yellow flags.

Some drivers elected to start on wet tyres, with the track drying in sunny conditions. Sutton took the lead off the start with a selection of drivers sliding off at Paddock. Jake Hill, Ollie Jackson, and Ingram all slid off. Tom Chilton had an incredible start on the wets and moved into the lead on lap two. Andy Neate, another of the wet shod drivers, was third.

A few drivers had spins, including Jack Goff at Graham Hill bend on lap five. Ingram was fighting back from his Paddock Hill moment and was seventh, behind Turkington.

On lap nine the wet tyres were wearing quickly, and so Chilton lost the lead and fell down the order, finishing 18th and a lap down. Neate finished 21st eventually.

On lap 12 Hill suffered damage at Druids, and Tom Oliphant was next to spin at Graham Hill bend.

A lap later Turkington developed an issue on his car, with his front right tyre rubbing on the bodywork, but it didn’t seem to hinder him as he kept putting up fast times.

Sutton was far ahead and cruised to the win with all the action happening behind him as he drove to victory.

Turkington was fighting with Cammish, with both wanting to keep their title hopes alive. Ingram was in second and the title chasing pair were third and fouth.

A moment of drama on lap 23 as Paul Rivett spun on the exit of Paddock Hill, his Audi stationary in the middle of the road. All avoided him but Turkington had to swerve to avoid him and only just missed him.

A hairy moment but he recovered for third on the road, with Ingram’s title hopes now over despite a second place finish. Ash Sutton took the win and has a stronger lead over Turkington with only three drivers now in contention for the title going into the final race of the weekend.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50
2 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +4.762
3 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +9.370
4 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +9.688
5 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +10.832
6 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +13.422
7 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +14.088
8 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +14.418
9 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +14.919
10 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +17.900
11 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +22.605
12 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +28.823
13 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +33.011
14 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +37.119
15 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +37.712
16 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +42.984
17 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +43.415
18 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +1 Lap
19 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +1 Lap
20 Jack Goff VW CC +1 Lap
21 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +1 Lap
22 Brad Philpot Vauxhall Astra +1 Lap
23 Paul Rivett Audi S3 Saloon +1 Lap
24 Ethan Hammerton Audi S3 Saloon +1 Lap
25 Nicolas Hamilton VW CC +3 Laps
Retirements
RET Glyn Geddie VW CC Mechanical
RET Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport Mechanical

Image Credit: BTCC Media

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