Eurotech Racing's Jeff Smith ended today's British Touring Car Championship test day at Thruxton fastest of all after topping the final session in lap-record form.

Having already set the pace during the morning session, the Eurotech team boss repeated the feat later in the afternoon by beating Tom Ingram's pole position record from 2016 in the process with a 1 minute 15.941s effort.

The final session of the afternoon was dominated by Honda machinery as reigning champion Gordon Shedden completed the test in second position ahead of the sister Eurotech Civic Type-R of Jack Goff in third while Matt Neal was fourth ahead of Donington winner Aiden Moffat.

Each of the top-three dipped under Ingram's existing lap-record {1 minute 16.161s] while Neal was just shy of the target in fourth.

Elsewhere, championship leader Ingram was ninth quickest for Speedworks Motorsport during the final 45-minute session, just a shade over a second behind Smith's lap record pace.

"The car felt good and to be honest with you, there's still some more in it," said Smith.

"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!"

With the events of Donington Park still firmly on everyone's mind, the TOCA paddock continued to show its support towards Billy Monger following his British F4 accident last Sunday.

Many drivers took part in the test with special #BillyWhizz stickers emblazoned on the side of their cars.

The BTCC also announced today that all 32-cars will carry the message #BillyWhizz on the number plate area of each car, in place of the regular Dunlop advertising, during the Thruxton meeting in just over two-weeks time.

"In reality there is very little we can all do to help Billy, other than to show our great support for him," said Series Director Alan Gow.

"So, this message of support on our cars will be seen by literally millions of viewers around the world and hopefully may even bring a little smile to his face.

"Everyone is right behind you Billy!"

 

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