Ashley Sutton takes Subaru’s first win of the year
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Ashley Sutton has won the second race of the day at Oulton Park in the British Touring Car Championship, and the first for a Subaru driver this season. The 23-year-old started well, moving into second after starting third past Matt Neal before taking leader Andrew Jordan on lap 2 at Hislop’s.
The race was shortened by a lap though as trouble began before the race had started for Adam Morgan. As the local driver entered the first corner, a suspected fuel line ruptured with his car subsequently bursting into flames. Luckily Morgan escapes unharmed however the race was delayed while the car was moved and the circuit cleared.
Once the race did start it was Jordan who got the best getaway, leading comfortably into the first corner, as Sutton took Neal for second before Collard also overtook the Honda driver for third going through Denton’s.
Although it looked as though Jordan was getting away Sutton was on a charge and was quickly on the tail of the BMW Pirtek Racing driver and on lap 2 he made his move, executing the switchback perfectly before outbraking the Race 1 winner into Hislop’s. From there Sutton never looked back as those behind him squabbled for positions.
Jordan was able to keep hold of his second for two more laps, before Collard found a way past his teammate. It went from bad to worse for Jordan though as both Honda drivers, Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden slide past at Old Hall and Denton’s respectively, dropping Jordan to fifth.
Matt Jackson was sitting comfortably in sixth at this stage and looked as though he was the next to pounce before he outbraked himself at Hislop’s running over the grass and losing a position to Josh Cook, who instead started chasing down Jordan.
At this point the top 5 settled down into their races, other than the Honda duo trading places on lap 6, with all the action coming from the mid pack. It all started on lap 8 when series leader Tom Ingram was involved in a three car collision along with James Cole and Will Burns at the Island Hairpin. It resulted in Cole retiring on the spot with Burns struggling back to the pits as Ingram retired a lap later. It has been a truly awful day for the former leading, which dropped him to second behind Shedden in the standings.
Once more the order calmed as battles ensured however one driver making his way through the field from the back was Colin Turkington, who by the end of the race had made his way to thirteenth place. This was after a final corner clash which saw Vauxhall’s Senna Proctor run into the back of Turkington who in turn hit Jeff Smith. The end result left Smith spinning out of the points and Moffat colliding with Proctor, leaving the rookie crossing the line backwards.
However at the front it was Sutton who won with Collard second and Neal third, after Shedden let him back past on the last lap. Jordan held onto fifth with Cook sixth as Jackson, Austin, Hill and Epps rounded out the top 10.