Ash Sutton remains on top in wet second practice at Croft

Ash Sutton remains on top in wet second practice at Croft

Ash Sutton
Photo: Still / PSP

Ash Sutton continued to top the times in British Touring Car Championship practice at a wet Croft Circuit, ending the session just under half a second faster than the Honda of Gordon Shedden.

As in first practice it was Subaru’s Sutton who dominated the session, posting the fastest time early on and remaining on top of the timesheets thereafter. The 23-year-old set a time of 1 minute 32.254 seconds around ten minutes into the session, which remained the benchmark for the rest of the track time.

Current championship leader Shedden was second quickest despite carrying the maximum 75 kg of success ballast, having set his best time just before the halfway stage.

His team-mate Matt Neal ended up in third, despite the three-time champion suffering from a spin on the exit of the Chicane in the first ten minutes of the session.

Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff improved on his seventh in first practice to end second practice in fourth, just ahead of the second Subaru of Jason Plato in fifth, who was 0.792 seconds slower than his team-mate.

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan in sixth and MG’s Árón Taylor-Smith in seventh were the last two drivers to be within a second of the pace.

The second MG of Triple Eight returnee Josh Cook was just behind his team-mate in eighth, ahead of BTC Norlin Racing’s Chris Smiley in ninth and Motorbase’s Mat Jackson in tenth.

Neither of the Team BMW factory 1-Series’ made it into the top ten, with Colin Turkington the leader in 11th, whilst Rob Collard was 15th quickest after a spin.

Two drivers were shown the black flag for exceeding the track limits during the session, with both Mike Epps and Adam Morgan having to return to the pits as a result.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram failed to take to the track in the session as the damage to his Toyota from his off-track excursion in first practice was repaired, requiring a change of radiator and other components at the front of his car.

Qualifying takes place at 16:00 BST.

Session results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:32.254 0.000
2 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:32.715 0.461
3 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:32.953 0.699
4 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:32.989 0.735
5 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:33.046 0.792
6 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:33.182 0.928
7 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 16 1:33.236 0.982
8 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 17 1:33.303 1.049
9 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 17 1:33.321 1.067
10 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 16 1:33.387 1.133
11 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 18 1:33.408 1.154
12 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 1:33.549 1.295
13 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:33.584 1.330
14 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 17 1:33.922 1.668
15 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 18 1:33.933 1.679
16 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:33.965 1.711
17 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 1:33.997 1.743
18 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 1:34.054 1.800
19 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:34.059 1.805
20 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 1:34.087 1.833
21 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:34.154 1.900
22 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 19 1:34.191 1.937
23 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 17 1:34.391 2.137
24 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 12 1:34.502 2.248
25 95 Dennis STRANDBERG Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 18 1:34.524 2.270
26 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 17 1:34.547 2.293
27 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 13 1:34.579 2.325
28 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:34.588 2.334
29 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 16 1:34.905 2.651
30 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 14 1:35.177 2.923
31 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 12 1:35.635 3.381
32 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 0 No time N/A

Complete session results.