Sutton takes victory in Snetterton race two

by Bethonie Waring

Ashley Sutton managed mixed conditions and a safety car restart to take victory in the second British Tourign Car Championship race of the weekend.

Sutton was alone on the front row of the grid, with pole sitter Jack Goff one of a number of drivers having to start from the pit lane after missing the deadline to exit the pits.

The earlier rain had eased off, meaning most of the field had switched to the soft option tyre despite starting on a wet track.

Sutton held onto the lead off the line while Dan Cammish battled with Chris Smiley for second. The Subaru was able to break away from the fight, and set about building a gap between himself and the rest of the field before a safety car neautralised the field late in the race.

Josh Cook, who had fallen backwarsd at the start of the race, quickly joined the back of the fight for third. With Smiley focusing on defence, Cammish was allowed to pull away, but Cook soon closed the gap after reclaiming third.

The Vauxhall driver was still running third when Rob Collard span into the barriers from the back end of the field. The BMW was left stranded at the side of the track and the decision was made to pause the race, with Jason Plato already having suffered an off in the same place.

Cook quickly found a way past Cammish on the restart and spent the final two laps trying to put the pressure on Sutton. It was another last lap fight, but with Sutton on the defence this time, and once again it was the race leader at the start of the penultimate lap who took the chequered flag first.

Sutton finished just 0.221s ahead of Cook.

Behind them, Tom Ingram had enjoyed a quiet race to climb up through the field from the back of the grid. After a disappointing race one, the Toyota driver stayed out of trouble, picking off positions and climbing up to sixth by the time the race was neautralised.

Ingram passed Sam Todoff on the restart before picking off Smiley and Cammish in the final two laps to take the final podium position, albeit 2.5s behind Cook.

Cammish finished fourth ahead of Smiley and Tordoff.

Senna Proctor managed to climb up to seventh, ahead of Tom Oliphant and Andrew Jordan, with Ant Whorton-Eales completing the top 10.

Tom Chilton, Brett Smith, Aiden Moffat, Bobby Thompson, and Dan Lloyd rounded out the points paying positions.

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