BTCC- Croft

Ash Sutton got his title defence underway by taking a double win at Croft. BTC Norlin’s Dan Lloyd took the final win of the day becoming the latest BTCC race winner.
Sutton claimed pole position in qualifying before dominating race one taking a lights to flag victory in the opening race before fighting his way past Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram in race two to take his second victory of the weekend. Subaru scored a one-two finish in the opening race of the weekend when Jason Plato finished in second place behind Sutton.
Sutton’s first win of the weekend was in comfort as Plato battled with BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan for almost the entire race. The latter slipped into second on the run to turn one on lap one before having to defend from Plato before he managed to nip past the BMW. Things began getting worse for Jordan in the BMW as he began struggling with his rear tyres, losing his chances of a podium after running off the track as they headed through Clervaux late in the race. This off track moment allowed Ingram to slip past onto the podium.
Sam Tordoff drove a defensive race to get his Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus in fourth by the flag. He held off the Team BMW duo of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard for the whole seventeen lap race whilst Josh Cook looked on from behind in his Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra.
Sutton, Ingram and Plato all went three wide as they headed down to Clervaux at the start of race two, when the dust finally settled it was Ingram who led the pack. Plato was handed a drive through penalty after being judged to have jumped the start. Sutton managed to slip back past Ingram as the two headed through the Hairpin on the second tour of the Yorkshire circuit. After all the early entertainment in the race it was Sutton who led to the flag with Ingram following and Turkington rounding out the podium. Tordoff settled for fourth.
BTC Norlin’s Dan Lloyd went on to win the final race of the day. Not only was it the Yorkshireman’s first ever win in the BTCC championship, the win was made even sweeter for Lloyd as it was at his home track. This was the first step of success for the BTC Norlin Racing team. Tom Chilton took second in his Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher after firing his Ford Focus off the line from fourth to second. Power Maxed TAG Racing’s Senna Proctor took third place.
After leaving Croft, Colin Turkington remains in the lead of the overall Drivers’ championship after he secured three top five finishes over the weekend. BMW hold their advantage in the Manufacturers and Teams’ title fights. Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport lead the Independent drivers’ and teams’ titles. Dan Lloyd took a clean sweep of wins in the Jack Sears Trophy but Dan Cammish still leads the way.
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship now enters its five week mid season break, it will return to action on the 28/29th July at Snetteron, located in Norfolk.
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 13 – Croft Circuit
1.Ashley SUTTON -Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
2.Jason PLATO – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
3.Tom INGRAM – Speedworks Motorsport
4.Sam TORDOFF – Team GardX Racing with Motorbase
5.Colin TURKINGTON – Team BMW
6.Rob COLLARD – Team BMW
7.Josh COOK – Power Maxed TAG Racing
8.Dan LLOYD – BTC Norlin Racing
9.Matt NEAL – Halfords Yuasa Racing
10.Andrew JORDAN – BMW Pirtek Racing
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 14 – Croft Circuit
1.Ashley SUTTON – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
2.Tom INGRAM – Speedworks Motorsport
3.Colin TURKINGTON – Team BMW
4.Sam TORDOFF – Team GardX Racing with Motorbase
5.Andrew JORDAN – BMW Pirtek Racing
6.Tom CHILTON – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher
7.Matt NEAL – Halfords Yuasa Racing
8.Senna PROCTOR – Power Maxed TAG Racing
9.Dan LLOYD – BTC Norlin Racing
10.Rory BUTCHER – AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 15 – Croft Circuit
1.Dan LLOYD – BTC Norlin Racing
2.Tom CHILTON – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher
3.Senna PROCTOR – Power Maxed TAG Racing
4.Matt NEAL – Halfords Yuasa Racing
5.Colin TURKINGTON – Team BMW
6.Andrew JORDAN – BMW Pirtek Racing
7.Ashley SUTTON – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
8.Sam TORDOFF – Team GardX Racing with Motorbase
9.Tom INGRAM – Speedworks Motorsport
10.Dan CAMMISH – Halfords Yuasa Racing
Penalties:
Weekend:
– Adrian Flux Subaru Racing has had 10 points deducted from the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Championships having changed an engine above the number permitted
– BTC Norlin Racing has had 10 points deducted from the Teams’ Championships having changed an engine above the number permitted
Qualifying:
– Matt Simpson was verbally warned for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety or departing from the standard of a reasonably competent driver
Race 1:
– Josh Price received a verbal warning for an incident involving Aiden Moffat
Race 2:
– Rory Butcher was officially reprimanded and received two penalty points for an incident involving James Cole
Race 3:
– Tom Oliphant was penalised by the addition of 9.5 seconds to his race time for gaining an unfair advantage. This does not count as a strike
– Ash Sutton was penalised by the addition of one second to his race time for gaining an unfair advantage. This does not count as a strike

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