BTCC Snetterton: Sutton snatches win from Goff on penultimate lap

Factory Team BMR Subaru driver Ash Sutton claimed his third win of the British Touring Car Championship season in race one at Snetterton after a penultimate-lap pass on Jack Goff

BTCC Snetterton: Sutton snatches win from Goff on penultimate lap

WSR BMW driver Colin Turkington stormed into the lead at the start of the race from the outside of the front row, with Eurotech Honda man Goff holding second from Sutton.

The top three gradually eased away from the chasing pack - led by Honda's Matt Neal - in the early laps, with Turkington setting the fastest lap on the third tour as he built a small margin over Goff.

But Turkington put a wheel on the grass on the approach to the Bomb Hole at half distance and spun, forfeiting the lead and dropping to the tail end of the top 10.

That left Goff and Sutton in a clear first and second, with Sutton in the rear-wheel drive Subaru Levorg whittling down Goff's advantage in the final laps.

Sutton was half a second behind as the pair started the penultimate lap, but caught Goff through the first sequence of corners and nudged the Civic Type R at the Agostini left-hander before sneaking up the inside on the run to Hamilton to snatch the lead.

Sutton pulled away from there and crossed the line 2.332 seconds clear of Goff, with victory hauling him to within two points of the championship lead. Goff still clinched a comfortable second, with the factory Honda Civic of Neal completing the podium.

Neal - who was concerned before the race about his chances of staying with the frontrunners - held a pack of cars including the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram, Rob Austin and Adam Morgan up at the start but found himself in a comfortable third in the second half of the race as all three dropped out of the fight and Turkington spun.

But Neal was quickly caught by the WSR BMW 125i M Sport of Andrew Jordan and a resurgent Jason Plato in his Subaru Levorg, and spent the last few laps defending from the pair.

Neal made a small error onto the Bentley straight on the final lap but just held on to clinch third ahead of Jordan and Plato. Jake Hill drove a clean race to claim a strong sixth in his Volkswagen CC, with Turkington recovering to seventh.

Ingram's hopes of a first podium since the Thruxton round in early May were ended when he and the Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Austin collided at Agostini after a late lunge from Austin.

Austin retired to the pits with a broken front-right wheel, while Ingram recovered to eighth.

Championship leader Gordon Shedden's reached as high as eighth on his climb through the order from a lowly 21st on the grid, but the factory Honda driver ended up 13th after a tangle on the final lap with Aiden Moffat.

RESULT - 12 LAPS

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 23m38.526s
2 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 2.332s
3 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 6.707s
4 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 6.916s
5 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 7.743s
6 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 12.145s
7 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 12.378s
8 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 19.459s
9 Rob Collard WSR BMW 22.446s
10 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 22.792s
11 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 27.396s
12 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 29.331s
13 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 30.158s
14 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 30.784s
15 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 31.217s
16 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 31.625s
17 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 31.954s
18 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 32.385s
19 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 32.782s
20 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 38.302s
21 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 41.897s
22 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 42.350s
23 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m17.532s
24 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
- Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG Retirement
- Josh Price Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota Retirement
- Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes Retirement
- Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement
- Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG Retirement
- Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda Retirement


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