Ash Sutton took his second win of the season after a blistering drive through the field in round five of the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton.
He passed car after car on the quicker soft tyre, and hunted down race one winner Colin Turkington to take another win and bolster his championship defence.
Ollie Jackson had the best start flying into second place from fifth on the grid. Turkington led from the line. Glyn Geddie and Rick Parfitt collided coming onto the straight and Geddie retired with damage. Tom Chilton also retired with damage to the front of his Ciceley BMW.
By the end of lap two Sutton was sixth, passing Adam Morgan. Meanwhile Sutton’s team mate Aiden Moffat was given a five second penalty for a jump start.
Lap four and Sutton was fifth, squeezing down the inside of Stephen Jelley at the Wilson hairpin.
Next on his list was Hyundai’s Tom Ingram. The Excelr8 Hyundai was heavier than Sutton’s Infiniti and after a fierce battle Sutton boxed clever and passed Ingram.
The Wilson hairpin was again the scene of a Sutton overtake as he passed Jackson for second place.
Turkington was clear of the pack but had Sutton on the quicker tyre reeling him in.
Championship leader Jake Hill had a horror show, falling down the grid in the closing stages.
Lap nine saw Sutton finally pass Turkington into the Agostini hairpin, having been 1.3 seconds faster on the previous lap.
The battle for the final podium place was heating up in the final three laps. Ingram and Jackson fought hard, going side by side into Agostini as Ingram snuck past before losing it to Jackson again at the next corner.
Sutton took the win after a fantastic drive, with Turkington only half a second back. Jackson secured third with Ingram fourth and Rory Butcher fifth. Tom Oliphant and Stephen Jelley came home sixth and seventh respectively for Team WSR. Adam Morgan, Jack Goff and Aiden Moffat rounded off the top ten once Moffat’s penalty was applied.
|1||Ash Sutton||Infiniti Q50||Laser Tools||23:49:604|
|2||Colin Turkington||BMW 330i M Sport||Team WSR||+0.451|
|3||Ollie Jackson||Ford Focus ST||MB Motorsport||+8.603|
|4||Tom Ingram||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+8.769|
|5||Rory Butcher||Toyota Corolla||Toyota Gazoo||+10.524|
|6||Tom Oliphant||BMW 330i M Sport||Team WSR||+10.859|
|7||Stephen Jelley||BMW 330i M Sport||Team WSR||+12.065|
|8||Adam Morgan||BMW 330i M Sport||Ciceley||+13.364|
|9||Jack Goff||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+13.662|
|10||Aiden Moffat*||Infiniti Q50||Laser Tools||+16.204|
|11||Chris Smiley||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+16.228|
|12||Gordon Shedden||Honda Civic Type R||Team Dynamics||+16.577|
|13||Dan Lloyd||Vauxhall Astra||Power Maxed||+16.925|
|14||Senna Proctor||Honda Civic Type R||BTC Racing||+17.295|
|15||Josh Cook||Honda Civic Type R||BTC Racing||+18.605|
|16||Dan Rowbottom||Honda Civic Type R||Team Dynamics||+21.190|
|17||Carl Boardley||Infiniti Q50||Laser Tools||+22.534|
|18||Aron Taylor-Smith||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+26.536|
|19||Sam Osborne||Ford Focus ST||Motorbase||+26.720|
|20||Jason Plato||Vauxhall Astra||Power Maxed||+39.770|
|21||Jessica Hawkins||Ford Focus ST||Motorbase||+42.017|
|22||Jack Butel||Hyundai i30N||Excelr8||+42.534|
|23||Jade Edwards||Honda Civic Type R||BTC Racing||+42.734|
|24||Jake Hill||Ford Focus ST||MB Motorsport||+44.681|
|25||Nicholas Hamilton||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||+47.417|
|26||Sam Smelt||Toyota Corolla||Toyota Gazoo||+48.429|
|27||Rick Parfitt Jr||Hyundai i30N||Excler8||+56.019|
|RET||Tom Chilton||BMW 330i M Sport||Ciceley||Damage|
|RET||Glyn Geddie||Cupra Leon||Team HARD||Damage|
*Aiden Moffat received a five second penalty for jumping the start.