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Ash Sutton wins for Subaru in second BTCC race at Oulton Park

Sunday, May 21 2017

Ash Sutton claimed Subaru's first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship win of 2017 at Oulton Park today (Sunday), having passed race one winner Andrew Jordan on the second lap before fending off an attack from the BMW of Rob Collard.

At the start, the rear-wheel-drive cars of Jordan, Sutton and Collard headed the field on lap one, Matt Neal hanging on to the BMW until Cascades. With soft tyres on his Subaru and less weight, Sutton was immediately on the attack, stalking Jordan until making his move at the hairpin on lap two. Despite a squeeze from the BMW, Sutton out-dragged the leader into Knickerbrook to head the field.

Now in second place, Jordan defended from Collard, Neal, Mat Jackson, Aiden Moffat and Gordon Shedden. Collard attacked his team-mate at Lodge on lap three, but Jordan defended robustly. Behind Moffat half-spun at Cascades on the following lap, dropping down the field. Collard then repeated his move on Jordan and it stuck this time. Neal tried to follow through, but a couple of places back, Shedden passed Jackson for fifth place. Jackson then ran wide at Knickerbrook, letting Josh Cook through.

Next time through, Jordan, vulnerable at Lodge, came under attack from the Hondas, Neal and Shedden both making it through by Cascades. The reigning champion then attacked his team-mate and was through at Lodge on lap eight, the Hondas not repeating their 2011 incident this time.

Up front, Collard was charging after Sutton, who was equally urgent with his pace. The BMW closed in on the Subaru in the remaining laps, but the Subaru man had it covered, reaching the flag just over a second clear of his rival.

Behind the leading pair, Neal reclaimed third place at the end of the race, whilst Jordan hung on for fifth place to add to his earlier win. The top ten was completed by the Fords of Cook and Jackson, Rob Austin's Toyota and the VW CCs of Jake Hill and Mike Epps.

Tom Ingram's terrible luck continued, a clash at the hairpin ending in damage to his car and another retirement, whilst Colin Turkington's charge up the field netted a points finish. Passing Josh Price for 15th late on, he closed on Senna Proctor's Vauxhall and Jeff Smith's Honda, both of which were fighting for position. He passed Proctor easily, but Smith was driving a much more defensive line. At Lodge on the final lap, Proctor hit the back of the BMW, which struck Smith's Honda, sending it sideways. Proctor then ended the race facing the wrong way, losing several places in the process.

The final BTCC race of the day will take place at approx. 5.02pm. Cook will start from pole position, with Jordan alongside.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race Two
1, Ash Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg, 14 Laps
2, Rob Collard, Team BMW, BMW 125i M-Sport, +1.066s
3, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +9.795s
4, Gordon Shedden, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +10.096s
5, Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, BMW 125i M-Sport,  +10.443s
6, Josh Cook, Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport, Ford Focus, +10.863s
7, Mat Jackson, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo, Ford Focus, +12.560s
8, Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +13.196s
9, Jake Hill, TAG Racing, VW CC, 13.966s
10, Mike Epps, TAG Racing, VW CC, 14.596s

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Standings after 11 of 30 rounds
1, Gordon Shedden, 136
2, Tom Ingram, 131
3, Rob Collard, 131
4, Colin Turkington, 115
5, Matt Neal, 107
6, Ash Sutton, 99

Next week, Oulton Park hosts Family Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May. Tickets are available online for £10, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.