Ash Sutton took the win in a thrilling final race of the day at Thruxton. The weather was a factor with rain stopping and starting again meaning tyre strategies were needed.
Pre-race Josh Cook and Tom Ingram were handed 30 second penalties for not having their tyres on their cars in time.
While most of the front were on wets, Tom Oliphant gambled on slicks, meaning he fell down the order at the start. Sutton took second from him with Stephen Jelley led.
Sutton overtook Jelley at the Complex on lap two while Cook and Ingram served their penalties in the pitlane.
Jason Plato and Aiden Moffat had a nice battle for fourth until Moffat pulled off the road with a mechanical issue on lap seven.
On lap six the weather stopped and the drivers on slick tyres were starting to come good. Jake Hill and Oliphant started to surge through the field with Oliphant coming from 18th.
Dan Cammish and Dan Rowbottom pitted for slicks to try and capitalize on the changing weather but it was the wrong call.
Hill’s resurgence continued as he passed Plato for third. Tom Oliphant was given a five second penalty for not being in his grid slot correctly.
On lap nine Hill was five seconds faster than leader Sutton, and was in second place closing down the leader. By lap ten he was in the lead.
But just as Hill took the lead it started to rain again, with the pendulum swinging back into Sutton’s favour. The reigning champion regained his lead with ease on lap 14.
On lap 15 Plato moved into third, but further back Carl Boardley and rookie Rick Parfitt collided at the Complex. Parfitt resumed but Boardley drove into the path of Rory Butcher while recovering and both collided and were out of the race.
Sutton won but there was a mad dash to the line between Plato, Hill, and Gordon Shedden. Plato had the better exit and stole second place on the line.
Shedden finished fourth, Plato’s team mate Dan Lloyd made it a good race for Power Maxed Racing with fifth. WSR duo Turkington and Oliphant took sixth and seventh. Jack Goff, Ollie Jackson and Stephen Jelley rounded off the top ten.
Jake Hill leads the championship after this weekend’s racing by a point from Josh Cook with Jason Plato in third a few points behind.
|1||Ash Sutton||Laser Tools||Infiniti Q50||22:47:671|
|2||Jason Plato||Power Maxed||Vauxhall Astra||+4.789|
|3||Jake Hill||MB Motorsport||Ford Focus||+4.859|
|4||Gordon Shedden||Halfords Racing||Honda Civic||+5.025|
|5||Dan Lloyd||Power Maxed||Vuaxhall Astra||+9.927|
|6||Colin Turkington||Team WSR||BMW 330i M||+10.105|
|7||Tom Oliphant||Team WSR||BMW 330i M||+13.212|
|8||Jack Goff||Team HARD||Cupra Leon||+14.014|
|9||Ollie Jackson||MB Motorsport||Ford Focus||+16.377|
|10||Stephen Jelley||Team WSR||BMW 330i M||+18.713|
|11||Aron Taylor-Smith||Team HARD||Cupra Leon||+21.321|
|12||Sam Osborne||Motorbase||Ford Focus||+24.962|
|13||Tom Chilton||Ciceley||BMW 330i M||+25.188|
|14||Sam Smelt||Toyota Gazoo||Toyota Corolla||+25.722|
|15||Chris Smiley||Excelr8||Hyundai i30N||+38.847|
|16||Rick Parfitt||Excelr8||Hyundai i30N||+40.064|
|17||Nicholas Hamilton||Team HARD||Cupra Leon||+52.655|
|18||Adam Morgan||Ciceley||BMW 330i M||+55.339|
|19||Jack Butel||Excelr8||Hyundai i30N||+1:04.841|
|20||Josh Cook||BTC Racing||Honda Civic||+1 Lap|
|21||Dan Rowbottom||Halfords Racing||Honda Civic||+1 Lap|
|22||Tom Ingram||Excelr8||Hyundai i30N||+1 Lap|
|23||Dan Cammish||BTC Racing||Honda Civic||+1 Lap|
|24||Carl Boardley||Laser Tools||Infiniti Q50||+2 Laps|
|25||Rory Butcher||Toyota Gazoo||Toyota Corolla||+2 Laps|
|DNF||Aiden Moffat||Laser Tools||Infiniti Q50||Mechanical|
|DNF||Jade Edwards||BTC Racing||Honda Civic||Damage|
|DNS||Glyn Geddie||Team HARD||Cupra Leon||Damage|
|DNS||Andy Neate||Motorbase||Ford Focus||Damage|