Rob Austin sets the pace in Donington media day test

Rob Austin sets the pace in Donington media day test

Rob Austin
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Rob Austin

Rob Austin put HMS Racing’s new Alfa Romeo on top of the times in the four-hour official test session at the British Touring Car Championship media day at Donington Park, with the top 16 cars covered by less than a second.

The session began on a damp circuit, with initial times being set on wet tyres, before the National circuit quickly dried out and times tumbled throughout the afternoon.

Times changed frequently at the top of the timesheets, with laps in the 1 minute 19 seconds after half an hour before dropping into the 1 minute 12 seconds after an hour and a half and ultimately to the low 1 minute ten seconds, approximately half a second off the qualifying lap record pace.

Motorbase’s Tom Chilton was second fastest in his Ford Focus RS, 0.164 seconds off the pace, ahead of Team BMW’s Colin Turkington in third.

Sam Tordoff made it two Focus’ inside the top four, ahead of BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan in fifth.

Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook was an impressive sixth overall, ahead of the Honda Civic of Jack Goff in seventh, despite the Eurotech Racing driver enduring an off-track excursion late in the session.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan, Speedworks’ Tom Ingram and BTC Norlin’s Chris Smiley completed the top ten, the latter after making several improvements in the closing minutes.

Several drivers endured off-track incidents, including Brett Smith, who like his team-mate lost control at the Craner Curves and damaged the front of his Honda on the grass.

BTC’s James Nash only completed ten laps, the least of any driver, due to going off the track and damaging his car early on, whilst Aiden Moffat didn’t take to the circuit during the first half of the session due to an issue with the fuel pump on his car.

Brett Smith
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Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 48 1:10.074 0.000
2 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 58 1:10.238 0.164
3 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 64 1:10.354 0.280
4 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 55 1:10.415 0.341
5 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 55 1:10.458 0.384
6 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 59 1:10.471 0.397
7 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 45 1:10.524 0.450
8 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 52 1:10.535 0.461
9 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 34 1:10.568 0.494
10 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 56 1:10.642 0.568
11 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 43 1:10.786 0.712
12 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 60 1:10.815 0.741
13 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 51 1:10.966 0.892
14 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 36 1:10.981 0.907
15 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 44 1:10.991 0.917
16 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 55 1:11.007 0.933
17 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 43 1:11.102 1.028
18 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 33 1:11.137 1.063
19 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 73 1:11.211 1.137
20 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 30 1:11.224 1.150
21 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 51 1:11.265 1.191
22 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 30 1:11.313 1.239
23 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 59 1:11.321 1.247
24 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 48 1:11.543 1.469
25 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 1:11.569 1.495
26 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 45 1:11.629 1.555
27 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 31 1:11.745 1.671
28 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 31 1:11.765 1.691
29 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 36 1:11.799 1.725
30 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 46 1:12.045 1.971
31 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 40 1:12.121 2.047
32 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 10 1:21.127 11.053