BTCC Brands Hatch – Sutton strikes first on finals day

Dan Cammish took the win in the first race of finals day at Brands Hatch. Ash Sutton took the championship lead with second and Tom Ingram rounded off the podium to keep his title hopes alive.

There were two green flag laps to warm the tyres with rain falling throughout the first race at Brands Hatch.

At the start Sutton moved up into second with Cammish up to third. The pair were fighting over second with Ingram in the lead. On lap four Cammish moved ahead of Sutton with the top three close together. Cammish did almost pass Ingram into Clearways but after a slight tap from the Honda driver, he backed off.

Sutton and Cammish were side by side on the pit straight before the Safety Car was brought out by a crash between Glyn Geddie and Sam Osborne at Druids.

After four laps we were back underway, with Cammish hot on the heels of Ingram. The Yorkshireman passing Ingram into Druids on lap 13 to take a lead he never relinquished.

Cammish was able to pull away as Sutton and Ingram fought for second. Sutton was next to pass the Toyota of Ingram on lap 22 as he hunted down Cammish for more points in the title battle.

In the last couple of laps Sutton was taking chunks of time out of Cammish’s lead, but he ran out of laps and Cammish took the win.

Sutton takes over the lead of the championship by two points from Colin Turkington, who could only finish ninth. Cammish is now 13 points behind with two races remaining with Ingram fourth and Rory Butcher’s slim title hopes now over despite a fine fourth place finish.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8
2 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +0.813
3 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +3.160
4 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +6.538
5 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +7.952
6 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +9.273
7 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +10.164
8 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +13.519
9 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +18.283
10 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +19.339
11 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +21.167
12 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +21.621
13 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +23.221
14 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +23.649
15 Paul Rivett Audi S3 Saloon +31.348
16 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +31.760
17 Jack Goff VW CC +32.939
18 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +36.294
19 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +38.121
20 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +39.758
21 Brad Philpot Vauxhall Astra +42.563
22 Ethan Hammerton Audi S3 Saloon +45.018
23 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +45.798
24 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +59.266
RET Nicolas Hamilton VW CC Mechanical
RET Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 Crash
RET Glyn Geddie VW CC Crash

Image Credit: BTCC Media

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