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

1116MAshley SUTTONAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT181:32.2540.000
252MGordon SHEDDENHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R141:32.7150.461
325MMatt NEALHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R141:32.9530.699
431Jack GOFFEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R151:32.9890.735
599MJason PLATOAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT151:33.0460.792
677MAndrew JORDANBMW Pirtek RacingBMW 125i M Sport151:33.1820.928
740MÁrón TAYLOR-SMITHMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT161:33.2360.982
866Josh COOKMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT171:33.3031.049
922Chris SMILEYBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze171:33.3211.067
103Mat JACKSONTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus161:33.3871.133
114MColin TURKINGTONTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport181:33.4081.154
1217David NEWSHAMBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze161:33.5491.295
13303MMatt SIMPSONSimpson RacingHonda Civic Type R131:33.5841.330
1448Ollie with CobraExhaustsAudi S3171:33.9221.668
155MRob COLLARDTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport181:33.9331.679
1655Jeff SMITHEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R171:33.9651.711
1711Rob AUSTINHandy MotorsportToyota Avensis161:33.9971.743
1816Aiden MOFFATLaser Tools RacingMercedes-Benz A-Class201:34.0541.800
1920MJames COLEAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT151:34.0591.805
2018MSenna PROCTORPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra161:34.0871.833
2133Adam MORGANCiceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class191:34.1541.900
2261Will BURNSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC191:34.1911.937
2312Mike EPPSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC171:34.3912.137
2424Jake HILLTAG RacingVolkswagen CC121:34.5022.248
2595Dennis STRANDBERGTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus181:34.5242.270
2630Martin DEPPERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus171:34.5472.293
272MTom CHILTONPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra131:34.5792.325
2828MJosh PRICEBMR Racing AcademySubaru Levorg GT151:34.5882.334
2910Ant with CobraExhaustsAudi S3161:34.9052.651
307Stephen JELLEYTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus141:35.1772.923
31300Luke DAVENPORTTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus121:35.6353.381
3280Tom INGRAMSpeedworks MotorsportToyota Avensis0No timeN/A

Complete session results.