BTCC at Snetterton: Double triumph for Sutton, third season's win for Shedden
The sixth round of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship season that takes place this weekend at Snetterton Circuit marked the end of the summer break for the most popular British racing series.
Subaru driver Ashley Sutton was a star of the BTCC Snetterton weekend as he continued his winning streak which he started before the summer break with two victories in two previous rounds at Oulton Park and Croft. Today, Sutton was a double winner in the #116 Subaru Levorg GT. He won the first race after starting third on the grid and then dominated in the second race by leading from lights to flag.
Defending champion Gordon Shedden in the #52 Halfords Yuasa Honda Civic Type R has won the third race of the day following a misfortune of Andrew Jordan who was leading for ten laps before technical issue stopped his BMW.
In the first race of the day, Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff started from pole in the #31 Honda Civic Type R, sharing a front row with Colin Turkington in the WSR BMW 125i M Sport. Turkington took the lead at the start but few laps later he he spun off and dropped in the order, leaving Goff in front. Goff couldn’t hold off Sutton who made a move which put him to the lead.
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal took the last podium spot, beating Andrew Jordan’s BMW and Jason Plato’s Subaru. Jake Hill finished sixth in a TAG Racing Volkswagen CC, one place ahead of Turkington.
In the second race, Ashley Sutton started from pole and led for 14 laps before capturing his fourth win of the season. Behind his back, Colin Turkington progressed from seventh starting position, beating his teammate Rob Collard in a fight for the second place.
In the third race of the day, reverse grid draw decided that James Cole would start from pole position. He lost the lead at the start, dropping to P4 behind Andrew Jordan, Gordon Shedden and Rob Collard.
Jordan was leading unchallenged by anybody but some technical issues slowed him down on lap 10. Gordon Shedden inherited a lead and took the checkered flag as the winner after 12 laps, ahead of West Surrey Racing teammates Rob Collard and Colin Turkington.
Race 3 victory puts Gordon Shedden back to the championship lead, demoting Ashley Sutton who was the leader after two races. After 18 races, Shedden has 220 points, one more than Colin Turkington and four more than Rob Collard. Sutton retired in the third Snetterton’s race and dropped to fourth place.
The next BTCC round is scheduled for August 13 at Knockhill Racing Circuit.