Ash Sutton sets the pace in Thruxton testing

Ash Sutton sets the pace in Thruxton testing

Ash Sutton
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Subaru’s Ash Sutton ended the annual Thruxton TOCA support test day with the fastest time, setting the quickest time in the afternoon to see off Brisky Racing’s Mike Bushell by less than a tenth of a second.

Sutton put in a time of 1 minute 15.717 seconds to end up 0.026 seconds ahead of Bushell’s Volkswagen.

25 drivers were in action during the afternoon session, with Bobby Thompson and Michael Caine taking to the track after lunch, having missed the earlier running.

Honda’s Matt Neal, who was third fastest, completed 26 laps in the session, having managed just eight in the morning due to throttle issues.

Lap times fell below the qualifying lap record for NGTC cars, which was set by Neal in 2017 at 1:16.040, although they were understandably behind the overall lap record set by Jason Plato in the Super Touring era at 1:12.562 in 2000.

The morning’s early pace-setter Tom Chilton was just ninth in the afternoon session, unable to better his time of 15:979 set in the morning.

Over 1,000 laps were completed during the test, which was shared with the Ginetta Junior Championship, Ginetta GT5 Challenge and Renault UK Clio Cup.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 21 1:15.717 0.000
2 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 29 1:15.743 0.026
3 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 26 1:15.811 0.094
4 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 19 1:15.860 0.143
5 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 27 1:15.962 0.245
6 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 1:15.981 0.264
7 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 23 1:15.997 0.280
8 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 1:16.043 0.326
9 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 26 1:16.088 0.371
10 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 29 1:16.187 0.470
11 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 22 1:16.201 0.484
12 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 23 1:16.239 0.522
13 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 1:16.241 0.524
14 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 28 1:16.412 0.695
15 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 25 1:16.491 0.774
16 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 26 1:16.662 0.945
17 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 21 1:16.818 1.101
18 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 26 1:16.928 1.211
19 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 26 1:16.951 1.234
20 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 28 1:16.984 1.267
21 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:17.137 1.420
22 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 22 1:17.261 1.544
23 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 25 1:17.358 1.641
24 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:17.374 1.657
25 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 31 1:18.524 2.807