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Ash Sutton doubles up for third successive weekend

Ash Sutton secured a double win for the third successive BTCC meeting with victory in the second race of the weekend at Thruxton helping to maintain his astonishing recent run of form.

Sutton had started the race from pole and put in some blistering laps in the early stages, setting a personal best nearly a second quicker than anyone else to blast away at the front.

As the race wore on, Tom Ingram would start to close in on the Focus ahead but that was largely down to Sutton working to manage this position at the front, with the former champion never at risk of losing the lead to the current champion.

It made him the first driver to take two wins on three successive weekends since the introduction of three races per weekend.

As in race one, Ingram was able to edge ahead away from the Honda of Josh Cook to snare another podium in his Hyundai with Cook in turn comfortably clear of Jake Hill once he had seen off the challenge of the BMW at the complex on the opening lap.

Hill would be kept honest by Dan Cammish, with Colin Turkington fighting his way back ahead of the Toyota of Rory Butcher late on after the pair had swapped places in the early stages.

It mean each of the top seven drivers would finish where they started.

Aron Taylor-Smith in his Vauxhall fought his way to eighth spot, with the top ten completed by Ricky Collard and Aiden Moffat.

The star of the race would be Dan Rowbottom, who started near the back of the pack after pitting with a puncture in race one, but came through the pack to take eleventh place.