Turkington Tops Snetterton Dunlop Tyre Test


British Touring Car Championship leader Colin Turkington topped Tuesday’s official Dunlop tyre test at Snetterton’s 300 circuit, while Chevrolet youngster Aiden Moffat was a star performer of the afternoon by clocking the second-fastest time of the day.

A total of 19 drivers took part in Tuesday’s action over two separate sessions during the day, staged for the championship’s tyre supplier, Dunlop, to conduct testing that included comparing their German-made 2015 tyres with current specification rubber.

BMW driver Turkington, who leads the series by 23 points after three podiums in last weekend’s trio of races at the same Norfolk venue, set the best lap time of the day during the afternoon session of 1m57.048s, completing a combined total of 98 laps. The time would in fact have been enough for the West Surrey Racing driver to qualify on the front row of the grid during last weekend’s Snetterton outing, a mere tenth slower than his ultimate second place qualifying effort.

With teams running different tyre compounds, used rubber and unknown fuel loads, details regarding each driver remained unpublished.

Aiden Moffat 2014 Snetterton BTCC
Moffat smashed his own qualifying effort (Photo: btcc.net)

What was very obvious to all was the alarming pace of Scottish teenager Moffat, the 17-year-old ending the session with the second-fastest time of the day in his Chevrolet Cruze.

His time of 1.57.349s – also set in the afternoon session – was 1.4s faster than what he managed in qualifying last Saturday and would have put him sixth on the grid overall, the time set using fresh Dunlops and a Cruze set up in qualifying trim.

The Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram had topped the morning session with an effort of 1m57.634s, one which he couldn’t better in the afternoon as the 2013 Ginetta GT Supercup champion finished third in the combined classification come the day’s climax.

Alain Menu‘s BMR Racing Volkswagen CC and the Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan were the only other runners to dip under the 1m58s barrier, while Sunday’s race three winner, Aron Smith, completed the top six for BMR.

The top 10 combined classification was rounded out by Mat Jackson (Airwaves Ford), Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing), Fabrizio Giovanardi (Airwaves Ford) and Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing), as just over half the official BTCC field took part in the day’s on-track action.

BRDC Rising Star Jake Hill joined the test and shared an AmD Tuning Ford Focus ST with the team’s regular driver, Dave Newsham, completing 19 laps in the afternoon session and ending just over 0.3s slower than former Renault UK Clio Cup champion Newsham in the morning, but 0.3s quicker in the afternoon.

BMR’s Jack Goff and Warren Scott were also present, as were Handy Motorsport‘s Simon Belcher, the Welch Motorsport Protons of Dan Welch and Ollie Jackson and the Audis of Rob Austin and Hunter Abbott.

Most notable absentees were Triple EightEurotech RacingRotek Racing, JWT Performance, United Autosports and BTC Racing, while Turkington was the only WSR BMW driver present. Jack Clarke was also absent for Motorbase, who reduced their running in Tuesday’s test.

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Combined Dunlop Test Results (Snetterton):

1)

Colin Turkington (WSR BMW)

1m57.048s

2)

Aiden Moffat (Moffat Chevrolet)

+0.301s

3)

Tom Ingram (Speedworks Toyota)

+0.586s

4)

Alain Menu (BMR VW)

+0.853s

5)

Adam Morgan (Ciceley Mercedes)

+0.921s

6)

Aron Smith (BMR VW)

+1.085s

7)

Mat Jackson (Airwaves Ford)

+1.248s

8)

Gordon Shedden (Yuasa Honda)

+1.251s

9)

Fabrizio Giovanardi (Airwaves Ford)

+1.335s

10)

Matt Neal (Yuasa Honda)

+1.367s