BTCC Croft: Ash Sutton leads wet practice running for Team BMR

Ash Sutton continued his upturn in form in the British Touring Car Championship by topping the two wet free practice sessions ahead of the three races at Croft tomorrow

BTCC Croft: Ash Sutton leads wet practice running for Team BMR

The Team BMR driver was nearly half a second clear in his Subaru Levorg in the opening session before heading the timesheets again in the second 40-minute period.

Sutton, who is sixth in the points after 12 rounds and won last time out at Oulton Park, said: "This is a circuit I have always clicked with, and it is where I took my maiden BTCC win for MG last year.

"I seem to have an affinity with the place.

"It is nice to be top of the times, but the weather is constantly changing, so it is hard to know how much we can rely on the order at the moment.

"If it dries out for qualifying this afternoon, it could all be different."

Sutton beat the Team Dynamics Honda of Matt Simpson in the opening session, with Jason Plato in third.

In session two, which featured slightly slower times due to heavier rain, Sutton was in front of factory Team Dynamics pair Gordon Shedden - carrying the full 75kg of success ballast - and Matt Neal, who survived a lurid spin coming out of the chicane half way through FP2.

The major casualty of the initial running was Tom Ingram, who came to the meeting in third place in the points standings.

His Toyota Avensis, which is carrying 57kg of success ballast, slewed wide on the exit of the chicane towards the end of FP1, and suffered significant damage.

Despite the best efforts of the Speedworks Motorsport team to get the car fixed in time for some track time in FP2, the damage was too much and he wasn't able to record a lap time.

PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m31.657s - 17
2 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m32.086s 0.429s 12
3 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m32.101s 0.444s 17
4 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m32.277s 0.620s 14
5 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m32.345s 0.688s 14
6 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m32.375s 0.718s 15
7 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m32.568s 0.911s 15
8 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 1m32.605s 0.948s 17
9 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1m32.824s 1.167s 17
10 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m32.842s 1.185s 15
11 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m32.934s 1.277s 19
12 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m32.947s 1.290s 18
13 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m32.970s 1.313s 15
14 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m32.976s 1.319s 15
15 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 1m33.000s 1.343s 21
16 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m33.048s 1.391s 16
17 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m33.065s 1.408s 17
18 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m33.120s 1.463s 11
19 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m33.220s 1.563s 17
20 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m33.278s 1.621s 14
21 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m33.293s 1.636s 17
22 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 1m33.325s 1.668s 18
23 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 1m33.593s 1.936s 13
24 Dennis Strandberg Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m33.694s 2.037s 17
25 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m33.705s 2.048s 14
26 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m33.710s 2.053s 12
27 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m33.808s 2.151s 16
28 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m33.820s 2.163s 15
29 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 1m34.125s 2.468s 19
30 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1m34.162s 2.505s 18
31 Luke Davenport Motorbase Ford 1m34.173s 2.516s 17
32 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1m34.177s 2.520s 16

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m32.254s - 18
2 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m32.715s 0.461s 14
3 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m32.953s 0.699s 14
4 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m32.989s 0.735s 15
5 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m33.046s 0.792s 15
6 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m33.182s 0.928s 15
7 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 1m33.236s 0.982s 16
8 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m33.303s 1.049s 17
9 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m33.321s 1.067s 17
10 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m33.387s 1.133s 16
11 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m33.408s 1.154s 18
12 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m33.549s 1.295s 16
13 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m33.584s 1.330s 13
14 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m33.922s 1.668s 17
15 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m33.933s 1.679s 18
16 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m33.965s 1.711s 17
17 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m33.997s 1.743s 16
18 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m34.054s 1.800s 20
19 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m34.059s 1.805s 15
20 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m34.087s 1.833s 16
21 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m34.154s 1.900s 19
22 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 1m34.191s 1.937s 19
23 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 1m34.391s 2.137s 17
24 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 1m34.502s 2.248s 12
25 Dennis Strandberg Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m34.524s 2.270s 18
26 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1m34.547s 2.293s 17
27 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m34.579s 2.325s 13
28 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1m34.588s 2.334s 15
29 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 1m34.905s 2.651s 16
30 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1m35.177s 2.923s 14
31 Luke Davenport Motorbase Ford 1m35.635s 3.381s 12

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