BTCC: Sutton extends championship lead with Race 2 victory

Ashley Sutton has edged closer to winning the 2020 BTCC season after taking the win in Race 2 at Brands Hatch and extending his championship lead.

With conditions improving and the sun-shining at the beginning of the second race, Dan Cammish was on pole with Sutton starting in second.

The start of the race was chaotic, with Tom Ingram going wide at the first corner and dropping down to 12th position, whilst Tom Chilton got off to a flying start and moved into the race lead ahead of Sutton and Cammish.

With the track still wet in places, some drivers started on wet tyres, with others choosing to start on slicks, which ultimately was the right call as the race progressed.

Another driver who benefitted from the race start was Motorbase Performance driver Andy Neate, who carved through the field from 18th and into third.

As the race progressed, Chilton’s lead began to shrink as Sutton closed the gap, with 1.100s separating the two drivers at the start of lap eight.

Ingram began to claw his way back up the leaderboard after his trip into the gravel on the first lap, moving up to eighth place.

Sutton took the race lead on lap nine, moving ahead of Chilton’s Honda Civic through Surtees.

On the same lap, Ingram continued his progression through the field, getting ahead of Colin Turkington to take sixth position.

Lap 12 saw a number of cars scrapping for position, with the BMW of Tom Oliphant spinning off at Graham Hill Bend and dropping down the order.

On the 13th lap of the race, Turkington picked up a piece of debris in his wheel-arch, but luckily for the 38-year-old there was no significant damage to his BMW and he was able to continue the race without it causing too many issues.

Ingram then moved through to second place on lap 16, overtaking Cammish and continuing a great recovery.

With six laps remaining, Sutton held a controlling lead with a gap of 7s to Ingram, who was being closely followed by Cammish just 1.3s behind.

There was a scary moment on lap 23, Paul Rivett spun on the exit of the first corner and was sat in the middle of the track, and was narrowly avoided by the oncoming cars.

During the chaos, Turkington moved ahead of Cammish at Druids, but there was a question as to whether this was under yellow flags.

At the time of writing this, Turkington has been handed a time penalty for gaining an advantage under yellow flags.

Sutton crossed the line on lap 24 to take the victory of Round 26, 4.7s ahead of Ingram in second, and with Turkington’s penalty, Cammish was elevated to third place.

Turkington dropped to fourth place with his penalty, followed by Ollie Jackson in fifth and Adam Morgan in sixth.

Jake Hill ended the race in seventh, with Senna Proctor bringing his Hyundai home in eighth.

BTC Racing driver Josh Cook finished in ninth, ahead of Rory Butcher in 10th.

Debutant Brad Philpot ended his second BTCC race in 22nd.

With one race left to go in the BTCC season, Sutton extends his lead over Turkington to 11 points, with Cammish now 20 points behind the top spot.