BTCC Thruxton – Sutton wins rollercoaster rain-affected final race

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.

Jake Hill is the championship leader leaving Thruxton. (Image Credit: BTCC Media)

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.

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
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
Retirements
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

 

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