Sutton soaks up late pressure to win

Ashley Sutton secured his third win of the season in race two at Snetterton, holding off a late charge from Josh Cook in his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra.

This time, the drama started even before the lights went out with race one winner and pole sitter Jack Goff not making it out of the pitlane in time, meaning he would have to start from the rear of the gird. This subsequently meant that Sutton had the front row all to himself and third place man Dan Cammish had a clear track in front of him into turn one.

However, Cammish couldn’t capitalise on this and remained second. The BTC Norlin Honda of Chris Smiley got a great start from seventh on the grid to move up to third.

Colin Turkington got contact on the opening lap and suffered broken right rear suspension acting as the catalyst for the end of his race.

Tom Ingram had a fantastic first lap moving up from twenty-seventh on the grid to twelfth, aiming to re-write the wrongs of that race one retirement. Jack Goff was also looking to regain some pride after that embarrassing situation before the race start, calving his way from the rear of the grid to seventeenth at the end of the first lap. However, race one winner Goff struggled to find many more positions as he struggled to find that pace he had earlier on in the weekend on a greasy track.

Team Speedeworks did very well to get Tom back out after the DNF in race one. Photo credit: British Touring Cars

Sam Tordoff dived up the inside of Rob Austin’s Alfa Romeo to take fifth but ran wide handing the position back to the Handy Motorsport man. However, contact with another car through Brundle and Nelson broke the rear suspension of Austin’s Alfa Romeo ending his race.

Meanwhile, Josh Cook was pilling the pressure on third-placed Chris Smiley, diving up the inside of the Northern Irishman on lap six taking the final podium spot.

Jason Plato lost the rear end of his Subaru as he turned into Riches hitting the tyre barrier. Plato managed to keep his car going, dragging it back to the garage to give his Team BMR crew the maximum time possible to repair it for the special sixty-mile double points race three.

Next up for Cook was Cammish who wasn’t quite matching the pace of race leader Sutton. Cook dived up the inside of Cammish as the pair headed into Brundle just as the safety car came out to recover Rob Collard’s BMW that had gone off and hit the tyre barrier at turn one.

Under the safety car, Cook gave the position back to Cammish to try and avoid punishment.
Dan Lloyd dived up the inside of Tordoff at the hairpin on the restart to take fifth also allowing Ingram and Senna Proctor to go through too.

Cook made the move stick that he tried when the safety car came out relegating Cammish to third, with Ingram also going passed Lloyd moving up to fourth.

Cook then chased down race leader Sutton but couldn’t find a way through with Sutton parking his Subaru right in the middle of the track, holding on for the race win.

After the race, Sutton commented, “When I saw Jason (Plato) with an incident and crawling around, I just thought please don’t let him bring out the safety car, because that was always going to make my life ten times harder and it brought Josh (Cook) right back into it.”

He continued, “In qualifying you saw our performance in the dry isn’t the strongest, but the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing guys have done a mega job with the car – the wet weather suits us to a tee but that was a harder one. I originally thought we were going to struggle to hold onto that, but I’m really pleased we did.”

Second place finisher Josh Cook admitted that he was “Thinking about the long game.” He said, “It would have been a big risk to go just for that potential win and not even a guaranteed one, I needed to play it safe and bring the points home, there’s still a few races left this season and I’ve got to try and do the business in the double points later on now.”

Speaking on the incident with Dan Cammish, Cook said, “As that safety car came out I was unsighted from the marshal post, so when I went past Dan I wasn’t one hundred percent sure whether it was a yellow flag, so I thought play it safe, give the position back and live to fight again. We got back past Dan but needed that extra lap to get past Ash (Ashley Sutton).”

Josh Cook looked very quick but just couldn’t find a way to overtake Sutton. Photo credit: British Touring Cars

Tom Ingram had a terrific drive coming home third from twenty-seventh, just getting Dan Cammish on the line. “I don’t really know where it came from to be honest” Tom said, “It was obviously frustrating in the first race to not get any points, so we were really pumped up for it – my aspirations were to just to try and break into the points, I wasn’t really expecting to get all the way to third. Obviously, the safety car played a really big role in it and that really did help us out.”

Another fantastic race for the Touring Cars, next up the sixty-mile double points race for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. There is now just four points separating Colin Turkington and Tom Ingram at the top of the standings. It’s all to play for!

By Jordan Hollands

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