Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Ashley Sutton took the win in the second BTCC race of the weekend at Oulton Park after producing a fantastic drive aboard his Subaru Levorg.
On the green flag lap of the race Adam Morgan’s Mercedes unfortunately looked to catch fire so was unable to take the start or participate any further in the weekend.
BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan maintained the lead of the race from pole position once he got off the line. Fellow front row starter Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal was overtaken by the rear wheel drive machines of Ashley Sutton and Team BMW’s Rob Collard. Jordan was carrying maximum success ballast after winning the opening race. The Pirtek backed racer was unable to hang on for long, Sutton slid his car down the inside of the BMW at Island Hairpin before completing the move at Hislops on lap two.
Sutton immediately began opening up a big lead at the head of the race. Collard managed to pass his BMW stablemate to get through into second. Jordan was then tag-teamed by the two Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda’s in the hands of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden. Neal edged inside of Jordan across the start/finish line as Shedden went round the outside into Old Hall Corner. When the dust settled it was Matt Neal in third place ahead of his teammate Shedden in fourth.
Jordan held on to fifth at the flag. The two Fords in the hands of Josh Cook and Mat Jackson battled behind, Cook got by Jackson when the latter straight lined the chicane. Cook was rewarded post race when he was selected to be on pole position for the final race of the day.
Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin and TAG Racing’s Jake Hill continued their battle in eighth and ninth ahead of Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing’s Michael Epps in tenth.
Shedden has taken the lead of the championship after Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram’s weekend went from bad to worse with another DNF in race two.
2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 11 – Oulton Park
1 Ashley SUTTON – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – 14 laps
2 Rob COLLARD – Team BMW – +1.066s
3 Matt NEAL – Halfords Yuasa Racing – +9.795s
4 Gordon SHEDDEN – Halfords Yuasa Racing – +10.096s
5 Andrew JORDAN – BMW Pirtek Racing – +10.443s
6 Josh COOK – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport – +10.863s
7 Mat JACKSON – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo – +12.560s
8 Rob AUSTIN – Handy Motorsport – +13.196s
9 Jake HILL – TAG Racing – +13.966s
10 Michael EPPS – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing – +14.596s
11 Jason PLATO – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – +14.765s
12 Aron TAYLOR-SMITH – MG Racing RCIB Insurance – +15.943s
13 Colin TURKINGTON – Team BMW – +21.590s
14 Aiden MOFFAT – Laser Tools Racing – +22.040s
15 Josh PRICE – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – +22.195s
16 Jack GOFF – Eurotech Racing – +22.607s
17 Luke DAVENPORT – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo – +22.968s
18 Senna PROCTOR – Power Maxed Racing – +23.309s
19 Dave NEWSHAM – BTC Norlin Racing – +24.547s
20 Martin DEPPER – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo – +25.174s
21 Jeff SMITH – Eurotech Racing – +25.481s
22 Daniel LLOYD – MG Racing RCIB Insurance – +25.678s
23 Stephen JELLEY – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport – +26.711s
24 Tom CHILTON – Power Maxed Racing – +27.018s
25 Matt SIMPSON – Simpson Racing – +27.814s
26 Ollie JACKSON – AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts – +28.249s
27 Chris SMILEY – BTC Norlin Racing – +30.618s
28 Ant WHORTON-EALES – AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts – +1 lap
29 Will BURNS – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing – +2 laps
DNF Tom INGRAM – Speedworks Motorsport – +7 laps
DNF James COLE – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – +8 laps
DNF Adam MORGAN – Ciceley Motorsport
Photo Credit; btcc.net
©Fay Tilley 21st May 2017