Ash Sutton quickest in first practice despite oil leak

Ash Sutton quickest in first practice despite oil leak

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Outgoing British Touring Car Champion Ash Sutton set the pace in the opening practice session at Brands Hatch despite being forced to return to the garage prematurely with an oil leak.

The Subaru went quickest after a red flag stoppage for Bobby Thompson’s stranded Volkswagen CC at Dingle Dell, posting a 1:31.090 around the 2.8 mile Grand Prix loop.

That proved enough to best Andrew Jordan’s Pirtek-backed BMW 1-series by 0.126s, with WSR similarly showing their hand after the intermission.

But Sutton was then forced to pull off at the end of Cooper Straight with visible smoke from the front-right of the Levorg GT, and fluid leaking upon his return to the garage.

Tom Chilton was the leading title protagonist on his local circuit behind Jack Goff – a race winner in Kent at the season opener in April.

Adam Morgan’s Mercedes A-Class came next, heading Tom Ingram, with championship leader Colin Turkington down in 15th.

Team Dynamics pairing Matt Neal and Dan Cammish, Chris Smiley and Mike Bushell round out the top ten.

The weekend continues with second practice at 12:05 BST.

Session results

 

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 10 1:31.090 0.000
2 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:31.216 0.126
3 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 17 1:31.282 0.192
4 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 1:31.409 0.319
5 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:31.447 0.357
6 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 1:31.453 0.363
7 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:31.454 0.364
8 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:31.474 0.384
9 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:31.541 0.451
10 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 15 1:31.542 0.452
11 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:31.545 0.455
12 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 17 1:31.559 0.469
13 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 17 1:31.617 0.527
14 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 1:31.661 0.571
15 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:31.682 0.592
16 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:31.846 0.756
17 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 1:32.002 0.912
18 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 17 1:32.015 0.925
19 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:32.172 1.082
20 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16 1:32.186 1.096
21 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:32.247 1.157
22 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 14 1:32.250 1.160
23 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 1:32.450 1.360
24 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 14 1:32.505 1.415
25 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 15 1:32.527 1.437
26 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:32.676 1.586
27 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 17 1:33.252 2.162
28 55 Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:33.450 2.360
29 32 Ethan HAMMERTON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 13 1:33.658 2.568
30 54 Josh CAYGILL AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 14 1:35.860 4.770
31 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 6 1:38.771 7.681