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Sutton surges to victory in BTCC Snetterton race two

Sunday, July 29 2018

Reigning champion Ashley Sutton surged to his third victory of the season in the second race of the 'Diamond Double' weekend for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton.

The Subaru driver held off a late charge from Vauxhall's Josh Cook after a safety car period to claim his first win of the weekend, with Toyota man Tom Ingram slicing his way from 27th on the grid to secure a podium finish by pipping Dan Cammish on the line.

With the morning rain stopping, most the runners opted to start the race on dry tyres, despite there still being a damp surface in several sections of the track.

There was drama before the race as race one winner and pole sitter Jack Goff was forced to start from the pit lane after missing the allotted pit lane opening time, in effect handing pole to Sutton.

Sutton took full advantage of his good fortune and made a strong start to lead from Dan Cammish in the early stages, Cammish trying a move at Agostini on lap two, with Sutton fending him off. From that moment, it was Sutton's to lose, leading by over a second at the end of lap two, and increasing the margin on almost each lap.

Sutton's margin was almost five seconds at the end of lap nine, but starting lap 10, a large shunt for Rob Collard after colliding with Stephen Jelley brought out the safety car and wiped out his advantage.

Upon the restart and with the race extended to 14 laps, Sutton looked to rebuilt his lead, but it was Cook who was the man on the move, moving past Cammish before Brundle corner on lap 13 and then charging down on Sutton, with the reigning champion taking the flag by just 0.221s.

Ingram in third had a barnstorming race, carving his way through the field, and was fifth when the safety car emerged. Upon the restart he forced his way past the pink-liveried Sam Tordoff to take fourth, and then dragged to the line with Cammish, taking the final podium slot by just 0.042s!

There was drama for championship leader Colin Turkington who sustained damage on the first lap, and pitted with smoke billowing from his mangled rear wheel assembly. He rejoined several laps down to ensure the car was in good order ahead of the final race, and has a slashed championship advantage of just four points over Ingram.

The final BTCC race of the weekend is the special one-off Diamond Double, which will be an almost double length duration, will award double points and see cars run without ballast.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Snetterton race two result

1. Ashley Sutton, Subaru Levorg, 14 laps
2. Josh Cook, Vauxhall Astra, +0.221s
3. Tom Ingram, Toyota Avensis, +2.799s
4. Dan Cammish, Honda Civic Type-R, +2.841s
5. Chris Smiley, Honda Civic Type-R, +4.683s
6. Sam Tordoff, Ford Focus RS, +5.151s
7. Senna Proctor, Vauxhall Astra, +5.420s
8. Tom Oliphant, Mercedes A Class, +6.039s
9. Andrew Jordan, BMW 125i M Sport, +6.225s
10. Ant Whorton-Eales, MG6, +6.844s

Tickets for the BTCC Diamond Double are available on the gate for £34 for adults, with free admission for children aged under 13 and discounts for teenagers aged 13-15 and senior citizens aged 65+. For more information, click here.