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Sutton edges towards BTCC crown with race two win at Brands Hatch

Sunday, November 15 2020

Ash Sutton won a wet-dry penultimate round of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch as the Laser Tools Racing star edges closer in his quest to win a second Drivers' title.

The majority of cars went to the grid on Goodyear wet tyres before a flurry of changes shortly before the start, but it was those choosing to stick with grooved rubber that initially had the better of the contest.

BTC Racing's Tom Chilton hit the front early on after choosing to run the wets - ahead of the slick-shod Sutton - with Andy Neate surging into third in the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus.

Chilton's joy was short-lived, however, as those running the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport dry tyres were soon in the ascendancy.

Sutton scythed his way into an unassailable lead, also taking fastest lap on his way to his fifth victory of the season, whilst the other contenders all survived bruising encounters.

Toyota's Tom Ingram and Honda's Dan Cammish endured a sychronised half spin at Paddock Hill Bend on the first lap, whilst BMW's Colin Turkington was caught up in contact with BTC Racing's Josh Cook and MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square's Jake Hill shortly after mid-distance.

The title chasing trio were left to play catch up during the race and they eventually did exaclty that with Ingram taking second, ahead of Turkington and Cammish.

There was one contentious and heart-in-the-mouth moment when Team BMW's Turkington made it by Halfords Yuasa Racing's Cammish on the run-up to Druids. The Audi S3 of Paul Rivett was left stranded on-track in a separate incident, and Turkington was able to pass Cammish while taking avoiding action of Rivett's car ahead of him.

In summary, the result leaves Sutton nine points clear of Turkington, with Cammish the only other driver still in contention. Ingram's valiant title fight has come to an end but his second place again showed what a fierce competitor he is.

Motorbase Performance's Ollie Jackson had his second successive top five finish, ahead of the Ciceley Motorsport-run Mercedes of Adam Morgan. Hill survived to finish seventh.

Excelr8 Motorsport's Senna Proctor continued his day-long recovery - following his crash in qualifying yesterday - to finish eight, whilst BTC Racing's Josh Cook and Motorbase man Rory Butcher completed the top ten positions.

There was cause for celebration further down the order as Michael Crees moved into an unassailable points lead in the Jack Sears Trophy, capping off a wonderful season for the Kent driver at his home track.

2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship - Race 2 - Brands Hatch Indy

1           Ashley SUTTON (GBR)  Laser Tools Racing 24 laps
2           Tom INGRAM (GBR)  Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters  +4.762s
3           Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +9.370s
4           Colin TURKINGTON (GBR)  Team BMW +9.688s 
5          Ollie JACKSON (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +10.832s 
6           Adam MORGAN (GBR)  Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +13.422s
7           Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +14.088s
8           Senna PROCTOR (GBR)  Excelr8 Motorsport +14.418s
9           Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +14.919s
10        Rory BUTCHER (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +17.900s
11        Chris SMILEY (GBR)  Excelr8 Motorsport +22.605s 
12        Aiden MOFFAT (GBR)  Laser Tools Racing +28.823s
13        Michael CREES (GBR) The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing +33.011s
14        Sam OSBORNE (GBR)  MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +37.119s
15        Tom OLIPHANT (GBR)  Team BMW +37.712s
16        Matt NEAL (GBR)  Halfords Yuasa Racing +42.984s
17        Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +43.415s
18        Tom CHILTON (GBR)  BTC Racing +1 lap
19        Jack BUTEL (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +1 lap
20       Jack GOFF (GBR)  RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1 lap
21        Andy NEATE (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +1 lap
22        Brad PHILPOT (GBR)  Power Maxed Car Care Racing +1 lap
23        Paul RIVETT (GBR)  GKR TradePriceCars.com +1 lap
24        Ethan HAMMERTON (GBR)  GKR TradePriceCars.com +1 lap
25        Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR)  ROKiT Racing with Team HARD +3 laps
26        Glynn GEDDIE (GBR)  RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +22 laps
27         Carl BOARDLEY (GBR)  HUB Financial Solutions with Team HARD +23 laps