Sutton continues championship fight with victory at Rockingham


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Ashley Sutton continued his championship defence with victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Rockingham.

The Subaru driver snatched the lead off the line and, despite two safety car periods, was unchallenged throughout the race.

Sutton finished a comfortable four seconds ahead of pole-sitter Adam Morgan to take his fourth win of the season.

After disappointment at the end of the opening race of the weekend, Tom Ingram was on a change from the back of the grid. The Speedworks racer had already made it to the tail end of the fight for points paying positions when the safety car was brought out at the end of lap one.

Once the race was green again, Ingram continued his climb, reaching 11th before the safety car was brought out again, this time to clear Michael Caine’s Volkswagen.

Ingram’s progress didn’t slow in the second half of the race. He followed Rory Butcher past Tom Chilton and Olli Jackson before passing the MG to challenge Matt Simpson. The championship challenger picked off Simpson and Chris Smiley with one move, putting him sixth and at the back end of the fight for the final step of the podium.

Mike Bushell had spent the latter stages of the race defending third from former Clio Cup rival Senna Proctor. The Clio Cup champion put up a strong defence, allowing Colin Turkington and Ingram to close onto the back of the pair. Proctor eventually found a way through, with Ingram and Turkington passing the Team HARD driver not long after.

A wide moment for Proctor allowed Ingram to close onto the back of him, before another mistake at the chicane handed the Toyota the final podium position.

Despite the lap count ticking down, Ingram didn’t stop pushing, and was catching Adam Morgan on the final lap. He managed to cut the gap down to less than a second before the chequered flag.

Proctor held onto fourth ahead of Turkington, with Smiley managing to pass Bushell late in the race to take sixth.

Butcher took his best finish since the opening round of the season in P8, with Simpson and Chilton rounding out the top 10.

Jackson, Josh Cook, Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal, and Jack Goff completed the points paying positions.

Ashley Sutton continued his championship defence with victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Rockingham.

The Subaru driver snatched the lead off the line and, despite two safety car periods, was unchallenged throughout the race.

Sutton finished a comfortable four seconds ahead of pole-sitter Adam Morgan to take his fourth win of the season.

After disappointment at the end of the opening race of the weekend, Tom Ingram was on a change from the back of the grid. The Speedworks racer had already made it to the tail end of the fight for points paying positions when the safety car was brought out at the end of lap one.

Once the race was green again, Ingram continued his climb, reaching 11th before the safety car was brought out again, this time to clear Michael Caine’s Volkswagen.

Ingram’s progress didn’t slow in the second half of the race. He followed Rory Butcher past Tom Chilton and Olli Jackson before passing the MG to challenge Matt Simpson. The championship challenger picked off Simpson and Chris Smiley with one move, putting him sixth and at the back end of the fight for the final step of the podium.

Mike Bushell had spent the latter stages of the race defending third from former Clio Cup rival Senna Proctor. The Clio Cup champion put up a strong defence, allowing Colin Turkington and Ingram to close onto the back of the pair. Proctor eventually found a way through, with Ingram and Turkington passing the Team HARD driver not long after.

A wide moment for Proctor allowed Ingram to close onto the back of him, before another mistake at the chicane handed the Toyota the final podium position.

Despite the lap count ticking down, Ingram didn’t stop pushing, and was catching Adam Morgan on the final lap. He managed to cut the gap down to less than a second before the chequered flag.

Proctor held onto fourth ahead of Turkington, with Smiley managing to pass Bushell late in the race to take sixth.

Butcher took his best finish since the opening round of the season in P8, with Simpson and Chilton rounding out the top 10.

Jackson, Josh Cook, Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal, and Jack Goff completed the points paying positions.