BTCC: Sutton stars to take victory in Race 3

Ash Sutton capped off a strong weekend to win the final race of the day at Donington on Sunday, ahead of the Hyundai of Chris Smiley.

It was Ollie Jackson in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus that got off to a great start, passing pole-sitter Smiley for the lead into Turn 1, but Sutton once again worked his way up the order, having started eighth on the grid.

The Laser Tools Racing driver passed the Honda of Dan Cammish for sixth on lap three of 17, after Cammish’s move on Stephen Jelley failed to pay off, and on the same lap Sutton got past Jelley going into the final chicane to move up to fifth.

With clear air in front, Sutton started closing down the top four and was up with the leading trio by lap six.

Smiley managed to get past Jackson for the lead a lap later, with BTC Racing’s Josh Cook also managing to make it through for third.

That move meant that Jackson, Adam Morgan and Sutton went through Coppice three-wide with Sutton managing to pass both cars with a magnificent move to move up to third.

The biggest loser of the move was Jackson, who lost both positions and ended up in fifth.

Cook was Sutton’s next victim on lap nine when he made a pass through the final chicane, and on the following lap he managed to get side-by-side with Smiley coming out of Coppice and managed to edge ahead on the back straight, securing the lead of the race.

From there on, Sutton couldn’t be caught and went on to win the race by 2.280s, proving he will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Smiley crossed the line second, while Josh Cook got his first podium of the season in third.

Morgan finished the race fourth in his Mercedes-Benz A class, while Jackson finished fifth, 1.366s further back.

Tom Ingram managed to fend off the Honda’s of Dan Cammish and Matt Neal to secure sixth, and the BMW pair of Tom Oliphant and Colin Turkington had a quiet race, finishing ninth and 10th respectively.

Despite finishing 10th in the final race, Turkington leaves Donington leading the championship with 46 points, six ahead of Cammish in second.

Sutton’s victory in the final race leaves him third in the standings, tied with Rory Butcher, with bot drivers accumulating 37 points.