Ash Sutton leads the way in wet first practice at Croft

Ash Sutton leads the way in wet first practice at Croft

Ash Sutton
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Subaru’s Ash Sutton posted the fastest time in a wet first British Touring Car Championship practice session at Croft, ahead of a strong showing by the Honda of Matt Simpson.

Sutton was on top of the times throughout the 40-minute session, initially posting a time of 1:31.747 before improving inside the final ten minutes to end the sodden session with a time of 1:31.657.

The Team Dynamics-run Honda of Simpson was second, showing his best pace of the season with a time just over four tenths off the pace.

Third fastest was Jason Plato, who ended up 0.444 seconds shy of his team-mate, with the double champion having received an additional increase in boost ahead of the previous round at Oulton Park.

Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin was fourth fastest, ahead of the leading Honda of defending champion Gordon Shedden in fifth.

The leading BMW driver was Northern Irishman Colin Turkington in sixth, ahead of Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff and MG’s Árón Taylor-Smith, who was the last driver to be within a second of the pace.

Josh Price enjoyed a season’s-best showing by putting his Subaru inside the top ten in ninth, ahead of Speedworks’ Motorsport’s Tom Ingram in tenth, with the Toyota driver having endured an off-track incident in the session causing front-end damage to his car.

On his return to MG, Josh Cook ended up with the 12th quickest lap, having at one stage been third fastest before other drivers beat his time.

BTCC rookie Dennis Strandberg ended his first practice session in 24th, with the Swede being just over two seconds off the pace in his Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus.

Second practice takes place at 12:00 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 17 1:31.657 0.000
2 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:32.086 0.429
3 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:32.101 0.444
4 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 14 1:32.277 0.620
5 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:32.345 0.688
6 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:32.375 0.718
7 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:32.568 0.911
8 40 M Árón SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 17 1:32.605 0.948
9 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:32.824 1.167
10 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 1:32.842 1.185
11 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 19 1:32.934 1.277
12 66 Josh COOK Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 18 1:32.947 1.290
13 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:32.970 1.313
14 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 1:32.976 1.319
15 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 21 1:33.000 1.343
16 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:33.048 1.391
17 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 17 1:33.065 1.408
18 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 11 1:33.120 1.463
19 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:33.220 1.563
20 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:33.278 1.621
21 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:33.293 1.636
22 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 18 1:33.325 1.668
23 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 13 1:33.593 1.936
24 95 Dennis STRANDBERG Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 17 1:33.694 2.037
25 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:33.705 2.048
26 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 1:33.710 2.053
27 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:33.808 2.151
28 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 15 1:33.820 2.163
29 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 19 1:34.125 2.468
30 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 18 1:34.162 2.505
31 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 17 1:34.173 2.516
32 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 16 1:34.177 2.520

Complete session results.