BTCC: Sutton claims consecutive win in Race 2

Ash Sutton charged to another victory in Round 11 of the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill.

Ahead of the second race of the day, Sutton and Turkington swapped success ballasts with Sutton on 54 Kg and Turkington on 60 Kg.

Jack Goff, who was unable to start Race 1 due to an engine-related electrical problem on the out-lap, joined on the back of the grid for 25th.

Josh Cook, was also able to start the race after a suspected puncture in Race 1 sent him into the tyre barrier before the chicane.

Predictably, both Sutton and Turkington started strongly as they fought side-by-side into the Seat Curves.

Tom Ingram of the #80 Toyota GAZOO Racing with Ginsters’ Corolla made a move on the outside of Jake Hill’s FK2 Civic Type R for third position.

Cook and the BTC Racing team faced further bad luck as he was pushed onto the gravel trap at turn three by Butel, after going three-wide.

The first of two safety car periods were deployed to recover the stranded Honda, which was pulled by the marshalls back onto the circuit and retired from the race.

The race continued on the third lap, as Rory Butcher and Dan Cammish battled together for fifth.

However, his fight was short lived when he went off at the gravel trap (turn three) after attempting to force his way past Hill at the Seat Curves.

Matt Neal was awarded a 10-second time penalty for a false start.

By lap seven, the top three (Sutton, Turkington, and Ingram) and their jostle were joined by Dan Cammish.

The rear-wheel drive Infiniti and BMW edged away as Ingram was set to defend off Cammish in their rear-wheel drive hatchbacks.

The safety car was deployed on lap 13 when Andy Neate went off at the same gravel traps as Cook and Butcher went off earlier.

The field was closed together and returned to green flag racing at the end of lap 16.

Turkington, in second position, set about his defence from Ingram behind.

For the remainder of the race, Ingram was focused on defending the final podium spot from Cammish, with Neal (on-track position of fifth, but carried a 10-second time penalty), Tom Oliphant and Aiden Moffat behind.

Sutton took a comfortable second win for this weekend, as Turkington finished in second position again.

Three second behind, was Ingram to take the team’s second podium finish of the 2020 season.

In fourth was Cammish, followed by Moffat, Oliphant and Chilton.

Hill struggled with a 48 Kg ballast onboard to fall from third at the start, to finish in eighth.

Chris Smiley in the Hyundai i30N secured ninth ahead of Butcher who rounded the top-10 finishers in his Ford Focus ST.