BTCC Snetterton: Sutton takes lead of the standings with second win

Ash Sutton assumed the lead of the British Touring Car Championship drivers' standings with a commanding second win from as many races at Snetterton

BTCC Snetterton: Sutton takes lead of the standings with second win

Team BMR driver Sutton was never headed in Sunday's second race and crossed the line the best part of three seconds clear of WSR BMW driver Colin Turkington in his Subaru Levorg.

While he held his lead when the lights went out, Sutton was stalked closely through Riches by the fast-starting WSR BMW 125i M Sport of Andrew Jordan who had started fourth.

As Jordan followed the leader around the Wilson hairpin, Sutton's Subaru team-mate Jason Plato - who himself had climbed to third from fifth on the grid - went deeper into the corner and was alongside Jordan on the exit.

Plato hung around the outside but his front-right corner made contact with Jordan's left-rear, putting the pair onto the grass.

That allowed second-place starter Jack Goff to reclaim the position, as Jordan rejoined in third and Plato dropped into the midfield.

A safety car then neutralised the field after Stewart Lines - returning to the grid - stopped on the exit of Murrays having made contact with the MG of Josh Cook.

Sutton bolted on the subsequent restart at the end of lap four, and while Goff gave chase in the early laps he began to fall away from the leader as he came under increasing pressure from the chasing BMWs.

Sutton cantered to the finish to claim his second win at the Norfolk circuit and now has a six-point lead at the head of the drivers' standings over Turkington, who advanced from seventh on the grid.

Goff had clung on to second valiantly and survived an attack from Jordan, who dropped behind team-mates Rob Collard and Turkington as a result.

Collard was the man to eventually make Goff crack, after nudging a gap on the approach to the long right-hander of Coram and squeezed into second before Murrays, with Turkington following him through.

But Turkington ended up the best-placed of the BMWs after clearing Collard at the end of the Bentley Straight and into Nelson, with Collard suggesting he had a misfire while changing gear before the move.

Mat Jackson sliced his way through the field to claim fourth in his Motorbase Ford Focus, having also made his way past eventual fifth-place finisher Goff.

Jordan slipped back as far as seventh but fought his way back past the leading factory Honda Civic of Gordon Shedden before the flag to claim sixth ahead of the erstwhile championship leader.

James Cole finished eighth in his Team BMR Subaru Levorg, and will start the reversed-grid third race from pole.

RESULT - 14 LAPS

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 29m51.887s
2 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 2.955s
3 Rob Collard WSR BMW 3.657s
4 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 5.494s
5 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 8.166s
6 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 8.419s
7 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 8.901s
8 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 9.388s
9 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 10.792s
10 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 11.765s
11 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 12.176s
12 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 12.582s
13 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 14.196s
14 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 14.501s
15 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 14.973s
16 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 15.297s
17 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 15.708s
18 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 16.136s
19 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 19.505s
20 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 22.651s
21 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 22.981s
22 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 26.022s
23 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 26.354s
24 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 26.820s
25 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 27.230s
26 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 29.882s
27 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 32.587s
28 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m25.152s
29 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m27.008s
- Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda Retirement
- Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford Retirement


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