Ash Sutton tops second Knockhill practice despite late rear suspension failure

Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton went quickest ahead of qualifying at Knockhill in the second British Touring Car Championship practice session, setting the benchmark before a suspension failure curtailed his session early.

The 2017 champion set the early pace in the session before setting the benchmark time of 50.870s on his 11th tour putting him over a tenth clear of Tom Ingram, who recovered well from mechanical issues earlier in the session.

There was drama aplenty in the 40-minute session as drivers pushed the limits around the 1.27-mile circuit, with a red flag stoppage due to an off for James Gornall’s Audi S3 at Clark before Stephen Jelley’s BMW had a spin at the same corner when the session went back to green.

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Sutton would stop out on track due to a late right-rear suspension failure on his Infiniti Q50, pulling off onto the grass in the final sector so the session could remain green with just a few minutes to go.

Power Maxed Racing’s Mike Bushell continued his strong practice form by putting his Vauxhall Astra third in the session after placing second in the first session, while Sutton’s Laser Tools Racing team-mate Aiden Moffat enjoyed a solid result in fourth on home soil.

Oulton Park race three winner Adam Morgan completed the top five runners in his Mercedes A-Class – still within a quarter-of-a-second of Sutton’s pace-setting lap – while the best of the Excerl8 Motorsport Hyundais was Senna Proctor in sixth.

Reigning champion Colin Turkington replicated his first practice result in seventh, carrying maximum ballast aboard his WSR-run BMW 330i M Sport ahead of team-mate Tom Oliphant.

Practice one pacesetter Jake Hill only managed ninth in the second session, with Stephen Jelley’s Team Parker Racing BMW rounding out the top ten.

2019 runner-up Dan Cammish was 11th, with fellow Honda Civic Type R runner Tom Chilton the best of the BTC Racing machines in 12th.

Last year’s polesitter Rory Butcher was 13th, with Matt Neal and Sam Osborne in 14th and 15th positions respectively.

With the top ten positions separated by less than three tenths, expect even closer margins during qualifying at 15:30 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 25 50.870 0.000
2 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 15 50.998 0.128
3 21 Mike BUSHELL Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 25 51.031 0.161
4 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 33 51.062 0.192
5 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 51.094 0.224
6 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 51.103 0.233
7 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 51.110 0.240
8 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 31 51.135 0.265
9 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 27 51.153 0.283
10 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 29 51.160 0.290
11 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 23 51.181 0.311
12 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 51.181 0.311
13 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 26 51.194 0.324
14 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 21 51.197 0.327
15 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 29 51.284 0.414
16 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 26 51.298 0.428
17 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 26 51.320 0.450
18 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 26 51.500 0.630
19 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 22 51.510 0.640
20 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 25 51.517 0.647
21 777 Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 26 51.532 0.662
22 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 23 51.619 0.749
23 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 14 51.920 1.050
24 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 24 52.294 1.424
25 32 Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 31 52.306 1.436
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