BMW’s Oliphant beats Sutton for maiden win

Sutton burst his Laser Tools Racing Infiniti through from 10th to second within the first lap and a half, and was on the bootlid of the West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330i M Sport soon after that.  

Sutton feinted moves at the Druids hairpin, but Oliphant stayed resolute, and had enough speed at the end of the straights to prevent a decisive attack from his pursuer. Oliphant had Sutton all over him on the final lap, but clung on for victory by 0.324 seconds.

The other Infiniti of Aiden Moffat had started on pole and the Scot led the opening lap, with Stephen Jelley’s Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport and Oliphant in hot pursuit. Jelley nosed to the inside of Moffat exiting Clearways on the opening lap, but Oliphant had the momentum to slip past both as they ran three-abreast into Paddock Hill Bend.

As well as Sutton, Rory Butcher was on the move in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, and by the end of lap four it was a three-car train at the front comprising Oliphant, Sutton and Butcher. But, just as he had when he lost victory in the opening race, Butcher suffered a left-front puncture with three laps remaining, forcing him out.

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