BTCC Croft: Colin Turkington beats Ash Sutton to race two victory

Colin Turkington took his 12th career win at Croft in the second race of the British Touring Car Championship meeting at the North Yorkshire venue this weekend

BTCC Croft: Colin Turkington beats Ash Sutton to race two victory

The WSR BMW 125i M Sport driver made a great getaway from second on the grid to beat Ash Sutton, who had taken victory in the day's opener, to the first corner.

Subaru Levorg GT driver Sutton came back at Turkington coming around the next turn, Hawthorn, but as the pair tried to go side-by-side through the chicane, Sutton skipped through the run-off area and sealed the position.

Sutton kept the pressure on Turkington throughout, but the 75kg of success ballast on his car meant he dropped back in the latter stages and came under attack from the second BMW of Rob Collard.

But when Collard slipped and ran wide at the Jim Clark Esses with two laps to go, the top three positions were settled.

Turkington, who was carrying 66kg of success ballast after finishing second in race one, said: "Wins are never easy to come by in this championship and I had to work hard for that one.

"[But] the race was won at the start really.

"I could see Collard coming up behind Ash and I hoped he had the pace to trouble him.

"It was only in the latter part of the race I was able to get away."

Sutton was mystified by a loss of pace over the latter part of the race, particularly during the last two laps where he dropped well back.

"It was like someone had flicked a switch in my car at the end of the race," he said.

"We need to look at the set up. But I still can't understand how I went into the chicane ahead and then came out of it behind Colin [after he'd gone up the escape road]."

Turkington's victory was the 50th by the WSR team when running BMW cars.

Behind the top three, Gordon Shedden had a lonely run to fourth from fifth on the grid, fitted with the less favourable harder tyres and 48kg of success ballast.

But it was enough for him to retain his championship lead.

Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato fought a mighty duel over fifth place, with Jordan just able to maintain the advantage to the flag.

Mat Jackson, who was also on the harder tyres, slipped from third on the grid to finish in seventh place while carrying 57kg of ballast.

He headed the battling Toyotas and Audis of Rob Austin and Ollie Jackson, while Martin Depper rounded out the top 10.

Matt Neal started from the back in race two in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R after contact and a puncture ruled him out of the opener.

Despite a collision with a tyre stack midway through race home, he came home to finish in 18th spot.

Ollie Jackson has been drawn on pole position for the final race of the weekend.

RESULTS - 15 LAPS

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 21m48.750s
2 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 2.445s
3 Rob Collard WSR BMW 2.890s
4 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 14.954s
5 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 17.864s
6 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 18.029s
7 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 21.310s
8 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 22.523s
9 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 23.920s
10 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 24.265s
11 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 31.860s
12 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 32.554s
13 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 33.990s
14 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 34.220s
15 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 34.241s
16 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 35.987s
17 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 43.802s
18 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 44.032s
19 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 44.367s
20 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 45.046s
21 Dennis Strandberg Maximum Motorsport Ford 45.553s
22 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 48.899s
23 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m12.163s
24 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1 Lap
- Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement
- Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement
- Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford Retirement
- Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Retirement
- Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Retirement

RACE THREE STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi
2 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford
4 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru
5 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW
6 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda
7 Rob Collard WSR BMW
8 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru
9 Colin Turkington WSR BMW
10 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford
11 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi
12 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen
13 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall
14 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes
15 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes
16 James Cole Team BMR Subaru
17 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda
18 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda
19 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet
20 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet
21 Dennis Strandberg Maximum Motorsport Ford
22 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda
23 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG
24 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru
25 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen
26 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen
27 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford
28 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota
29 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall

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