Tom Chilton leads the way in first day of Snetterton testing

Motorbase’s Tom Chilton set the pace on the first of two days of testing for the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, topping the times in the morning as Honda’s Dan Cammish came closest, a tenth of a second adrift.

Chilton completed a qualifying simulation run in the morning as the Motorbase Performance driver also racked up the most laps in the Norfolk sun.

Cammish was second quickest, whilst AmD Tuning’s Sam Tordoff put in a quick lap in the afternoon to end the day in third, just over three tenths off Chilton’s best.

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Current championship leader Colin Turkington was the best of the rear-wheel drive BMW runners in fourth, almost half a second off the pace, ahead of the Toyota of Tom Ingram in fifth.

Rory Butcher put the second AmD Honda in sixth, ahead of fellow FK2 Civic racer Matt Simpson in seventh.

Jason Plato was eighth in the best of the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhalls, just over a second off the pace, whilst the top ten was completed by BMW’s Andrew Jordan and Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan.

HMS Racing made a return to the paddock for the test and Rob Austin piloted the Alfa Romeo Giulietta to the 15th fastest time overall, 1.624 seconds off the pace.

The revamped Infiniti Q50 being run by the Laser Tools Racing outfit made its first appearance in the afternoon, with Aiden Moffat completing 21 laps in the car, with the Scot ending up more than six seconds adrift.

Two non-full season drivers also took part in the test, with Dan Kirby making his début with Trade Price Cars, taking the wheel of Jake Hill’s regular machine, and Max Coates driving a Volkswagen CC for Team HARD, although the latter only managed one lap in the morning session.

Testing continues at Snetterton on Thursday, with teams taking part in a further two days of on-track action between 09:00 and 12:30 and again from 13:30 to 17:00.

Combined Tuesday testing times

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 83 1:56.144 0.000
2 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 49 1:56.262 0.118
3 600 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 52 1:56.448 0.304
4 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 52 1:56.602 0.458
5 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 61 1:56.652 0.508
6 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 29 1:56.941 0.797
7 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 51 1:57.185 1.041
8 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 39 1:57.205 1.061
9 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 39 1:57.310 1.166
10 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 53 1:57.328 1.184
11 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 55 1:57.352 1.208
12 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 66 1:57.362 1.218
13 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 72 1:57.492 1.348
14 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 67 1:57.496 1.352
15 20 Rob AUSTIN HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 33 1:57.768 1.624
16 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 38 1:57.776 1.632
17 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 73 1:57.891 1.747
18 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 65 1:57.898 1.754
19 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 48 1:58.087 1.943
20 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 70 1:58.242 2.098
21 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 10 1:58.599 2.455
22 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 63 1:58.622 2.478
23 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 33 1:58.661 2.517
24 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 67 1:58.882 2.738
25 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 58 1:58.945 2.801
26 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 66 1:59.094 2.950
27 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 43 1:59.450 3.306
28 231 Dan KIRBY TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 53 2:02.107 5.963
29 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 21 2:02.325 6.181
30 91 Max COATES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 1 No time N/A
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