Smith on top in Thruxton BTCC test

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.

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Smith was joined by three more Honda Civic Type Rs in the top four in Gordon Shedden, Jack Goff and Matt Neal. That quartet also lapped well inside Tom Ingram’s qualifying lap record set last year around the Hampshire circuit.

Billy Monger appeal raises double target in first day

An appeal to raise money for double-amputee racing driver Billy Monger has reached more than its initial target in the first 24 hours since it was launched.

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The fundraising campaign, set up by Billy's team manager Steven Hunter and BTCC driver Tom Ingram, had started with a target of £260,000 yesterday afternoon, but had reach that level within six hours, and stands at over £540,000 after the first day.

Billy Monger loses lower legs in Donington Park F4 crash

The family of teenage racing driver Billy Monger has confirmed that he has had both lower legs amputated following an accident at Donington Park on Sunday afternoon.

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The 17 year old from Surrey crashed heavily in the sixth round of the F4 British Championship at the Leicestershire circuit, and was airlifted to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham after a lengthy extraction procedure.

Austin gets Donington pole after Sutton disqualified for technical infringement

Rob Austin will start the first of tomorrow's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races from pole position after Ashley Sutton, who set the fastest time in this afternoon's qualifying session, had his time deleted.

Sutton had set a new lap record with a time of 1:09.412, a tenth of a second faster than the Toyota of Austin, but post-qualifying checks on his car found it was running with illegal boost levels on its turbo engine.

The VW CC of Jake Hill, which had qualified sixth, has also been excluded from the session.

Sutton takes pole for Subaru at Donington Park

Ashley Sutton set a sensational pace in Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship qualifying at Donington Park, producing a new lap record on his way to taking pole position for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing.

The Subaru squad had been off the pace during the opening at Brands Hatch, and again during practice at the Leicestershire circuit earlier today, but young gun Sutton produced heroics to take the spoils.

Spoils shared at BTCC opener

Tom Ingram, Gordon Shedden and Andrew Jordan took a win apiece as the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship got underway at Brands Hatch this weekend.

Jeff Smith had secured the first pole position of the new campaign during mixed conditions on Saturday, but the experienced Eurotech Racing driver couldn’t hang on at the front once the lights went out for Sunday’s season-opener.