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BTCC Sutton victory makes it a perfect ten during Croft BTCC thriller

Ashley Sutton stormed to his breakthrough Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory in a thrilling finale at Croft, with Colin Turkington and Rob Collard also taking wins on an exciting race day in North Yorkshire. Sutton’s success means that the BTCC boasts ten different winners from the opening 15 races of the 2016 season.

Turkington led home team-mate Jason Plato in the opener to score the first ever one-two finish for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing. It was a podium of firsts as Sutton took his maiden rostrum for MG Racing RCIB Insurance. Double champion Turkington was in command for the duration although he had to contend with the attentions of Plato, plus three safety car periods and an early attack from fellow front row starter Daniel Lloyd.

Collard claimed victory in the second contest after Subaru’s Turkington and Plato dramatically clashed while battling for the lead. The duel between Turkington and Plato provided the main storyline throughout the race, which initially seemed to favour the latter. Plato made another brilliant start and was able to sail around the outside of his team-mate into Clervaux.

Turkington hounded his Silverline Subaru BMR Racing stablemate during the early stages and regained the lead at Tower on lap four, but the battle was far from over. The pair then made contact going into the same corner at mid-distance, sending both cars sliding wide, as the West Surrey Racing duo of Goff and Collard looked on. As the Subarus straightened out it was Plato in second with Turkington now demoted to third. The incident seemed to stunt the pace and progress of both Subarus, leaving the top four places unchanged until the finish, handing Collard a well deserved victory and a landmark 50th podium in his BTCC career. Plato and Turkington completed the rostrum positions.

The first wet BTCC race since Brands Hatch in 2014 – 44 races ago – left teams scrambling for Dunlop Blu Response wet tyres prior to the start of the final encounter, although the likes of Gordon Shedden and Mat Jackson gambled unsuccessfully on slicks. Despite an early safety car intervention, the action resumed in enthralling style. He was further aided by a late safety car period, which gave Sutton two laps to make a move on the Team JCT600 with GardX BMW, and that’s exactly what he did on the penultimate tour.

A number of drivers also reached significant milestones at Croft today with a quartet of competitors having now clocked up 950 BTCC between them - Collard (400 races), Shedden (300), Rob Austin (150) and Goff (100).

Rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship now rolls on to Snetterton on 30/31 July.

2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 13
Race 1

1 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Silverline Subaru BMR Racing 29m56.374s
2 Jason PLATO (GBR) Silverline Subaru BMR Racing +1.353s
3 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +2.305s
DNF. Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing

Race 2
1 Robert COLLARD (GBR) Team JCT600 Racing with GardX 23m59.017s
2 Jason PLATO (GBR) Silverline Subaru BMR Racing +2.341s
3 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Silverline Subaru BMR Racing +5.152s
17. Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing

Race 3
1 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance 32m50.206s
2 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team JCT600 Racing with GardX +1.337s
3 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +2.284s
DNF. Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing

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Posted on 30th August 2016 at 5:42 PM

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