Sutton’s fourth victory of 2017 ensures he takes the BTCC series lead
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Ashley Sutton took the flag for his second win in as many races at Snetterton in the British Touring Car Championship to take the lead in the standings ahead of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard. Sutton, who struggling hugely at the beginning of the season with balance issues now finds himself leading the standings with Northern Irishman Turkington second and Shedden third.
It was a much more routine victory for Sutton who dominated throughout as all the action occurred behind him. Teammate Plato did not fare the same as Sutton as he was involved in the first incident in the race as he found himself pushed out onto the grass on the exit of turn 3, dropping the double champion down to 14th.
However lap 2 and the safety car was deployed as returnee Steward Lines crashed into the barriers at the final turn, clashing with Josh Cook in the meantime. At the end of the first lap it was Sutton who lead followed by Goff, Jordan, Collard, Turkington, Jackson, Neal, Hill, Shedden and Ingram.
Three laps later and the green flags were flying once more, in which Sutton got the perfect restart away from second placed Goff. Goff’s teammate was also involved, though not in the way he would have hoped as he retired for the second race in succession at the exit of Palmer.
As the race developed it became apparent that Goff was a rolling chicane for those behind him, as Sutton drove away into the distance. Goff drove a great defensive race however a slight slight at the hairpin allowed Collard and Turkington past Jordan, who then made short work of the Eurotech driver at the Bomb Hole.
Jordan then dropped a further two places a lap later as both Shedden and Jackson made their way past the Pirtek BMW driver.
At the front though it was a dominant display by Sutton who took his fourth win of 2017, ahead of title rivals Turkington and Collard. Jackson finished a strong fourth ahead of Goff, Jordan, Shedden, Cole, Neal as Ingram rounded out the top 10.