Triple Eight MG's Ashley Sutton has secured his first ever British Touring Car Championship victory after seizing the lead with less than two laps to go during a treacherous finale at Croft.

The BTCC rookie had already stepped onto the podium for the first time in the series in race two but Sutton went one step further thanks to a last gasp move on West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff.

As the rain slowly began to intensify, Tordoff held his pole position off the line ahead Tom Ingram and the fast starting Jack Goff squirmed his way up into third.

Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson, who started the race third, threw caution to the wind and opted to run slick tyres in the hope of the rain abating. It didn't, and along with Gordon Shedden, the gamble on dry tyres failed to pay off.

So much so, that Jackson, whilst scrambling for grip, collided with Aiden Moffat, putting them both out of the race which triggered an early safety car period.

That safety car phase negated the gap Tordoff established back towards Ingram, who in turn had Subaru's Colin Turkington all over the rear of his Speedworks Avensis.

Turkington already moved himself into contention with a magnificent move around the outside of Goff while defending from MG's Ashley Sutton at the same time.

However, it was Triple Eight's Sutton was the man on the move after the restart and quickly despatched Ingram for second position - setting the fastest lap in the process.

Tordoff immediately responded by setting his personal best of the race only for Sutton to trump that with yet another fastest lap.

A final safety car drew closer Sutton ever closer to the race leader, creating an enthralling two-lap showdown for the victory.

Given the way in which Sutton closed on Tordoff prior to the safety car, it came of little surprise to see the MG scythe past the BMW going into Sunny In.

A slight wobble from Tordoff on the entry of the right hander was enough to give Sutton the race winning impetus before the MG racer eventually stretched away to a 1.3 second advantage as they crossed the line.

Tordoff and Ingram completed the remainder of the podium while Rob Collard moved up into fourth during the dying stages of the race ahead of Andrew Jordan and Josh Cook in fifth and sixth.

Subaru's Turkington eventually dropped to seventh having held fourth for much of the race while Aron Smith, Jack Goff and Jason Plato completed the remaining top-ten positions.

 

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