Ashley Sutton Leads MG One-Two In Silverstone BTCC Opener


Ashley Sutton took a feisty victory from pole position to lead an MG one-two in the opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Silverstone.

The Triple Eight driver fought his way past the fast-starting Tom Ingram in a hard-fought opening 22-lap encounter at the national circuit, team-mate Josh Cook slipping to fourth initially but following home his team-mate for the first MG one-two since Brands Hatch GP 2014.

Sutton lost out from pole to the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Ingram when the lights went out, but it took just seven laps before the places were reversed as the former stuck the nose of his MG6 GT inside at Luffield.

Cook meanwhile dispatched of Andrew Jordan‘s Ford Focus ST at Copse on lap four of the race, before turning his attentions to the lead duo.

Last year’s Jack Sears Trophy champion made a bold move on Ingram’s Avensis on lap 12 heading into Luffield, the tap demoting the latter to third before the lead duo briefly came into contact at the same complex shortly afterwards.

Alarm bells from the contact were quashed as Sutton was unchallenged from then on his way to a second win of the season, Triple Eight earning a one-two ahead of Ingram, Jordan and the impressive Handy Motorsport Avensis of Rob Austin.

Adam Morgan was next up for Mercedes on the softer tyre, Jake Hill making it three Toyotas in the top 10 after surviving contact with championship contender, Matt Neal, at Luffield on lap 12.

A puncture was the consequence for the latter’s Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R, while Aron Smith (Volkswagen) and the charging Rob Collard and Colin Turkington rounded out the top 10.

Collard surged from 24th to ninth, surviving contact with Aiden Moffat and Martin Depper at Copse on lap 13 in an incident that left the latter retiring as the front-left wheel departed his Civic. Turkington meanwhile started 29th, evading drama to finish as top Subaru Levorg.

Sam Tordoff extended his championship lead despite a lowly race, finishing 13th for West Surrey Racing while Gordon Shedden’s race was ruined by a front-left puncture.