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Ash Sutton takes comfortable victory in Snetterton finale

Ash Sutton secured his second win of the 2022 BTCC season with a comfortable win in the final race of the weekend at Snetterton.

Sutton had endured a tricky day at the wheel of his NAPA Racing Ford Focus but was drawn on pole for race three having finished ninth in race two.

The defending champion held station off the line but then saw Dan Rowbottom sweep ahead going into turn one, only for the Focus to quickly slip back into P1 by Hamilton.

Rowbottom – who was running without hybrid – then lost second to Jason Plato going onto the back straight and would then be forced to try and defend from the pack behind for the remaining laps.

At the front, Sutton was able to edge clear of Plato to take victory by more than four seconds, with Plato taking a podium behind in his 650th BTCC start.

Rowbottom would hold third until lap five when Ricky Collard managed to find a way through and was followed by Tom Ingram, with the pair going wheel to wheel for third in the closing stages.

Ingram thought he had got ahead on the final lap out of the Agostini hairpin but Collard then put a forceful move on the Hyundai to reclaim the spot – leaving Ingram to settle for fourth.

Jake Hill took fifth having managed to finally get ahead of Rowbottom two laps from the end, with Colin Turkington following him through to take sixth.

Rory Butcher took seventh although an incident that saw Stephen Jelley spin early on is likely to be investigated, with Adam Morgan and Ollie Jackson also managing to find a way past Rowbottom as he slipped back to tenth on the final lap.

Former points leader Josh Cook was eleventh to lose further ground in the standings.