Ash Sutton Takes Oulton Park Race Two Victory for BMR

Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
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Before the race stated, Adam Morgan’s weekend got worse with a fire under the bonnet putting him out of the race. The race would be reduced to 14 laps.

At the start, Jordan flew off the line and Matt Neal lost two places, Ash Sutton jumped into 2nd and Rob Collard jumped up to 3rd. Whilst Jordan got away well on the first lap, Sutton was able to close the gap and take the lead on lap 2.

Sutton was optimising the soft tyres whilst they were alive, and was building a gap to Andrew Jordan, who was already enduring pressure from Collard his teammate. At the start of lap 4, Jordan was still closing the door and Matt Neal in 5th was coming into play. Further back in the top ten, Aiden Moffat nearly lost the car and fell back to 15th. At the final corner, Collard dived up the inside of Jordan and started to chase Ash Sutton ahead, who had built up a 3-second lead.

On lap 5, Mat Jackson made a mistake that dropped him from 5th to 7th. It was a dramatic image at the start of lap 6, with both Honda Yuasa’s eating up Jordan, they were three-abreast heading down the hill, and both Neal and Shedden got through for 3rd and 4th.

Ash Sutton was continuing to build a lead over Collard, the gap at 3.5s until lap 8, where Collard found eight-tenths over Sutton. Tom Ingram’s race weekend was essentially over, his car pulled off the circuit after damage sustained a lap earlier. It meant that Shedden would probably end up ahead in the Championship lead, and at almost the exact time of Ingram’s retirement, Neal let Shedden through for 3rd.

By lap 10, Andrew Jordan was having to defend from Josh Cook, who was having a great weekend and fighting for 5th. At the front, the gap was just under two-seconds with two laps to go. Sutton’s softer tyres seemed to be holding well, but Collard was still eating the gap to the leader by a tenth-per-sector, but was quickly running out of laps.

Further back, Turkington was having another race in which he climbed the order. From 28th, he was in the points and up to 15th.

Ash Sutton crossed the line with a one-second gap to Rob Collard in 2nd. Matt Neal was able to reclaim 3rd from Gordon Shedden, Andrew Jordan was 5th, which wasn’t a bad result given the full ballast on the car. Josh Cook had an excellent race and finished 6th, with Mat Jackson having his best weekend so far this season with 7th. Rob Austin secured 8th, with Jake Hill 9th and Mike Epps rounding out the top 10.

It’s also worth noting that Jason Plato finished 11th, after what has been a very testing season. His Levorg hasn’t been right since a big shunt at Brands, but the car is clearly getting there and he’s starting to close in on the top ten.

It was a dramatic finished further back, with Turkington hitting Jeff Smith after contact from Senna Proctor, who ended up finishing the race pirouetting after getting bumped himself by Moffat.

Ash Sutton was also able to set the fastest lap of the race despite 57kg of success ballast being onboard. Gordon Shedden was now leading the Championship by five points to Ingram and Collard, who were both on 131 points.

 

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