Sutton seals second Snetterton win for Subaru

Sutton leads away at the start (Photo by Marc Waller)Ash Sutton has made it two wins out of two so far at Snetterton with a lights to flag victory.

After fighting his way to his first win of the day, this time Sutton lead from the start and then just drove away from the rest of the field in a dominant display.

The only time his lead looked under threat was when Goff’s Honda and Jordan’s BMW challenged him at Riches just after the start. Once he held them off, the win was his, Sutton explained his race;

“We’re in some real rhythm at the minute and I’m really enjoying it,” enthused Sutton. “The car’s phenomenal. We made some changes between races and if anything, it was better than it was in race one. It always helps when there’s a lot of squabbling going on behind but I’m so focused on what’s going on ahead – forget the mirrors and crack on!

It’d be a push to do it again in race three. The soft tyre isn’t as strong as everyone was expecting it to be here, and with full ballast it’ll be a real challenge but I’m up for it.

Considering where we were at the end of Brands (and the opening three rounds) I’ll take where we are now! It’s just about being consistent now and it’ll only get harder from here on in.”

Once Goff and Jordan lost touch with Sutton, they found themselves under pressure from the chasing pack which eventually swallowed them up sending them down the order. Jordan had also had a run in with Plato’s Subaru on the first lap, sending Plato into a spin and out of any chance of a good result. Josh Cook and Stewart Lines then went off in their MG and Ford Focus respectively.

This caused a safety car period while Lines stranded Ford was recovered. It was Collard and Turkington who were the big movers this time, powering up the field to end up in a battle for second place between them. Turkington came out on top of that one, taking him along the Bentley straight on the twelfth lap. Collard then had to defend from Mat Jackson who had also now passed Jordan and Goff. Turkington was pleased to have successfully passed team mate Collard;

“It’s always a lot more difficult trying to pass your team-mate!” said Turkington. “Both Andy [Jordan] and Rob [Collard] were quick at the start but I got the sense later on that they were starting to struggle; I was getting it turned in a little better. Side-by-side through the Esses is probably not advised but as a driver you’re just hungry to get as high up as you can.”

Goff couldnt hold off the BMWs of Turkington and Collard (Photo by Marc Waller) BMW took a two three finish (Photo by Marc Waller) Sutton celebrates a second win of the weekend (Photo by Marc Waller) Turkington made up for his race one mistake (Photo by Marc Waller) The only showers falling at Snetterton today were from Champagne (Photo by Marc Waller)

 

 

 

Goff and Jordan then managed to hang on to fifth and sixth respectively ahead of a charging Shedden, trying to make up for a difficult qualifying with his ballast for being championship leader. Seventh was a great result and became even better when the Scotsman was drawn second on the reverse grid for race three. It looked like being team mate Neal in eighth but James Cole’s Subaru took the place on the final lap, giving Cole the race three reverse grid pole.

This left Matt Neal in Ninth ahead of Tom Ingram. Jake Hill took more points with eleventh in his VW CC ahead of Tom Chilton’s Vauxhall Astra, Ollie Jackson’s AMD Audi and Rob Austin’s Handy Motorsport Toyota completing the points scorers.

2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 17 – Snetterton

1 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 14 laps
2 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +2.955s
3 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +3.657s
4 Mat JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +5.494s
5 Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing +8.166s
6 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +8.419s
7 Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +8.901s
8 James COLE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +9.388s
9 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +10.792s
10 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +11.765s
11 Jake HILL (GBR) TAG Racing +12.176s
12 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +12.582s
13 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +14.196s
14 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts +14.501s
15 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +14.973s
16 Will BURNS (GBR) Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing +15.297s
17 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +15.708s
18 Michael EPPS (GBR) Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing +16.136s
19 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +19.505s
20 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +22.651s
21 Ant WHORTON-EALES (GBR) AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts +22.981s
22 Martin DEPPER (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +26.022s
23 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +26.354s
24 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +26.820s
25 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +27.230s
26 Josh PRICE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +29.882s
27 Aron TAYLOR-SMITH (IRL) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +32.587s
28 Josh COOK (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +1m25.152s
29 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +1m27.008s
DNF Brett SMITH (GBR) Eurotech Racing +10 laps
DNF Stewart LINES (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +14 laps By Marc Waller

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