Turkington fastest in Knockhill BTCC practice

Matt James
This article first appeared on autosport.com

Colin Turkington set the fastest time over the two free practice sessions ahead of British Touring Car Championship qualifying at Knockhill later this afternoon.

The Northern Irishman left it late in the second 40-minute period – which had been briefly red-flagged to replace a dislodged foam track edge marker – to claim the best lap time with a 52.336s.

The double champion and WSR BMW 125i M Sport driver was just 0.046s ahead of the Team BMR Subaru of Ash Sutton, while Sutton’s team-mate James Cole turned heads with the third fastest time.

Matt Neal was another to leave it late to bank his lap, leaping up to fourth spot with a 52.479s in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R.

Jack Goff, in a Eurotech Racing Honda Civic, was fifth.

Andrew Jordan, who had a coil pack change between the first and second sessions, placed sixth in his WSR BMW, ahead of BMR’s Jason Plato and local driver Aiden Moffat in his Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Championship leader Gordon Shedden could only manage 11th in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R.

Mike Epps (Team Hard VW CC) was forced to stop with a power steering problem, while the Triple Eight car of Josh Cook was also unable to complete the session with an oil leak.

The team is facing a race against time to change the engine on the MG6 before qualifying, which takes place at 1610hrs.

Ingram had topped the opening 40-minute session in a wet-but-drying session with a 53.425s.

Sutton had topped much of the early running ahead of team-mate Plato, before the track began to dry and others bolted on slick tyres.

Goff, whose wing mirror fell off during the session, was second quickest.

Mat Jackson (Motorbase Performance Ford Focus) was third in the opening practice while Rob Collard (WSR BMW) was fourth.

Senna Proctor (Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra) stopped his car on circuit late on in the session when he felt something loose in the back of the machine and parked up on the pit exit to avoid further problems.

Practice one results:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 53.425s
2 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 0.642s
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 0.681s
4 Rob Collard WSR BMW 0.898s
5 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 1.051s
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1.112s
7 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1.143s
8 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 1.149s
9 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1.167s
10 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1.301s
11 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 1.427s
12 Rory Butcher Motorbase Ford 1.570s
13 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1.594s
14 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1.772s
15 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 2.000s
16 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 3.301s
17 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 3.321s
18 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 3.346s
19 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 3.611s
20 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 3.685s
21 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 3.734s
22 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 4.107s
23 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 4.231s
24 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 4.480s
25 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 4.541s
26 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 4.565s
27 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 4.631s
28 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 4.649s
29 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 4.732s
30 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 4.923s
31 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 4.986s
32 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 5.121s

Practice two results:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 52.336s
2 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 0.046s
3 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 0.139s
4 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.143s
5 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 0.176s
6 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 0.227s
7 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.238s
8 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.277s
9 Rob Collard WSR BMW 0.327s
10 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 0.335s
11 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.349s
12 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.411s
13 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.422s
14 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 0.426s
15 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.449s
16 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 0.461s
17 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.487s
18 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.489s
19 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 0.533s
20 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.536s
21 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 0.543s
22 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 0.564s
23 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.645s
24 Rory Butcher Motorbase Ford 0.776s
25 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 0.874s
26 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 0.896s
27 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 1.019s
28 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1.032s
29 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1.125s
30 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1.354s
31 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 1.547s
32 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 2.042s

 

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