BTCC Brands Hatch: Brett Smith quickest in practice for finale

Eurotech Racing driver Brett Smith was fastest across the final two British Touring Car Championship practice sessions of the season at Brands Hatch

BTCC Brands Hatch: Brett Smith quickest in practice for finale

Smith, who was drafted in for the second half of the season to replace his injured father Jeff, led a Eurotech 1-2 and a Honda 1-2-3 in the afternoon's faster second practice session.

A string of improvements towards the end of the session jumped Smith up the order, as he advanced to fourth and then second in his Civic Type R on his second set of runs.

He then produced a fastest lap of 1m31.362s to move to the top of the times, displacing team-mate Jack Goff from the top of the pile.

Smith's effort went unbeaten in the final five minutes of the session, with Goff 0.111 seconds behind and the Team Dynamics Civic of Gordon Shedden third.

Adam Morgan was the leading non-Honda in fourth in his Mercedes A-Class, 0.279s off the pace, with the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram fifth and Dave Newsham's BTC Norlin Chevrolet Cruze sixth.

Jake Hill was seventh in his Team Hard Volkswagen CC ahead of points leader Ash Sutton and his Team BMR team-mate Jason Plato in their Subaru Levorgs.

Sutton's main championship rival Colin Turkington finished the session in 18th.

WSR BMW driver Turkington reported a misfire and returned to the pits early on in FP2, but headed back to the track with 10 minutes of the session remaining.

He made another visit to the pits before completing the final couple of minutes on circuit in his 125i M Sport, but was unable to improve his time.

Sutton and Turkington had earlier finished first practice in ninth and 15th respectively.

Fastest of all in that morning session was Morgan, who recorded a best time of 1m31.698s on a greasy but drying circuit.

The Ciceley Racing driver led a Mercedes 1-2 at the head of the times, with Aiden Moffat second and 0.225s behind in his A Class.

Smith was third fastest in that session in his Eurotech Honda Civic Type R, ahead of the MG of Aron Taylor-Smith and Ingram, who remains in mathematical contention for the championship.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m31.698s 20
2 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.225s 19
3 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 0.293s 19
4 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 0.318s 17
5 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.324s 10
6 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 0.424s 15
7 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.452s 16
8 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.478s 19
9 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 0.505s 14
10 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 0.574s 16
11 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 0.576s 18
12 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 0.637s 19
13 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.681s 16
14 Rory Butcher Motorbase Ford 0.705s 19
15 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.718s 16
16 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 0.806s 20
17 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 0.824s 19
18 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.833s 20
19 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.957s 15
20 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 0.978s 16
21 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 1.047s 17
22 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1.101s 16
23 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 1.138s 19
24 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1.215s 20
25 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1.261s 18
26 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1.269s 17
27 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1.332s 14
28 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1.351s 17
29 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1.422s 14
30 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1.915s 18
31 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 3.097s 20

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m31.362s 19
2 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 0.111s 18
3 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.242s 18
4 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.279s 21
5 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.300s 14
6 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.304s 17
7 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 0.353s 15
8 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 0.388s 19
9 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.425s 18
10 Rory Butcher Motorbase Ford 0.488s 19
11 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 0.500s 11
12 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.562s 16
13 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 0.595s 17
14 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.650s 18
15 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 0.677s 19
16 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.707s 19
17 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.751s 18
18 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.764s 16
19 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 0.790s 21
20 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 0.837s 18
21 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 0.852s 19
22 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 0.930s 16
23 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.953s 18
24 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1.129s 21
25 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 1.237s 20
26 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 1.243s 16
27 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1.344s 18
28 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1.367s 18
29 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1.431s 16
30 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1.487s 17
31 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 2.590s 21


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