Ash Sutton ends Snetterton testing with top time

Ash Sutton ends Snetterton testing with top time

Ash Sutton
Photo: BTCC Media

Subaru’s Ash Sutton ended two days of British Touring Car Championship testing at Snetterton in Norfolk with the top time, after posting the fastest lap on Thursday morning before rain limited the day’s running.

Sutton hit the top of the times in Thursday’s morning session, post a lap of 1 minute 57.130 seconds to go 0.059 seconds than Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff, who also posted his best lap of the day before lunch on Thursday.

After lunch effective running was limited after heavy rain, hail and thunder hit the Norfolk circuit, rendering any running pointless as track conditions deteriorated. A few drivers took to the circuit late in the day as the track dried out, but lap times did not beat those posted earlier in the day or on Wednesday.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram ended up with the third best time posted on Thursday morning, ahead of Team HARD’s Jake Hill, who had posted his best lap in Wednesday’s afternoon session.

BTC Norlin Racing’s Dave Newsham was an impressive fifth overall, ahead of the leading factory-supported BMW of Colin Turkington in sixth.

AmD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson was an impressive seventh, just over sixteenths off the pace, ahead of Ciceley Motorsport duo Aiden Moffat in eighth and Adam Morgan in ninth. All three posted their best times on Wednesday afternoon.

Motorbase’s Mat Jackson completed the top ten, ending up as the best-placed driver who set their fastest lap on Wednesday morning.

Jason Plato continued to work on fixing the problems which have blighted his Subaru Levorg for the first half of the season, but the BMR driver could only end the two-day test in 19th, 1.314 seconds off the pace of his team-mate.

The busiest driver out of the 29 participants over the two days was Power Maxed Racing’s Tom Chilton, who ended up with the 24th best time after making a concerted effort to learn more about his new Astra. Chilton was the only one of the team’s drivers to participate in the test, with Senna Proctor not present.

Three drivers got their first taste of BTCC machinery during the test. Eurotech Racing gave Brett Smith, who will replace father Jeff in the team for the rest of the season, his first run in the Honda Civic, with the 25-year-old ending up 12th in the combined classification.

Also getting their first taste of BTCC cars were Chris Milford, in a Team HARD Volkswagen CC, and Rory Butcher, in a Motorbase Ford Focus. They ended up in 27th and 29th respectively, sandwiching Stewart Lines who took to the wheel of his outfit’s Ford Focus.

The BTCC resumes at Snetterton later in the month on the 29th and 30th July.

Thursday combined times

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 32 1:57.130 0.000
2 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 44 1:57.189 0.059
3 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 34 1:57.393 0.263
4 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 30 1:57.496 0.366
5 4 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 36 1:57.655 0.525
6 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 1:57.863 0.733
7 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 27 1:58.137 1.007
8 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 25 1:58.151 1.021
9 28 Josh PRICE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 36 1:58.180 1.050
10 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 39 1:58.282 1.152
11 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 26 1:58.318 1.188
12 20 James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 23 1:58.325 1.195
13 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 44 1:58.398 1.268
14 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:58.447 1.317
15 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 26 1:58.486 1.356
16 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 49 1:58.514 1.384
17 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 34 1:58.551 1.421
18 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 40 1:58.554 1.424
19 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 32 1:58.562 1.432
20 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 36 1:59.009 1.879
21 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 24 1:59.032 1.902
22 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 30 1:59.087 1.957
23 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 52 1:59.225 2.095
24 2 Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 56 1:59.421 2.291
25 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 46 2:00.398 3.268
26 30 Rory BUTCHER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 12 2:17.161 20.031

Combined Wednesday and Thursday times

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 111 1:57.130 0.000
2 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 136 1:57.189 0.059
3 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 84 1:57.393 0.263
4 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 93 1:57.420 0.290
5 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 97 1:57.496 0.366
6 4 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 89 1:57.655 0.525
7 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 73 1:57.793 0.663
8 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 95 1:57.824 0.694
9 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 79 1:57.848 0.718
10 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 79 1:58.024 0.894
11 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 109 1:58.025 0.895
12 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 110 1:58.123 0.993
13 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 89 1:58.137 1.007
14 28 Josh PRICE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 102 1:58.180 1.050
15 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 99 1:58.214 1.084
16 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 65 1:58.226 1.096
17 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 110 1:58.282 1.152
18 20 James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 84 1:58.325 1.195
19 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 72 1:58.444 1.314
20 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 40 1:58.554 1.424
21 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 96 1:58.562 1.432
22 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 55 1:58.682 1.552
23 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 82 1:58.760 1.630
24 2 Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 143 1:58.783 1.653
25 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 94 1:58.928 1.798
26 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 42 1:59.087 1.957
27 51 Chris MILFORD Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 74 2:00.205 3.075
28 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 121 2:00.398 3.268
29 30 Rory BUTCHER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 12 2:17.161 20.031