Three-time title winner Sutton, who has switched to a Motorbase Performance-run Ford Focus for this season, stamped in a time with slightly below 10 minutes remaining within the afternoon to eclipse the morning better of Jake Hill by zero.137 seconds.
It was a qualifying simulation for Sutton, who switched on his headlights within the gloom in case anybody was in the best way – they weren’t – and produced a kerb-smothering particular to vault to the highest.
Quickest within the afternoon to that time, though he hadn’t improved upon Hill’s morning greatest, was Dan Rowbottom, who finally discovered himself trailing the NAPA Racing-liveried Ford by zero.232s.
“We ran by the check plan, the adjustments we wished to make, they usually appeared to steer the automotive in route,” Sutton advised Autosport.
“Everybody was chasing tyres by the tip of the day [on the high-wear sweeping bends], nevertheless it was good to make enhancements by way of steadiness.”
Sutton, whose greatest time was 1m15.607s, stated he set that point on new Goodyear tyres, and identified that almost all laps from the low-1m16s down would in all probability be on contemporary rubber.
“That lap was simply so we received an inkling of what it’s like at full tempo,” he added. “It was sort of as anticipated, though it wasn’t good.”
Hill led the morning session from Tom Ingram by zero.215s, and that efficiency was ok for second general on the day as he gears up for his maiden season in a West Surrey Racing-fielded BMW 330e M Sport.
Rowbottom’s afternoon greatest was ok for third on the day and better of the Staff Dynamics Honda Civic Kind Rs.
The bearded Midlander did many of the workforce’s operating because of a weird conflict within the morning session between his team-mate Gordon Shedden and the WSR BMW of Stephen Jelley.
Gordon Shedden tangled with Stephen Jelley in weird conflict
Photograph by: Steve Hindle
Each had been on out-laps on the time after a purple flag, and the harm compelled each groups into prolonged restore jobs.
Jelley emerged mid-afternoon, whereas Shedden lastly received out with round 40 minutes remaining, and set a time ok for fifth general.
In between the 2 Hondas was the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N of Ingram, who was within the high 5 in each periods with the brand new bespoke Hyundai engine produced by long-time tin-top energy specialist Swindon.
The second of the NAPA/Motorbase Fords, pushed by Dan Cammish, wound up in sixth spot, with the BMWs of Adam Morgan (Ciceley Motorsport) and four-time champion Colin Turkington (WSR) subsequent up.
Turkington was on a prolonged race run, setting a string of 1m16s, when Sutton and Shedden slammed of their late enhancements.
Dan Lloyd regarded good within the second of the Excelr8 Hyundais to go ninth, whereas veteran two-time champion Jason Plato rounded out the highest 10 on the day in his BTC Racing Honda.
Plato was the quickest of the drivers powered by the brand new M-Sport TOCA buyer engine, along with his team-mate, Thruxton specialist Josh Prepare dinner, in 12th place after an overheating exhaust melted the brake strains.