BTCC Brands Hatch: Josh Cook tops practice ahead of season finale

Triple Eight MG racer Josh Cook topped both free practice sessions ahead of the British Touring Car Championship showdown at Brands Hatch on Sunday

BTCC Brands Hatch: Josh Cook tops practice ahead of season finale

Both of the 40-minute sessions were affected by rain, which is expected to continue into the afternoon and blight qualifying, which takes place at 15:40 local time.

Cook topped the times in the opening session in the morning with a 1m40.042s lap, ahead of Mat Jackson (Motorbase Performance Ford Focus) and Rob Austin (Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis).

In the second session, the MG6 racer headed Jackson and Speedworks Toyota Avensis driver Tom Ingram with a lap of 1m43.790s.

Championship leader Sam Tordoff, carrying 75kg of ballast in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport, was 12th in the opening session and 14th in the second.

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His main rivals for the championship, factory Honda Civic Type R drivers Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal, were fourth and 12th in the second session.

Second practice was interrupted when Matt Simpson slid off the circuit at Paddock Hill Bend, and then it was halted later on when he went off the track again at Druids and knocked the rear wing off the Speedworks Motorsport Honda Civic Type R.

A third red flag came with five minutes to go when Stewart Lines went off at Paddock in his Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus.

Last year's pole time was Mat Jackson with a 1m 30.685s, set on a dry circuit.

FIRST PRACTICE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m40.042s 17
2 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 0.366s 16
3 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 0.894s 18
4 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1.166s 17
5 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1.479s 15
6 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 2.014s 18
7 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 2.045s 15
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 2.094s 14
9 Rob Collard WSR BMW 2.502s 16
10 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 2.537s 15
11 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 2.579s 20
12 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 2.863s 16
13 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 2.896s 17
14 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 3.072s 15
15 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 3.319s 14
16 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 3.742s 14
17 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 3.755s 14
18 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 3.771s 17
19 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 3.867s 16
20 Jack Goff WSR BMW 4.297s 14
21 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 4.352s 17
22 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 4.371s 18
23 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 4.492s 18
24 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 4.500s 19
25 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 4.511s 13
26 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 4.752s 21
27 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 4.895s 14
28 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 5.095s 19
29 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 5.447s 11
30 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 5.624s 16
31 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 6.389s 16

SECOND PRACTICE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m43.790s 16
2 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 0.267s 16
3 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0.293s 14
4 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.330s 15
5 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 0.427s 14
6 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 0.440s 15
7 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 0.669s 14
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.680s 15
9 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 0.709s 16
10 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 0.766s 14
11 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 0.840s 15
12 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.867s 13
13 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 1.266s 10
14 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 1.292s 14
15 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1.358s 15
16 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1.418s 15
17 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1.619s 14
18 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1.729s 17
19 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1.749s 14
20 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1.980s 17
21 Jack Goff WSR BMW 2.318s 14
22 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 2.365s 16
23 Rob Collard WSR BMW 2.392s 13
24 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 2.840s 12
25 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 3.213s 14
26 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 3.381s 6
27 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 3.462s 15
28 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 3.956s 15
29 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 4.027s 14
30 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 7.650s 14
31 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford - 1

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