Rory Butcher tops the times on first day of Snetterton testing

Rory Butcher tops the times on first day of Snetterton testing

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Rory Butcher, Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus ST

Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher topped the times on the first day of the British Touring Car Championship’s two-day tyre test at Snetterton, heading BTC Racing’s Tom Chilton by 0.757 seconds in the dry morning session.

Butcher, who had crawled to a halt earlier in the session in his all-new Ford Focus, posted the fastest time of the day just before lunch with an effort of 1 minute 56.504 seconds.

The morning’s running at the Norfolk circuit had been in the dry, but rain pushed in after lunch and prevented any improvements from any drivers during the afternoon running.

“Today has gone well and it’s good to be at Snetterton will all of our competition,” said Butcher. “The car has been really good straight out of the box.

“We just had a slight niggle this morning – an electrical issue that halted our first run – but since then it has gone really smoothly and we’ve worked our way through our plan.

“We’re definitely in a good place with the car. We decided to do a proper run at the end and see where we are. It turned out to be a good lap and the car was mega.

“Overall, this new Ford Focus is feeling fantastic.”

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram was third fastest in his Toyota Corolla, although it was the Cheshire team’s test bed car which was the talking point of the day, as development driver Darren Turner shook down the new hybrid development car which is making its first public appearance.

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill was fourth, just over a second of the pace, on his only day of running at Snetterton. On Wednesday Hill will make way for Esmee Hawkee in the Honda Civic.

Honda’s Dan Cammish was fifth, 1.1 seconds off the pace, ahead of the leading BMW of 1-Series racer Stephen Jelley in sixth.

Ash Sutton put his Laser Tools Racing Infiniti in seventh, ahead of the second BTC Racing Honda of Michael Crees in eighth, Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan in ninth and his team-mate Daniel Rowbottom in tenth.

Neither of the BMW 3-Series drivers, Tom Oliphant or Colin Turkington, managed to get a fast lap in during the morning as they propped up the timesheets in 25th and 26th respectively, over 11 seconds off the pace.

In total 26 drivers took part in the test, down from the 29 expected at the start of the season, following the recent news that neither BMW’s Andrew Jordan nor Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato or Mat Jackson would take part in this year’s championship.

Combined session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 36 1:56.504 0.000
2 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 54 1:57.261 0.757
3 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 39 1:57.474 0.970
4 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 53 1:57.534 1.030
5 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 1:57.649 1.145
6 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 48 1:57.774 1.270
7 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 39 1:58.034 1.530
8 777 Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 45 1:58.048 1.544
9 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 45 1:58.073 1.569
10 33 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 46 1:58.126 1.622
11 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 60 1:58.173 1.669
12 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 41 1:58.278 1.774
13 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 56 1:58.308 1.804
14 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 58 1:58.434 1.930
15 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 55 1:58.548 2.044
16 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 45 1:58.563 2.059
17 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 35 1:58.625 2.121
18 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 30 1:58.728 2.224
19 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 53 1:59.003 2.499
20 21 Mike BUSHELL RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 32 1:59.181 2.677
21 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 53 1:59.907 3.403
22 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 38 2:01.072 4.568
23 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 28 2:01.489 4.985
24 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 25 2:03.708 7.204
25 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 36 2:07.859 11.355
26 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 38 2:12.487 15.983

Morning session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 27 1:56.504 0.000
2 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 30 1:57.261 0.757
3 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 26 1:57.474 0.970
4 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 31 1:57.534 1.030
5 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 1:57.649 1.145
6 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 44 1:57.774 1.270
7 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 28 1:58.034 1.530
8 777 Michael CREES BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 40 1:58.048 1.544
9 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 39 1:58.073 1.569
10 33 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 35 1:58.126 1.622
11 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 37 1:58.173 1.669
12 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 1:58.278 1.774
13 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 35 1:58.308 1.804
14 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 33 1:58.434 1.930
15 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 26 1:58.548 2.044
16 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 28 1:58.563 2.059
17 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 1:58.625 2.121
18 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 23 1:58.728 2.224
19 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 40 1:59.003 2.499
20 21 Mike BUSHELL RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 16 1:59.181 2.677
21 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 39 1:59.907 3.403
22 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 8 2:01.072 4.568
23 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 18 2:01.489 4.985
24 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 12 2:03.708 7.204
25 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 11 2:07.859 11.355
26 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 11 2:12.487 15.983

Afternoon session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 21 2:03.496 0.000
2 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 2:03.692 0.196
3 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 17 2:06.955 3.459
4 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 25 2:12.197 8.701
5 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 11 2:13.881 10.385
6 21 Mike BUSHELL RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 16 2:14.393 10.897
7 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 22 2:14.440 10.944
8 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 13 2:14.622 11.126
9 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 23 2:14.837 11.341
10 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 2:14.898 11.402
11 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 25 2:15.217 11.721
12 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 2:15.584 12.088
13 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 13 2:15.592 12.096
14 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 29 2:15.820 12.324
15 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 30 2:15.931 12.435
16 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 8 2:16.092 12.596
17 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 6 2:17.220 13.724
18 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 7 2:17.777 14.281
19 33 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 11 2:17.799 14.303
20 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 9 2:18.318 14.822
21 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 13 2:18.996 15.500
22 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 14 2:20.234 16.738
23 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 10 2:20.704 17.208
24 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 4 2:21.200 17.704
25 777 Michael CREES BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 5 4:35.052 31.556