Ash Sutton charged his way to a second 2020 victory at the eighth round of the British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park Island.
Following Josh Cook’s exclusion from Race 1 after failing post-race ride height checks, he started at the back of the field with the utmost success ballast at 60 Kg.
At the start, Butcher repeated his strong getaway and lead ahead of Dan Cammish’s FK8 Honda Civic Type R with Colin Turkington into P3 behind the leading duo.
Sutton began his charge up the field with a pass on Jake Hill’s FK2 Civic Type R for P5 after a brief nose-to-tail moment. By the end of lap 3, Sutton had made four places from his P8 grid spot.
Also by lap 3, Cook made up seven places to slot himself into P19.
Ingram went door-to-door on Tom Chilton and took the FK8 Civic Type R at the Island Bend Hairpin.
During his attack on Cammish’s P2, Turkington was taken by Sutton on lap 5, and Sutton continued by taking P2 off Cammish.
Butcher’s Ford Focus was the fastest car on the track, but Sutton took a 1 second gap out of Butcher’s lead on their following lap.
On lap 8, Butcher ran wide at the first corner so Sutton made his move for P1. A gap of up to 1.5s was established in the following laps.
Tom Oliphant continued his own charge as he took Adam Morgan Mercedes’ for P8 after he gained better traction in his quicker rear-wheel drive BMW at the exit of Island.
Cook’s efforts were undone on lap 14, following an incident into Hizzy’s Chicane with Chris Smiley and Michael Crees. He continued after his minor head-on touch with the tyre barrier, eventually finishing in P21.
By the last lap, it was clear the front-wheel drive (FWD) runners’ worn-out tyres did not have the traction in comparison to the rear-wheel drive (RWD) competitors’ better traction in what were drying conditions.
Sutton took a dominant drive to win in his RWD Infiniti, and a second one for the new car for this year. He secured the win by a 4.7s margin over P2, having gained a total of seven places.
Behind was Butcher, the fastest and highest finisher of the FWD cars in the field.
Turkington took the third step of the podium, followed by Cammish.
Ingram in his Toyota Corolla finished ahead of Turkington’s teammate, Oliphant, both taking P5 and P6.
Jake Hill in his FK2 Civic Type R took P7 ahead of Chilton’s newer FK8 Civic Type R.
The final two spots in the top-10 were rounded off by Morgan and Bobby Thompson, as the latter driver failed to qualify ahead of the first race earlier in the day.