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BTCC Knockhill: Hill holds on under Sutton pressure 

Jake Hill soaked up massive pressure from Ash Sutton to claim his second victory of the British Touring Car Championship’s visit to Knockhill. 

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Hill led from start to finish and used his pole position to build up an early advantage at the wheel of his West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330e M Sport while Sutton worked his way through from sixth on the grid. 

The three-time champion was up to third within the first few corners, before the race went under a brief safety car – Jade Edwards had been edged wide as she ran side by side with Sam Osborne on the run out of McIntyres, and slewed across the road to make gentle contact with the chicane barrier. 

Hill was assisted by second-placed team-mate Stephen Jelley, whose restart was so sluggish that the gap as they crossed the start-finish line was already 1.575 seconds. 

Sutton got ahead of Jelley at the exit of McIntyres on the first lap after the restart, but the gap to Hill was 2.289s by the end of the lap. 

Now Sutton got to work in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST, chiselling away at the gap and setting the fastest lap in the process. By half-distance Hill’s advantage was less than one second, and with seven laps remaining Hill was having to defend the inside line at the hairpin. 

The battle brought back memories of the duo’s thrilling exploits at the circuit in 2022, and on the 24th lap of 26 Sutton drew to the outside at McIntyres. He did the same at the hairpin, but Hill clung on. 

Sutton made one final bid at the hairpin on the final lap but fell short by 0.374s. 

“Me and Ash just thought we’d repeat last year, it was so good,” joked Hill. 

“The car’s not the fastest thing out there, but it’s been going very well, although my tyres were just killing themselves by the end to be honest.” 

Jelley dropped back to a distant and very lonely third, almost 12s adrift of Hill, while the chaos from race one that left many of the regular leading runners at the back of the grid allowed some others to shine. 

Andrew Watson struggled from the front row in the early laps in his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra, and it was team-mate Aron Taylor-Smith who came through to head the entertaining battle for fourth, albeit almost 19s off victor Hill. 

The Irishman headed home Dan Lloyd, who made good progress from 10th on the grid in his Team Hard Cupra Leon, the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla of Ricky Collard, and Ronan Pearson in his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N. 

Scotsman Pearson was drawn on reversed-grid pole position for the day’s final race. 

That will be to the chagrin of Josh Cook, who put in a brilliant drive from 24th at the start to claim eighth in his One Motorsport Honda Civic Type R but missed out on the reversed grid. 

Cook passed Watson on the final lap, while reigning champion Tom Ingram fought through from 26th on the grid to 10th in his Excelr8 Hyundai. 

Dan Cammish (Motorbase Ford) and Colin Turkington (WSR BMW) were battling for 13th on the penultimate lap when contact put both out. 

Knockhill BTCC race two result

 
 
       
Driver Info
 
 
 
   
Cla Driver # Car Laps Time Interval km/h Retirement Points
1 United Kingdom J. Hill Jake Hill Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport   BMW 330e M Sport 26 23'48.509   83.01   20
2 United Kingdom A. Sutton Ashley Sutton NAPA Racing UK   Ford Focus ST 26 +0.374 0.374 82.99   17
3 United Kingdom S. Jelley Stephen Jelley Team BMW   BMW 330e M Sport 26 +11.946 11.572 82.32   15
4 Ireland A. Taylor-Smith Aron Taylor-Smith CarStore Power Maxed Racing   Vauxhall Astra 26 +18.881 6.935 81.93   13
5 United Kingdom D. Lloyd Daniel Lloyd Autobrite Direct with Millers Oils   Cupra León 26 +19.616 0.735 81.89   11
6 United Kingdom R. Collard Ricky Collard Toyota Gazoo Racing UK   Toyota Corolla GR Sport 26 +21.441 1.825 81.78   10
7
R. Pearson Ronan Pearson BRISTOL STREET MOTORS with EXCELR8
  Hyundai i30N 26 +21.711 0.270 81.77   9
8 United Kingdom J. Cook Josh Cook One Motorsport with Starline Racing   Honda Civic Type R 26 +22.171 0.460 81.74   8
9 United Kingdom A. Watson Andrew Watson CarStore Power Maxed Racing   Vauxhall Astra 26 +22.912 0.741 81.70   7
10 United Kingdom T. Ingram Tom Ingram BRISTOL STREET MOTORS with EXCELR8   Hyundai i30N 26 +23.771 0.859 81.65   6
11
G. Gamble George Gamble Toyota Gazoo Racing UK
  Toyota Corolla GR Sport 26 +26.969 3.198 81.47   5
12
M. Doble Mikey Doble CarStore Power Maxed Racing
  Vauxhall Astra 26 +30.098 3.129 81.30   4
13
D. Patterson Dexter Patterson Re.Beverages and Bartercard with Team HARD.
  Cupra León 26 +32.015 1.917 81.19   3
14 United Kingdom R. Huff Rob Huff Go-Fix with Autoaid Breakdown   Cupra León 26 +33.464 1.449 81.11   2
15 United Kingdom R. Butcher Rory Butcher Toyota Gazoo Racing UK   Toyota Corolla GR Sport 26 +33.687 0.223 81.10   1
16 United Kingdom T. Chilton Tom Chilton BRISTOL STREET MOTORS with EXCELR8   Hyundai i30N 26 +33.883 0.196 81.09    
17 United Kingdom S. Osborne Sam Osborne NAPA Racing UK   Ford Focus ST 26 +34.218 0.335 81.07    
18
M. Crees Michael Crees BRISTOL STREET MOTORS with EXCELR8
  Cupra León 26 +37.677 3.459 80.88    
19 United Kingdom A. Moffat Aiden Moffat One Motorsport with Starline Racing   Honda Civic Type R 26 +38.495 0.818 80.83    
20
J. Butel Jack Butel Go-Fix with Autoaid Breakdown
  Cupra León 26 +40.853 2.358 80.70    
21
N. Halstead Nick Halstead BRISTOL STREET MOTORS with EXCELR8
  Hyundai i30N 26 +45.275 4.422 80.46    
22
D. De Daryl De Re.Beverages and Bartercard with Team HARD.
  Cupra León 26 +51.878 6.603 80.10    
23 United Kingdom D. Rowbottom Daniel Rowbottom NAPA Racing UK   Ford Focus ST 25 +1 Lap 1 Lap 77.72    
dnf United Kingdom D. Cammish Dan Cammish NAPA Racing UK   Ford Focus ST 24 +2 Laps 1 Lap 81.09 Retirement  
dnf United Kingdom C. Turkington Colin Turkington Team BMW   BMW 330e M Sport 24 +2 Laps 0.713 81.05 Retirement  
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J. Edwards Jade Edwards Re.Beverages and Bartercard with Team HARD.
  Cupra León 21 +5 Laps 3 Laps 79.18 Retirement  
dnf United Kingdom A. Morgan Adam Morgan Team BMW   BMW 330e M Sport 21 +5 Laps 4'24.148 64.98 Retirement  

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