BTCC Croft: Ash Sutton edges Colin Turkington by 0.6s in race one

Ash Sutton took his second victory of the season in the British Touring Car Championship after a nail-biting 15 laps at Croft

BTCC Croft: Ash Sutton edges Colin Turkington by 0.6s in race one

The factory Subaru Levorg driver fended off the WSR BMW 125i M Sport of Colin Turkington by just 0.6s at the flag.

Sutton, carrying 33kg of success ballast, qualified on pole position but opted to use the less favoured harder compound Dunlop option tyres for the race. Turkington sat alongside him on the front row with softer tyres and 48kg.

Sutton reached the opening right-hander at Clervaux first and was then forced to look to his mirrors as Turkington hounded him throughout the race. The pair raced clear of the pack and, despite a last-gasp attack from Turkington at the final hairpin, Sutton held on.

"I really didn't expect to win that race," said Sutton. "We were on the tyres that we thought would be wrong for us, and I knew I had to nail the start. That was probably the best start I have made in the BTCC, and it was just when I needed it.

"Colin had more grip but I just had to concentrate on the areas where he was stronger than me and fend him off."

Turkington said he was pleased to have landed a big points score, which has moved him up to third in the standings.

"I am mindful that this was the first of three races today," said the Northern Irishman. "I tried to pressure Ash into a mistake at the end, but it didn't happen. But the car was good, and that bodes well for later on today."

Behind them, Mat Jackson raced from third on the grid to finish on the rostrum and dedicated his trophy to Motorbase Performance Ford Focus team-mate Luke Davenport, who is in an induced coma following a qualifying accident.

Rob Collard raced his WSR 125i M Sport from 11th on the grid to fourth place at the end, despite 66kg of success ballast in his car. Collard produced a final-corner pass on reigning champion Gordon Shedden (Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R) to seal the position.

Fifth for Shedden was enough for the Scotsman to maintain his slot at the top of the points standings. He is 14 clear of Collard, with Turkington 24 behind in third place.

Andrew Jordan, whose WSR 125i M Sport had been badly damaged in the multi-car qualifying accident and was only repaired at 0430hrs on Sunday morning, repaid his team by climbing to sixth.

His path had been helped when Subaru pairing James Cole and Josh Price, who collided coming out of the hairpin at the end of lap nine.

That allowed Josh Cook's Triple Eight Racing MG6 to claim seventh spot from Tom Ingram (Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis) and Tom Chilton's Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra.

Jason Plato, whose Team BMR Levorg had run in fifth place in the opening half of the opening lap before running wide at Sunny In, fought back to 10th spot. Matt Neal (Team Dynamics Civic) retired from the race on lap two with a puncture.

The second race of the day is due to begin at 14.44hrs.

RESULTS - 15 LAPS

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 21m52.260s
2 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.671s
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 8.653s
4 Rob Collard WSR BMW 11.307s
5 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 11.858s
6 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 12.984s
7 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 18.764s
8 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 19.585s
9 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 19.995s
10 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 35.408s
11 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 44.563s
12 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 45.961s
13 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 46.138s
14 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 46.265s
15 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 46.425s
16 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 47.589s
17 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 49.776s
18 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 50.297s
19 Dennis Strandberg Maximum Motorsport Ford 51.460s
20 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 51.694s
21 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 53.783s
22 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 54.217s
23 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 56.736s
- Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet Retirement
- James Cole Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes Retirement
- Josh Price Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda Retirement
- Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda Retirement
- Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG Withdrawn
- Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda Withdrawn
- Luke Davenport Motorbase Ford Withdrawn


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