Ashley Sutton breaks lap record to secure first Subaru pole position

Ashley Sutton breaks lap record to secure first Subaru pole position

Ashley Sutton

Ashley Sutton set a new qualifying lap record en route to pole position ahead of the first British Touring Car Championship race at Donington Park.

The rising star set a blistering 1:09.412 to secure his first pole for Team BMR’s Subaru outfit and eclipse a similarly impressive Rob Austin, who backed up his pace in free practice with a slot on the front row, 0.102 seconds adrift.

“Obviously you always come here to get on pole and to achieve that is a bonus,” said Sutton.

“I can’t fault the guys, they’ve worked day and night every single day of the week since Brands, they’re absolutely shattered so it’s nice to reward them with a pole position and hopefully some good results.”

“Fingers crossed, that’ll be the main aim. We’ve got no weight, so let’s push on from there and see what we can do.”

 

Jack Goff was another to top the timesheets in practice and secured third, whilst Tom Ingram continued his qualifying form from Brands Hatch to secure fourth in the heavily ballast-laden Toyota Avensis for Speedworks.

Aiden Moffat rounded out the top five ahead of Jake Hill, who completed a strong day for Team.HARD alongside team-mate Mike Epps in ninth.

Honda failed to set a competitive time during either practice session and could only manage seventh and eighth in the Type R, with the ever-consistent Adam Morgan tenth.

BMW lamented their luck after a water leak for Colin Turkington’s 1-series brought out the red flags with six minutes to run. The double champion’s session was curtailed early by the damage, whilst the liquid on circuit at Coppice sent Ingram, Shedden, Matt Simpson and James Cole heading wide into the gravel. Everyone managed to recover safely to the pit lane under their own speed.

Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan rounded out WSR’s manufacturer effort in 15th and 16th.

Tom Chilton ended the session as the highest placed Vauxhall in 14th, whilst another likely contender, Mat Jackson, languished in 20th.

Jason Plato demonstrated BMR still have some wounds to heal, placing his Subaru Levorg GT in 17th as the strongest showing among Sutton’s team-mates.

The opening race of the weekend starts tomorrow at 11:37.

Qualifying times

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:09.412
2 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 20 1:09.514 0.102
3 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:09.555 0.143
4 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 18 1:09.710 0.298
5 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:09.728 0.316
6 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 18 1:09.737 0.325
7 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:09.753 0.341
8 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:09.803 0.391
9 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 18 1:09.819 0.407
10 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 1:09.907 0.495
11 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:09.933 0.521
12 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 14 1:09.939 0.527
13 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 16 1:09.957 0.545
14 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 1:09.995 0.583
15 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 21 1:09.998 0.586
16 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 21 1:10.032 0.620
17 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:10.042 0.630
18 23 M Daniel LLOYD MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 17 1:10.149 0.737
19 66 Josh COOK Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 17 1:10.194 0.782
20 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 17 1:10.205 0.793
21 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 17 1:10.211 0.799
22 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 1:10.250 0.838
23 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:10.290 0.878
24 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 1:10.315 0.903
25 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:10.395 0.983
26 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 17 1:10.427 1.015
27 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 17 1:10.492 1.080
28 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 20 1:10.668 1.256
29 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 19 1:10.675 1.263
30 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:10.691 1.279
31 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 1:10.697 1.285
32 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 19 1:10.708 1.296

Complete session results