Subaru's Ashley Sutton has strengthened his new found grip on the British Touring Car Championship lead after dominating the second race at Rockingham.

The Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver scored his sixth victory of the 2017 campaign after leading every lap of the second encounter.

Despite leading away from pole position, James Cole's stint at the front lasted just a matter of metres as Sutton swooped around the outside of his Subaru team mate at the Deene Hairpin.

Sutton had initially dropped to third behind Eurotech Racing's Jack Goff after making a poor getaway. However, the championship leader seized the high ground at Deene Hairpin to snatch a decisive lead.

However, before Sutton could stretch away at the front, an early safety car was needed whilst the marshals recovered Gordon Shedden's stricken Honda Civic Type-R. A second successive retirement for the reigning champion has dealt a severe hammer blow to his title credentials.

Once the safety car peeled off on lap seven, Sutton rapidly re-established a comfortable cushion at the head of the field as attentions turned to the battle for second position.

Enjoying a resurgence in form, MG's Josh Cook held the position on the restart, but the Triple Eight driver very quickly came under increasing pressure from Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson.

As the battle between the pair intensified, Honda's Matt Neal briefly became a factor in the podium order as contact between Cook and Jackson allowed the three-time champion up into third - albeit for a short space of time.

Neal's charge quickly faded, however, as further contact between himself and MG's Cook at the Deene Hairpin handed second position to Jackson.

Jackson eventually prevailed for his first podium of the day in second position, but only after resisting a late-race charge from Team BMW's Colin Turkington in third.

Subaru's Jason Plato was another to move up the order late in the game to fourth, ahead of Eurotech's Goff and the Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan in fifth and sixth.

Having suffered a poor showing in qualifying yesterday, BMW Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan has finally moved himself back into race winning contention as seventh place has earned the 2013 champion the reverse grid pole position for race three.

Team BMW's Rob Collard followed his 1 Series stablemate in eighth position, while Chris Smiley and Tom Ingram completed the remainder of the top-ten in ninth and tenth.





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