Ash Sutton ends Snetterton testing with top time

Ash Sutton ends Snetterton testing with top time

Ash Sutton
Photo: BTCC Media

Subaru’s Ash Sutton ended two days of British Touring Car Championship testing at Snetterton in Norfolk with the top time, after posting the fastest lap on Thursday morning before rain limited the day’s running.

Sutton hit the top of the times in Thursday’s morning session, post a lap of 1 minute 57.130 seconds to go 0.059 seconds than Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff, who also posted his best lap of the day before lunch on Thursday.

After lunch effective running was limited after heavy rain, hail and thunder hit the Norfolk circuit, rendering any running pointless as track conditions deteriorated. A few drivers took to the circuit late in the day as the track dried out, but lap times did not beat those posted earlier in the day or on Wednesday.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram ended up with the third best time posted on Thursday morning, ahead of Team HARD’s Jake Hill, who had posted his best lap in Wednesday’s afternoon session.

BTC Norlin Racing’s Dave Newsham was an impressive fifth overall, ahead of the leading factory-supported BMW of Colin Turkington in sixth.

AmD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson was an impressive seventh, just over sixteenths off the pace, ahead of Ciceley Motorsport duo Aiden Moffat in eighth and Adam Morgan in ninth. All three posted their best times on Wednesday afternoon.

Motorbase’s Mat Jackson completed the top ten, ending up as the best-placed driver who set their fastest lap on Wednesday morning.

Jason Plato continued to work on fixing the problems which have blighted his Subaru Levorg for the first half of the season, but the BMR driver could only end the two-day test in 19th, 1.314 seconds off the pace of his team-mate.

The busiest driver out of the 29 participants over the two days was Power Maxed Racing’s Tom Chilton, who ended up with the 24th best time after making a concerted effort to learn more about his new Astra. Chilton was the only one of the team’s drivers to participate in the test, with Senna Proctor not present.

Three drivers got their first taste of BTCC machinery during the test. Eurotech Racing gave Brett Smith, who will replace father Jeff in the team for the rest of the season, his first run in the Honda Civic, with the 25-year-old ending up 12th in the combined classification.

Also getting their first taste of BTCC cars were Chris Milford, in a Team HARD Volkswagen CC, and Rory Butcher, in a Motorbase Ford Focus. They ended up in 27th and 29th respectively, sandwiching Stewart Lines who took to the wheel of his outfit’s Ford Focus.

The BTCC resumes at Snetterton later in the month on the 29th and 30th July.

Thursday combined times

POSNODRIVERNATENTRANTCARLAPSTIMEGAP
1116Ashley SUTTONAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT321:57.1300.000
231Jack GOFFEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R441:57.1890.059
380Tom INGRAMSpeedworks MotorsportToyota Avensis341:57.3930.263
417Dave NEWSHAMBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze301:57.4960.366
54Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport361:57.6550.525
633Adam MORGANCiceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class221:57.8630.733
722Chris SMILEYBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze271:58.1371.007
83Mat JACKSONTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus251:58.1511.021
928Josh PRICEAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT361:58.1801.050
1030Martin DEPPERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus391:58.2821.152
1111Rob AUSTINHandy MotorsportToyota Avensis261:58.3181.188
1220James COLEAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT231:58.3251.195
1325Matt NEALHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R441:58.3981.268
1416Aiden MOFFATLaser Tools RacingMercedes-Benz A-Class161:58.4471.317
1599Jason PLATOAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT261:58.4861.356
1639Brett SMITHEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R491:58.5141.384
1724Jake HILLTAG RacingVolkswagen CC341:58.5511.421
1812Mike EPPSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC401:58.5541.424
197Stephen JELLEYTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus321:58.5621.432
2061Will BURNSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC361:59.0091.879
2166Josh COOKMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT241:59.0321.902
225Rob COLLARDTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport301:59.0871.957
23303Matt SIMPSONSimpson RacingHonda Civic Type R521:59.2252.095
242Tom CHILTONPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra561:59.4212.291
2595Stewart LINESTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus462:00.3983.268
2630Rory BUTCHERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus122:17.16120.031

Combined Wednesday and Thursday times

POSNODRIVERNATENTRANTCARLAPSTIMEGAP
1116Ashley SUTTONAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT1111:57.1300.000
231Jack GOFFEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R1361:57.1890.059
380Tom INGRAMSpeedworks MotorsportToyota Avensis841:57.3930.263
424Jake HILLTAG RacingVolkswagen CC931:57.4200.290
517Dave NEWSHAMBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze971:57.4960.366
64Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport891:57.6550.525
748Ollie JACKSONAmDtuning.com with Cobra ExhaustsAudi S3731:57.7930.663
816Aiden MOFFATLaser Tools RacingMercedes-Benz A-Class951:57.8240.694
933Adam MORGANCiceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class791:57.8480.718
103Mat JACKSONTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus791:58.0240.894
1161Will BURNSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC1091:58.0250.895
1239Brett SMITHEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R1101:58.1230.993
1322Chris SMILEYBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze891:58.1371.007
1428Josh PRICEAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT1021:58.1801.050
1525Matt NEALHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R991:58.2141.084
1611Rob AUSTINHandy MotorsportToyota Avensis651:58.2261.096
1730Martin DEPPERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus1101:58.2821.152
1820James COLEAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT841:58.3251.195
1999Jason PLATOAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT721:58.4441.314
2012Mike EPPSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC401:58.5541.424
217Stephen JELLEYTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus961:58.5621.432
2277Andrew JORDANBMW Pirtek RacingBMW 125i M Sport551:58.6821.552
2366Josh COOKMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT821:58.7601.630
242Tom CHILTONPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra1431:58.7831.653
25303Matt SIMPSONSimpson RacingHonda Civic Type R941:58.9281.798
265Rob COLLARDTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport421:59.0871.957
2751Chris MILFORDAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC742:00.2053.075
2895Stewart LINESTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus1212:00.3983.268
2930Rory BUTCHERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus122:17.16120.031