Ash Sutton sets the pace in first practice at Knockhill

Ash Sutton sets the pace in first practice at Knockhill

Ash Sutton
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Subaru’s Ash Sutton was the fastest driver in first practice for the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill, with a time which was below the current lap record to beat Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff by less than a tenth of a second.

Sutton posted the fastest lap of the session in the final seconds, pipping the Honda of Goff by a mere 0.058 seconds with a time that was quicker than last year’s pole lap around the resurfaced Knockhill circuit.

Goff had earlier gone quickest with five minutes remaining, ultimately ending up in second after he could not better his lap of 51.351 seconds thereafter.

Andrew Jordan was the leading BMW driver in third, despite having missed the first half of the session due to a steering issue on his 125i M Sport.

Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin – seeking a turnaround in fortunes this weekend – showed encouraging early pace to put his Alfa Romeo in fourth, ahead of the leading Team HARD Volkswagen of Mike Bushell in fifth.

Like Bushell, Motorbase’s Tom Chilton had at one point been fastest but ended the session in sixth, ahead of the leading Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes of Tom Oliphant in seventh, who was just ahead of team-mate Adam Morgan in eighth.

Motorbase’s Sam Tordoff and Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram completed the top ten, the latter being 0.423 seconds off the pace despite carrying 66 kg of success ballast.

Team Parker’s Stephen Jelley put in an encouraging performance to end the session as the second-quickest BMW driver in 11th, whilst championship leader Colin Turkington could only manage 18th with the maximum ballast on board his Team BMW car.

Subaru’s Jason Plato, who took pole position at the circuit last year, was just 15th fastest in his Subaru, just over half a second off his team-mate’s pace.

The session was briefly red-flagged due to an off for Matt Simpson in the opening few minutes, with the Honda driver ending up in 21st after recovering and continuing in the session.

AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher joined the session late on due to a power steering pump failure on his MG, but the Knockhill local was still able to post the 23rd best time, eight tenths from the pace.

Second practice takes place at 12:30 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 26 51.293 0.000
2 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 29 51.351 0.058
3 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 18 51.455 0.162
4 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 28 51.519 0.226
5 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 28 51.543 0.250
6 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 51.575 0.282
7 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 31 51.629 0.336
8 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 28 51.640 0.347
9 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 22 51.645 0.352
10 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 25 51.716 0.423
11 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 31 51.731 0.438
12 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 51.748 0.455
13 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 51.763 0.470
14 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 24 51.781 0.488
15 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 25 51.823 0.530
16 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 24 51.882 0.589
17 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 25 51.886 0.593
18 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 25 51.909 0.616
19 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 23 51.921 0.628
20 55 Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 26 51.999 0.706
21 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 52.039 0.746
22 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 26 52.070 0.777
23 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 8 52.101 0.808
24 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 26 52.138 0.845
25 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 11 52.162 0.869
26 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 52.214 0.921
27 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 52.263 0.970
28 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 22 52.541 1.248
29 42 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 25 52.573 1.280
30 41 Glynn GEDDIE AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 24 53.031 1.738
31 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 24 54.453 3.160