BTCC Brands Hatch – Ash Sutton wins 2020 BTCC title

Ash Sutton won his second British Touring Car Championship title as he finished sixth and did enough to take the title from Colin Turkington.

Rory Butcher won the final round of the 2020 championship with Tom Ingram and Jake Hill rounding off the podium in a rainy third race on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

The Scotsman took the lead and never lost it as he passed Aiden Moffat and Chris Smiley off the grid. Dan Cammish passed Sutton on the first lap to keep his slim title chances alive.

On lap four Stephen Jelley went off at Druids after a collision with Andy Neate, meaning both ended the season in retirement.

Cammish was driving quickly in his Dynamics Honda as he made a double move on Moffat and Ollie Jackson into Clearways. Meanwhile Turkington was passed by Ingram, who no longer could win the title so was free to race without that added pressure.

Lap 12 and Sutton was on the back of Turkington, but having lost points back at Croft for making a silly overtake, Sutton learned his lesson and was content to sit behind Turkington.

Up front Jake Hill and Josh Cook collided at Clearways, both losing positions with Cook coming off worse, falling from second to sixth. Adam Morgan, in his final race in the Mercedes A Class as Ciceley prepare to bring in a new car for 2021, was passed by Ingram. He was then tapped by Cammish as he made a clumsy move down the inside at Druids.

Hill recovered from his tap with Cook to pass Cammish into third place, while Sutton finally passed Turkington into Paddock after seven laps sat on the BMW’s gearbox.

Sutton then repeated this move as he passed Cook into Paddock for sixth place where he would finish, with Moffat passing Turkington too to compound the BMW driver’s misery.

Butcher cruised to the win in the end, with Ingram and Hill rounding off the podium. Cammish, Morgan, Sutton, Cook, Moffat, Turkington and Ollie Jackson rounded off the top ten.

Sutton took the title, adding to his 2017 triumph to become a double title winner in a hard fought campaign which went all the way to the 30th and final race of this truncated season.

It’s the first time the ToCA provided engine has won the title outright, and Sutton’s Laser Tools Racing is an independent outfit, which only makes Sutton’s victory all the more impressive.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST
2 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +1.522
3 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +7.679
4 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +9.984
5 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +10.521
6 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +12.038
7 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +14.094
8 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +16.133
9 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +17.320
10 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +18.431
11 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +18.764
12 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +19.008
13 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +19.217
14 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +20.935
15 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +31.358
16 Jack Goff VW CC +35.780
17 Paul Rivett Audi S3 Saloon +36.679
18 Glyn Geddie VW CC +38.623
19 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +39.743
20 Nicolas Hamilton VW CC +45.302
21 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +46.119
22 Brad Philpot Vauxhall Astra +47.175
23 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +54.671
24 Ethan Hammerton Audi S3 Saloon +3 Laps
Retirements
RET Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 Mechanical
RET Andy Neate Ford Focus ST Damage
RET Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport Crash

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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

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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
Retirements
RET Nicolas Hamilton VW CC Mechanical
RET Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 Crash
RET Glyn Geddie VW CC Crash

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BTCC Snetterton – Jackson wins frenetic final race

Ollie Jackson won his second race of the season in the third and final race at Snetterton.

Jackson pulled off an amazing first lap move and took the win from Adam Morgan and Colin Turkington profited from Ingram and Butcher colliding on the final corner on the final lap to take third.

Morgan had an incredible start as he flew into the lead. However he wasn’t in front for long as Ollie Jackson pulled off an incredible move around the outside to take the lead. There was slight drama as Josh Cook and Dan Cammish collided, neither seemed to lose out too much. Cook’s Honda suffered significant damage to the left front but was still running.

Lap two saw Sam Osborne retire in dramatic fashion as he went off onto the grass. His Honda Civic hit a dip and his splitter dug in and ripped the front of the car off.

Jackson’s team mate Rory Butcher was trying to take second from Morgan as it all sparked into action on lap five as Sutton dove down the inside of Chris Smiley, he couldn’t make the move stick and it opened the door to Tom Ingram, who snuck up the inside to take fourth.

There was a group of ten cars all fighting close and swapping positions. Turkington profited most from this battle as he managed to get to the front of the pack and take fifth place. Smiley the loser as he was hit by Cammish and spun off.

The trio up front were all racing close and charging hard. Jackson was soaking up plenty of pressure from Morgan while Butcher hung on his coattails.

Ingram caught up to the leading pack, trying to get onto the podium to keep his slim title hopes alive. He went to pass Butcher and looked to have had it done, but Butcher couldn’t stop as he was put onto the grass, and hit Ingram.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST
2 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +0.217
3 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +4.472
4 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +6.312
5 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +8.195
6 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +9.194
7 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +9.782
8 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +9.934
9 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +13.758
10 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +14.167
11 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +16.544
12 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +17.561
13 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +20.891
14 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +21.443
15 Glyn Geddie VW CC +28.737
16 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +29.716
17 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +30.859
18 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +34.649
19 Jack Goff VW CC +35.046
20 Jessica Hawkins Vauxhall Astra +40.032
21 Paul Rivett Audi S3 Saloon +40.322
22 Ethan Hammerton Audi S3 Saloon +44.761
23 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +47.177
24 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +50.883
Retirements
RET Andy Neate Ford Focus ST Mechanical
RET Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 Crash

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BTCC Snetterton – Turkington survives late safety car to retake championship lead

Colin Turkington survived a late safety car to take his second win of the day and move into the lead of the championship. Tom Ingram was second with Ash Sutton third.

Jake Hill was swamped at the start and lost places to Sutton, Butcher and Cammish on the start.

Ollie Jackson had an impressive start, making up ten places by the end of lap one to sit 11th.

While Turkington was pulling away as his tyres warmed up, the battle was between the other four title protagonists. Ingram, Butcher, Sutton and Cammish were all bumper to bumper for the majority of the race.

Turkington was pulling away, as he did in race one. Building up a three second lead. However his lead was extinguished as Jack Goff crashed on the exit of turn one and brought out the safety car with just one lap to go.

It was a one lap shootout once the safety car went in. Butcher mistimed his braking and collided with Ingram. This sent the Toyota wide and Sutton managed to sneak up the inside of Butcher. Ingram maintained second with Sutton taking third.

Turkington held on for the win as the others fought behind him. Ingram second with Sutton third and Butcher fourth. Jake Hill gazumped Cammish for fifth with a pass in the final few corners, with Josh Cook and Adam Morgan in seventh and eighth and Ollie Jackson’s remarkable drive rewarded him with ninth place. The top ten was rounded off by Chris Smiley in the Excelr8 Hyundai.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport
2 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +1.763
3 Ash Sutton Infiniti  Q50 +1.914
4 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +3.547
5 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +3.742
6 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +3.789
7 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +4.714
8 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +4.987
9 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +4.993
10 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +5.355
11 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +5.989
12 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +6.712
13 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +7.578
14 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +8.193
15 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +9.060
16 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +9.577
17 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +10.747
18 Glyn Geddie VW CC +10.913
19 Ethan Hammerton Audi S3 Saloon +11.583
20 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz  A Class +12.176
21 Jessica Hawkins Vauxhall Astra +12.588
22 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +12.861
23 Paul Rivett Audi S3 Saloon +29.398
24 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +34.317
25 Nicolas Hamilton VW CC +1 Lap
26 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +3 Laps
Retirements
RET Jack Goff VW CC Crash

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BTCC Snetterton – Turkington wins to keep title fight alive

Colin Turkington drew level at the top of the British Touring Car Championship standings with a win in the first race at Snetterton.

The Northern Irishman cruised to victory in his BMW while Tom Ingram and Jake Hill rounded off the podium after a terrific tussle between the pair.

Turkington’s team mate Tom Oliphant was in the wars at the start. A collision between him, Ash Sutton, and Ollie Jackson saw Oliphant and Jackson take to the grass. Olihpant recovered for 14th with Jackson finishing 21st.

The only threat to Turkington’s lead came when Ingram tried to dive down the inside at the hairpin before the backstraight. It didn’t work and Turkington managed to pull away.

Ingram had to contend with the Honda of Hill, who was hot on the heels of the Toyota driver.

The main title protagonists were all at the front of the grid, with Rory Butcher and Dan Cammish eager to keep their title hopes alive. They fought for fourth and fifth.

While Turkington pulled away Ingram and Hill collided on lap six. Hill dove down the inside of Ingram and tipped him into a half spin. Ingram recovered and Hill gave Ingram the place back, fearing a reprimand from the stewards.

Turkington won the race, with Ingram two and a half seconds behind in second. HIll took third with Butcher, Sutton and Cammish all close behind.

Adam Morgan finished an impressive seventh in his Mercedes A Class, with Josh Cook, Senna Proctor and Michael Crees rounding off the top ten.

There were two new drivers this weekend, with four time Clio Cup champion Paul Rivett finishing 19th. He’s deputising for the injured Bobby Thompson in the Audi. Power Maxed Racing’s latest driver was W Series racer and stunt driver Jessica Hawkins. She finished 22nd with 45kg of new driver ballast on her Astra.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport
2 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +2.570
3 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +3.949
4 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +5.135
5 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +7.125
6 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +8.916
7 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +9.415
8 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +14.668
9 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +21.105
10 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +25.165
11 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +26.205
12 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +26.968
13 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +27.199
14 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +29.603
15 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +30.274
16 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +32.531
17 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +33.342
18 Jack Goff VW CC +33.532
19 Paul Rivett Audi S3 Saloon +37.581
20 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +40.103
21 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +46.232
22 Jessica Hawkins Vauxhall Astra +51.869
23 Nicolas Hamilton VW CC +55.861
24 Ethan Hammerton Audi S3 Saloon +1:08.252
25 Glynn Geddie VW CC +1:21.761
26 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +1:49.522
27 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +1 Lap

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BTCC Croft – Ingram takes win from Cammish as Turkington struggles

Tom Ingram boosted his title credentials with a win in round 21 of the British Touring Car Championship at Croft. He held off Honda’s Dan Cammish as title contender Colin Turkington had another nightmare race.

Dubbed the ‘King of Croft’, Turkington’s retirement in race two was compounded with a driveshaft issue on lap one. He pitted and rejoined five laps down on the leaders. Scoring no points and falling to third in the title race.

Ingram rocketed from third on the grid past Cammish at turn one, and past Tom Chilton by the end of lap one. Stephen Jelley had a spin in his BMW 125i at turn two.

On lap three the safety car was out as Bobby Thompson’s impressive weekend ended in a horror smash as he got put onto the grass and his car dug in and rolled over multiple times. Thankfully he was unhurt.

On the restart Cammish was fighting Chilton, with both Honda Civic FK8’s struggling with brake temperature issues. The discs were glowing as they were pushing hard. Cammish finally got past him on lap 13 and set about hounding down Ingram.

Ash Sutton, who started 20th after suffering a puncture in race two, was up to sixth, with Tom Oliphant in his way. He got past him and was fighting Matt Neal for fourth.

Cammish was on the tail of Ingram coming into the final lap. Ingram did all he could to keep the Honda behind and held on to take the win. Cammish finished three tenths behind. Chilton rounded off the podium with Neal and Sutton having a drag race over the line. Neal took fourth by 17 thousandths of a second.

Ash Sutton has the championship lead by seven points from Cammish with Turkington in third as the title race hots up going into the final six races of the season at Snetterton and Brands Hatch.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla
2 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +0.278
3 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +5.001
4 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +6.453
5 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +6.472
6 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +7.129
7 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +8.099
8 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +8.548
9 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +10.235
10 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +10.435
11 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +10.894
12 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +11.438
13 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +13.535
14 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +16.681
15 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +16.825
16 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +17.677
17 Mike Bushell VW CC +18.639
18 Jack Goff VW CC +18.975
19 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +25.669
20 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +29.487
21 Nicolas Hamilton VW CC +31.497
22 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +1:22.945
23 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +4 Laps
Retirements
DNF Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon Crash
DNF Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 Mechanical

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BTCC Croft – Josh Cook takes win as Neal penalised – title contenders hit trouble

Josh Cook took his second win of the weekend as Matt Neal was given a 0.7 second penalty for hitting Cook on the final lap.

Cook had led all race but Neal had more pace, and his move three corners from the end was judged to have been gaining an advantage by the stewards, and so the places were reversed.

Meanwhile the two title contenders had a race to forget. Colin Turkington locked up at the start going into turn one and put it in the wall. Ash Sutton had a golden chance to capitalize but made a rash move on Jake Hill on lap seven and suffered a puncture, finishing 20th and out the points.

Hill was holding Sutton off, and the Infiniti driver dove down the inside at the final hairpin. Sutton made contact and punctured his tyre, but he’d gone past the pits before realising his tyre had punctured.

With the two title protagonists stricken, Tom Ingram and Dan Cammish both picked up good points to close the gap.

Towards the end of the race Neal had bags of pace. He passed Hill into second and was soon on the back of Cook. He closed the three second gap in a matter of laps and by the end of lap 14 he was on the back of his fellow Honda Civic driver.

On lap 16, Cook was holding Neal off, with an extra 60kg of ballast on his car, but Neal dove down the inside into the final section of the lap. He tapped Cook on the inside and nearly tipped him into a spin. He passed Cook and finished first on the road but the stewards swapped the positions.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Josh Cook Honda CIvic Type R FK8
2 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +0.700*
3 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +1.164
4 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +1.616
5 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +5.202
6 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +8.693
7 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +8.875
8 Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon +9.489
9 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +14.573
10 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +15.473
11 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +17.396
12 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +19.052
13 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +22.835
14 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +22.976
15 Mike Bushell VW CC +23.269
16 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +27.980
17 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +28.900
18 Jack Goff VW CC +31.145
19 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +46.635
20 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +1 Lap
21 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +4 Laps
Retirements
DNF Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST Crash
DNF Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport Crash
DNS Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport
DNS Nicolas Hamilton VW CC

*Matt Neal received a 0.7 second penalty for causing a collision.

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BTCC Croft – Josh Cook takes win from Jake Hill and Colin Turkington

Josh Cook took his second win of the season at Croft in the British Touring Car Championship with Jake Hill second and title contender Colin Turkington third.

Power Maxed Racing’s entry Jac Constable was set to make his first ever BTCC appearance but had to pull out before the race as he felt unwell.

Cook led from lights to flag despite pressure from Hill. Ash Sutton recovered from a first lap spin to finish fifth. He was promoted to fourth as Butcher received a penalty for the spin.

Coming into the final complex, Sutton was tapped by Rory Butcher and spun, falling to 11th. Hill got close to Cook on the end of lap one, but didn’t get another chance to take the lead.

Bobby Thompson, who qualified an impressive fifth, had some slight damage concerns as his wheel was rubbing on some bodywork, but it fixed itself and he powered on.

Tom Ingram and Senna Proctor were both disqualified from qualifying yesterday for ride height issues, and both started to fly through the field. Ingram fought back to 13th with Proctor finishing 18th.

Sutton’s favoured move throughout the race was to dummy into the final hairpin and dive down the inside. He did it to three drivers before finding veteran Tom Chilton a little harder to pass. He finally did it on lap 13 and finished fifth.

Jack Butel retired from the race for his first DNF of his BTCC career. Nic Hamilton and Sam Osborne also failed to finish.

Cook took the win but as is a common theme this season Sutton takes the plaudits for his surge through the field. Sutton and Turkington are now tied at the top of the standings.

Pos Driver Car Interval
1 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8
2 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +0.653
3 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +3.573
4 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +10.348
5 Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST +10.592*
6 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +13.245
7 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +13.436
8 Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon +16.909
9 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +17.248
10 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +17.663
11 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +17.890
12 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +21.148
13 Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla +21.553
14 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST +23.441
15 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +23.748
16 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +25.347
17 Jack Goff VW CC +27.187
18 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +27.663
19 Mike Bushell VW CC +28.220
20 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +40.219
21 Andy Neate Ford Focus ST +55.454
22 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 +1 Lap
Retirements
DNF Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class Crash
DNF Nicolas Hamilton VW CC Mechanical
DNF Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 Mechanical

*Rory Butcher received 2 second penalty for causing a collision.

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BTCC Silverstone – Jackson takes maiden win in shortened race

Ollie Jackson took his maiden BTCC win in a shortened race three at Silverstone following a horror smash from Jackson’s team mate Rory Butcher.

The Ford Focus crashed on lap six of the original race and brought out the red flag. Jackson held his nerve despite pressure from Tom Oliphant and a resurgent Ash Sutton to take the win.

Jackson took the lead into Copse. Butcher had the best start and flew up to ninth by the end of lap one.

Andy Neate and Jade Edwards continued their on track scrap as Neate didn’t give Edwards enough room. Neate was put into the wall as Edwards drove away.

Tom Ingram also went off as he was squeezed at Luffield and span off.

On lap six the red flag was brought out as Butcher was spun and hit the wall in a massive shunt. His car was destroyed and thankfully Rory was okay and walked away.

On the restart Jackson led again, with Oliphant fighting hard, with the pair colliding into Brooklands, but thankfully no damage was done.

Sutton was flying, starting 14th on the restarted grid, he was up into sixth by lap six, fighting the top five in what was a frenetic race.

Oliphant made a move into Copse and briefly held the lead but Jackson maintained his composure and took it back again.

Senna Proctor had another solid race, and made an impressive triple pass into Becketts. He passed former team mates Tom Chilton and Josh Cook, as well as Aiden Moffat.

On the penultimate lap Sutton was on the tail of Jackson and Oliphant. He managed to pass the BMW but Jackson was just beyond his reach.

But Sutton now leads the championship again as the teams leave Silverstone. Another three brilliant races, and the championship battle is wide open.

Pos Grid Driver Car Interval
1 1 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST
2 14 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 +0.312
3 2 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport +0.576
4 9 Dan Cammish Honda Civic Type R FK8 +1.130
5 6 Adam Morgan Mercedes Benz A Class +3.827
6 10 Senna Proctor Hyundai i30N +3.947
7 4 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R FK8 +4.238
8 5 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 +4.472
9 11 Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type R FK8 +4.599
10 8 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport +4.911
11 7 Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R FK8 +5.453
12 12 Bobby Thompson Audi S3 Saloon +6.191
13 16 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N +7.178
14 18 Carl Boardley BMW 125i M Sport +7.241
15 3 Jake Hill Honda Civic Type R FK2 +10.661
16 17 Jack Goff VW CC +10.838
17 22 Jack Butel Mercedes Benz A Class +11.030
18 15 Stephen Jelley BMW 125i M Sport +11.328
19 20 Tom Onslow-Cole VW CC +12.921
20 13 Sam Osborne Honda Civic Type R FK2 +14.645
21 23 Nicolas Hamilton VW CC +23.487
DNF 24 Jade Edwards Vauxhall Astra Mechanical
DNF 19 James Gornall Audi S3 Saloon Mechanical
DNF 21 Michael Crees Honda Civic Type R FK8 Mechanical
DNF N/A Andy Neate Ford Focus ST Crash
DNF N/A Rory Butcher Ford Focus ST Crash
DNF N/A Tom Ingram Toyota Corolla Crash

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