Ash Sutton leads WSR BMWs in opening Thruxton practice

Ash Sutton leads WSR BMWs in opening Thruxton practice

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Championship leader Ash Sutton set the pace in the opening British Touring Car Championship practice session at Thruxton, heading the Team BMW duo of Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington.

The 40-minute session started under tricky, greasy conditions with most runners heading out on wets, before switching to slicks for the second half of the session.

One such driver was Mark Blundell, who lost the rear end of his Audi S3 at Goodwood corner on fresh slicks, causing a red flag but eventually being able to continue in the session after only making light contact with the barrier.

Once the session resumed, 2017 champion Sutton set the benchmark with a time of 1:16.531, just under a tenth clear of Jordan who returns to action after a heavy shunt in race one at Donington Park which ruled him out of the remaining races.

He led reigning champion Colin Turkington, with Jake Hill an impressive fourth ahead of Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan.

Stephen Jelley’s older-generation BMW 125i M Sport placed sixth ahead of the AmD Tuning duo of Brands Hatch winner Rory Butcher and 2016 runner-up Sam Tordoff, who finished the session in seventh and eighth respectively.

Sutton’s Team BMR stablemate Senna Proctor was ninth, with Rob Collard, who scored a podium last time out at Donington, rounding out the top ten in his Vauxhall Astra.

Notably, a handful of regular frontrunners seemingly suffered from transponder issues, with the Team Dynamics duo of Matt Neal and Dan Cammish not setting a time, and the same story for Tom Ingram.

Neither BTC Racing Honda Civics set a time, with Josh Cook and Chris Smiley also not setting a time.

Second practice at Hampshire’s Thruxton circuit is scheduled to get underway at 12:20 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 1:16.531 0.000
2 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 14 1:16.602 0.071
3 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 1:16.817 0.286
4 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 1:16.898 0.367
5 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 13 1:16.903 0.372
6 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 11 1:16.970 0.439
7 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 19 1:17.005 0.474
8 600 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 1:17.213 0.682
9 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 1:17.223 0.692
10 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 1:17.372 0.841
11 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 10 1:17.415 0.884
12 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 14 1:17.527 0.996
13 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 1:17.594 1.063
14 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:18.336 1.805
15 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 14 1:18.355 1.824
16 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 14 1:18.383 1.852
17 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 12 1:18.517 1.986
18 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 1:18.769 2.238
19 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 14 1:19.494 2.963
20 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 1:19.795 3.264
21 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 9 1:20.023 3.492
22 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 13 1:21.721 5.190
23 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 11 1:21.972 5.441
24 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 10 1:27.034 10.503
25 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 9 1:28.254 11.723
26 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 5 No time N/A
27 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 9 No time N/A
28 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 5 No time N/A
29 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 5 No time N/A
30 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 2 No time N/A