Sutton weaves his way through Donnington carnage to take points lead

Ashley Sutton for Subaru BMR Racing came out on top after Donnington after avoiding multiple crashes and despite getting a win this season. Colin Turkington for BMW Racing took to the front of the field after pole position on Saturday by six tenths of a second and wins in races one and two while Tom Ingram took Toyota’s new Corollas first win in race three.

Race one saw a huge incident unfold down at the old harpin with Andrew Jordan being tipped into a spin by Vauxhall’s Rob Collard, this turned Jordan across the track into the field which collected; Jelly, Simpson, Jackson, Hill and Adam Morgan’s Mercedes. After a long safety car period the race restarted on lap eight which then saw Nic Hamilton spinning into the pit entry which caused the second safety car of the day. A few other minor collisions during the race didn’t see the safety car redeployed with Colin Turkington untroubled out front with the top ten in race one of the day looking like this:
1. Turkington
2. Sutton
3. Oliphant
4. Neal
5. Ingram
6. Cammish
7. Smiley
8. Chilton
9. Plato
10. Collard
Race two saw it being similar up front for Colin Turkington who lead the whole race in his fully ballasted BMW 3Series, another two safety cars appeared in this race as was the first, on the first lap Mark Blundell and Sam Osbourne came together before the final chicane, as they came together and slide across the track and grass luckily not collecting anyone else. The second safety car was for Chris Smiley who collided with Jack Goff and slide down the hill into a gravel trap with broken right rear suspension. Neal moved up into second place and Sutton took third place. Ingram finished in tenth place and was drawn for the race three pole alongside Jake Hill.
1. Turkington
2. Neal
3. Sutton
4. Chilton
5. Butcher
6. Plato
7. Collard
8. Cook
9. Hill
10. Ingram
Race three saw Tom Ingram and Toyota GB take their first win as a team with a comfortable lights to flag victory ahead of Rob Collard on his first podium for Vauxhall PMR racing and a battling Josh Cook in third place. 4,000 guest s turned up to see the Toyota team and what a treat they got as the team had a front running weekend, great qualifying and a win in the final race of the day keeping Ingram in the points race. It was a terrible race three for team HARD as they lost three of the four VW CC’s that they had on the grid on lap one as two of them went off in dramatic style crashing heavily into the barriers as the third of Jack Goff spun across the track and collected Nic Hamilton twice. The front remained unchanged as only Hill dropped back with Cook and Butcher making moves up the grid.
1. Ingram
2. Collard
3. Cook
4. Butcher
5. Sutton
6. Hill
7. Plato
8. Morgan
9. Turkington
10. Cammish
The top ten in the championship now looks like this:
1. Sutton 70
2. Cook 67
3. Turkington 65
4. Chilton 65
5. Butcher 64
6. Ingram 58
7. Neal 52
8. Hill 47
9. Morgan 43
10. Jelly 35
Off to Thruxton for the first of two rounds there this season.