Laser Tools Racing’s Ashley Sutton secured the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship after finishing sixth in the third and final race of the day at Brands Hatch, as Rory Butcher rounded off 2020 with a composed victory.
It wraps up what has been a fantastic season for Sutton, with him also winning the Independent Drivers’ Championship too as Laser Tools Racing took the honours in the Independent Teams Championship.
It was Sutton’s teammate Aiden Moffat who led the field into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time as Butcher moved around the outside of Chris Smiley and into second.
Butcher inherited the race lead on the second lap after Moffat ran wide going through Paddock Hill Bend. Smiley also followed Moffat off the road as the pair dropped down the order.
Dan Cammish moved up to seventh after diving up the inside of both Moffat and Ollie Jackson going into Surtees and Clearways as Sutton found himself in ninth and behind his teammate. A lap later, Cammish pulled a similar move on Colin Turkington which demoted him to seventh.
With Sutton up to eighth on lap nine and right behind championship rival Turkington, he knew he didn’t have to do anything rash. After sitting behind him for a few laps, he got a good run through Clark Curve that propelled him alongside where he then completed the move going into Paddock.
A couple of laps later, Sutton pulled an identical move on Cook to move into sixth, as the BTC Racing driver had fallen down the order after contact between him and Jake Hill at Clearways when they were running second and third respectively.
Meanwhile, Tom Ingram had got the cut-back on Adam Morgan as they navigated the very tricky Graham Hill Bend to move into second. Hill and Cammish would also eventually get the better of the Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class.
Despite closing the gap late on, Butcher took a comfortable win with Ingram second and Hill third.
“It’s fantastic – we really needed that going into the winter,” said Butcher. “I was really comfortable, and the car was so much better than in race one.
“It was only in the last few laps when I saw Tom’s (Ingram) lights appear in my mirror I thought ‘Oh my God’, but I brought it home.”
Fourth was Cammish with Morgan fifth and the 2020 champion, Sutton in sixth.
“It’s an absolute dream to get this,” said Sutton. “It’s been a long time since an independent team won the overall championship.
“It’s just a real shame that we can’t experience it with the fans.”
Cook was seventh and Moffat eighth with the now out-going champion, Turkington in ninth.
Ollie Jackson rounded off a brilliant season in 10th with Tom Chilton in 11th and Smiley 12th.
Tom Oliphant finished in 13th with Matt Neal in 14th and Michael Crees in 15th.
Header image courtesy of BTCC/Jakob Ebrey
By Jordan Hollands.