Two in two for Eurotech’s Smith
Eurotech Racing’s Jeff Smith lapped fastest in this afternoon’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship test session from Thruxton, completing a double on the day after his timesheet topper set during this morning’s running.
Smith was joined by three more Honda Civic Type Rs in the top four in Gordon Shedden, Jack Goff and Matt Neal, respectively. The lead three of that quartet also lapped well inside Tom Ingram’s qualifying lap record set last year around the Hampshire circuit.
“The car felt good and to be honest with you, there’s still some more in it,” said Smith.
“It’s quite a hard thing to get around Thruxton. There’s obviously a lot of high speed areas where you need stability in the car and then there’s the technical areas where you need good rotation so it’s hard to find that compromise between the two.
“We’re fairly close. The big chunks are easy to find it’s the little ones that aren’t. We made quite a big change prior to session two with the intention of that being a subtle change to the car – trying to find a different way of achieving the same thing through the high speed stuff.
“I normally go pretty well around here and you have to say after that, that if I can put in a lap like that on Quali day then that’d suit us!”
Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat was the first of the non-Honda runners in his Mercedes-Benz A-Class, followed by the sister Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes of Adam Morgan in sixth.
2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – TOCA Test, Afternoon – Thruxton
1 Jeff SMITH (GBR) Eurotech Racing 1m15.941s (111.68 mph)
2 Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.095s
3 Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing +0.151s
4 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.273s
5 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.662s
6 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +0.772s
7 Jake HILL (GBR) TAG Racing +0.850s
8 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.913s
9 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +1.017s
10 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +1.088s
11 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +1.221s
12 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +1.342s
13 Mat Jackson (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +1.344s
14 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +1.388s
15 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +1.407s
16 Luke DAVENPORT (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +1.476s
17 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +1.520s
18 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +1.549s
19 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +1.825s
20 Josh COOK (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +1.837s
21 Will BURNS (GBR) Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing +1.968s