Brands Hatch BTCC: Turkington leads title rival Cammish in practice

Points leader Colin Turkington and nearest title rival Dan Cammish set the pace in first practice for the British Touring Car Championship season finale at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch BTCC: Turkington leads title rival Cammish in practice

Greasy conditions meant two red flag stoppages killed off a quarter of the 40-minute session as BMW 330i M Sport driver Turkington set a benchmark time of 1m42.122s on slick tyres.

He enters the final three races with a 16-point cushion over Cammish, and carries the full 54kg of success ballast through both practice sessions, qualifying and race one.

Team Dynamics driver Cammish was just 0.03 seconds shy of Turkington around the Grand Prix layout, with his Honda Civic Type R carrying 6kg less weight.

The slippery circuit twice caught drivers out at the Druids hairpin, with Team Hard driver Michael Crees causing a red flag when he bedded his Volkswagen CC into the gravel after 15 minutes.

Returning BTCC driver Michael Caine suffered a near carbon copy when the session resumed, with his Motorbase Ford Focus RS requiring recovery.

Although the top 15 cars lapped within 1s of Turkington, third fastest Ash Sutton was 0.217s off the top time, with Aidan Moffat fourth in the Infiniti Q50.

Stephen Jelley was fifth, meaning the top four runners were in rear-wheel-drive machinery.

Behind Matt Simpson was Andrew Jordan, Turkington's team-mate and third in the points.

The 2013 champion is entering what is expected to be his last BTCC round after the withdrawal of title sponsor Pirtek, and was 0.432s off the pace.

Jordan, who scored the new 3 Series' first win on the Indy circuit during the season-opening round, holds a 17-point deficit in the standings.

Outside title contenders Tom Ingram and Josh Cook wound up eighth and 13th respectively.

Practice one times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m42.122s - 13
2 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 1m42.152s 0.030s 14
3 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 1m42.339s 0.217s 13
4 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Infiniti 1m42.370s 0.248s 17
5 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 1m42.423s 0.301s 17
6 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 1m42.511s 0.389s 17
7 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m42.554s 0.432s 13
8 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m42.627s 0.505s 13
9 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 1m42.635s 0.513s 15
10 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 1m42.673s 0.551s 15
11 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m42.681s 0.559s 11
12 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 1m42.729s 0.607s 14
13 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 1m42.765s 0.643s 16
14 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 1m42.839s 0.717s 12
15 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 1m43.044s 0.922s 16
16 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 1m43.184s 1.062s 19
17 Mike Bushell AmD Tuning Honda 1m43.336s 1.214s 17
18 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 1m43.403s 1.281s 14
19 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m43.413s 1.291s 15
20 Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 1m43.454s 1.332s 14
21 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 1m43.495s 1.373s 14
22 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 1m43.507s 1.385s 15
23 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 1m43.812s 1.690s 15
24 Michael Caine Motorbase Performance Ford 1m43.920s 1.798s 7
25 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 1m44.103s 1.981s 5
26 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m44.224s 2.102s 11
27 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 1m44.516s 2.394s 17
28 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m44.859s 2.737s 13
29 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 1m44.917s 2.795s 6
30 Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 1m45.194s 3.072s 16


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