Hughes tops first major test

MG's Warren Hughes led the opening major test of the 2003 British Touring Car Championship season at Brands Hatch on Wednesday

Hughes tops first major test

Hughes lapped his works-entered MG ZS around the Indy circuit in 49.219s, over a tenth of a second clear of new Honda recruit Matt Neal. Colin Turkington backed up Hughes' time in the second MG, ahead of the first Vauxhall Astra, the privately-entered GA Motorsport machine of talented Scot Gavin Pyper.

"We haven't gone for outright times today, and in particular we're still learning about the new Dunlop tyres, but it's nice to be able to pretty much match last year's pole time here," said Hughes. "We've always been strong at Brands, we won both rounds here last August, so to come back from Mondello Park [the opening round] with plenty of points could play nicely into our hands. I think with the work we've done it's probably fair to say I'm cautiously optimistic for the season ahead."

Last year's champion James Thompson was only eighth fastest for the works Vauxhall team, with colleagues Yvan Muller and Paul O'Neill fifth and sixth respectively.


1 Warren Hughes works MG ZS 49.219s 47
2 Matt Neal works Honda Civic 49.343s 56
3 Colin Turkington works MG ZS 49.460s 28
4 Gavin Pyper GA Vauxhall Astra 49.519s 33
5 Yvan Muller works Vauxhall Astra 49.574s 74
6 Paul O'Neill works Vauxhall Astra 49.608s 76
7 Anthony Reid works MG ZS 49.616s 72
8 James Thompson works Vauxhall Astra 49.625s 83
9 Tom Chilton works Honda Civic 49.649s 69
10 Phil Bennett works Proton Impian 49.813s 50

shares
comments
MG expands to three works cars

Previous article

MG expands to three works cars

Next article

F1 designer pens new Peugeot 307

F1 designer pens new Peugeot 307
Load comments
The green light shining for the BTCC's hybrid future Plus

The green light shining for the BTCC's hybrid future

The Cosworth Electronics-developed BTCC hybrid system made its public debut in the most recent round at Silverstone. It's simple, but could significantly change the series' technical challenges for both the drivers and the teams

BTCC
Oct 9, 2021
The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years Plus

The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years

The Imps of George Bevan became famous in British Saloon Car Championship competition during the early 1970s. Thanks to the efforts of a small band of enthusiasts, including Bevan's grandson Jonathan, one of the ex-Bill McGovern title winners has recently returned to the race track

Historics
Sep 30, 2021
The increasingly varied CV behind a new BTCC title challenger Plus

The increasingly varied CV behind a new BTCC title challenger

A driver with limited funds behind him, it’s been a tough road to the top of the British Touring Car Championship for Jake Hill. Now he’s a title contender, accomplished historic racer and in-demand coach. It’s a great life for this self-confessed motorsport junkie

BTCC
Aug 26, 2021
The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great Plus

The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great

Already established as a formidable force in the British Saloon Car Championship, the Triumph Dolomite became a legend in 1977 when Tony Dron's Broadspeed machine frequently embarrassed the mighty Capris

BTCC
May 18, 2021
Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Plus

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s plenty of talking points elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action

BTCC
May 7, 2021
The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best Plus

The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best

The Lancashire squad of Ciceley Motorsport has been a BTCC race winner for several years with Adam Morgan and Mercedes. But the switch to WSR-built BMWs and addition of Tom Chilton as a true barometer for Morgan should see the team step up into title contention

BTCC
May 6, 2021
How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC Plus

How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC

After topping the times at the end of British Touring Car Championship pre-season testing, it feels like Gordon Shedden has never been away. But after plenty of changes behind the scenes, the three-time champion is bedding himself in to pick up where he left off

BTCC
May 5, 2021
Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out' Plus

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out'

After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes

BTCC
May 4, 2021