BTCC qualifying ends prematurely after multi-car accident

BTCC qualifying ends prematurely after multi-car accident

Ash Sutton
Photo: Still / PSP

Qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship at Croft has been red-flagged after a multi-car accident which included Jeff Smith and Luke Davenport needing to be cut free from their cars.

The session, which took place in wet and rainy conditions, lasted just nine minutes of competitive running before the red flags flew.

The shunt which caused the stoppage began when Motorbase driver Davenport went straight on at the Jim Clark Esses, seemingly on fluid dropped either by his own or another car.

Davenport appeared to spear straight into the barriers, and a number of other drivers then followed him off the circuit at high speed, including Andrew Jordan, Árón Taylor-Smith, Jeff Smith, Ant Whorton-Eales, Ollie Jackson, Ash Sutton, Jack Goff, Stephen Jelley and Adam Morgan.

Both Davenport and Smith needed to be cut free from their cars, whilst Taylor-Smith was briefly knocked unconscious in the accident. Taylor-Smith was taken to the circuit medical centre, whilst Smith and Davenport were taken to hospital by medical helicopter.

Taylor-Smith was subsequently taken to the James Cook University Hospital along with Davenport and Smith.

The force of the crash was reportedly so severe that the seat in Taylor-Smith’s MG was moved.

The session was red-flagged for over an hour, before the session was declared a result after just nine minutes of competitive running.

The result sees Subaru’s Sutton claim pole, despite being himself involved in the accident that saw considerable damage caused to his Levorg.

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington ended up in second, ahead of Motorbase’s Mat Jackson in third.

None of the injuries are reported to be life threatening.

Due to the damage to Smith and Davenport’s car requiring them to be cut free, the cars have been written off and can not be repaired. All three entries have been withdrawn from the meeting.

Qualifying times

1116MAshley SUTTONAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT31:33.182
24MColin TURKINGTONTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport31:33.7430.561
33Mat JACKSONTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus31:33.7860.604
452MGordon SHEDDENHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R21:33.8080.626
566Josh COOKMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT31:33.9040.722
640MÁrón TAYLOR-SMITHMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT21:33.9890.807
799MJason PLATOAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT31:34.0110.829
825MMatt NEALHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R41:34.0770.895
928MJosh PRICEBMR Racing AcademySubaru Levorg GT31:34.0860.904
1020MJames COLEAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT31:34.1841.002
1155Jeff SMITHEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R21:34.2451.063
122MTom CHILTONPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra21:34.2931.111
135MRob COLLARDTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport31:34.3171.135
1477MAndrew JORDANBMW Pirtek RacingBMW 125i M Sport31:34.3791.197
1580Tom INGRAMSpeedworks MotorsportToyota Avensis31:34.3971.215
167Stephen JELLEYTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus31:34.8701.688
1718MSenna PROCTORPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra21:34.8751.693
1824Jake HILLTAG RacingVolkswagen CC31:34.9531.771
1911Rob AUSTINHandy MotorsportToyota Avensis31:35.0981.916
2061Will BURNSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC31:35.1101.928
2148Ollie with CobraExhaustsAudi S331:35.1811.999
2212Mike EPPSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC31:35.3342.152
23303MMatt SIMPSONSimpson RacingHonda Civic Type R41:35.5142.332
2495Dennis STRANDBERGTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus31:35.6892.507
2533Adam MORGANCiceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class31:35.8752.693
2610Ant with CobraExhaustsAudi S331:35.9782.796
2730Martin DEPPERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus31:37.6814.499
2831Jack GOFFEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R2No timeN/A
29300Luke DAVENPORTTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus1No timeN/A
3017David NEWSHAMBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze1No timeN/A
3122Chris SMILEYBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze1No timeN/A
3216Aiden MOFFATLaser Tools RacingMercedes-Benz A-Class0No timeN/A

Complete session results