MG's Josh Cook sets Donington Park BTCC practice pace

Triple Eight MG6 driver Josh Cook topped both British Touring Car Championship free practice sessions at Donington Park

MG's Josh Cook sets Donington Park BTCC practice pace

The Bath racer put in two laps at the end of the second 40-minute period that would have put him top of the pile. His final benchmark was a 1m10.129s tour.

Cook, who led at Donington Park last season during only his second event in the BTCC, said: "I really enjoy this circuit and the MG has been really well balanced throughout all of the practice so far.

"This bodes well ahead of qualifying this afternoon."

Cook was 0.198 seconds clear of WSR BMW 125i M Sport ace Sam Tordoff, another to leave it to the very end of the two sessions to show his hand.

Brands Hatch race winner Tom Ingram was third in the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis having topped the timesheets for much of the second period. His laptime was 1m10.377s.

Behind Aiden Moffat, factory Honda driver Gordon Shedden, carrying 66kg of success ballast into the meeting, recorded a best time that put him fifth at the end of session two in his Civic Type R.

Points leader Matt Neal, loaded with 75kg, put his Honda Civic Type R in 17th place.

The factory Subarus were 19th (Colin Turkington), 21st (Jason Plato), 23rd (James Cole) and 29th (Warren Scott).

Scott caused the second session to be interrupted midway through when he spun his Levorg model onto the grass at the exit of the Old Hairpin.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m10.985s - 14
2 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m11.030s 0.045s 15
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 1m11.431s 0.446s 17
4 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 1m11.454s 0.469s 16
5 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 1m11.581s 0.596s 14
6 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m11.668s 0.683s 17
7 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 1m11.703s 0.718s 17
8 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 1m11.793s 0.808s 18
9 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 1m11.814s 0.829s 14
10 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m11.901s 0.916s 11
11 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m12.046s 1.061s 18
12 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m12.190s 1.205s 17
13 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m12.261s 1.276s 11
14 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 1m12.312s 1.327s 12
15 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m12.530s 1.545s 17
16 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m12.536s 1.551s 8
17 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m12.553s 1.568s 15
18 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 1m12.579s 1.594s 14
19 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 1m12.683s 1.698s 15
20 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 1m12.780s 1.795s 12
21 Jack Goff WSR BMW 1m12.900s 1.915s 10
22 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 1m13.211s 2.226s 14
23 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 1m13.236s 2.251s 16
24 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 1m13.447s 2.462s 14
25 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m13.606s 2.621s 16
26 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m13.863s 2.878s 16
27 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 1m16.318s 5.333s 13
28 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m17.275s 6.290s 9
29 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1m17.686s 6.701s 15
30 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1m20.534s 9.549s 12
31 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota - - 4

PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m10.129s - 19
2 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 1m10.327s 0.198s 16
3 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m10.377s 0.248s 19
4 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m10.455s 0.326s 18
5 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m10.485s 0.356s 16
6 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 1m10.511s 0.382s 19
7 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 1m10.557s 0.428s 17
8 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m10.611s 0.482s 17
9 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 1m10.638s 0.509s 15
10 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m10.643s 0.514s 19
11 Jack Goff WSR BMW 1m10.701s 0.572s 18
12 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m10.762s 0.633s 13
13 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 1m10.805s 0.676s 18
14 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 1m10.825s 0.696s 15
15 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m10.984s 0.855s 17
16 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1m11.033s 0.904s 17
17 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m11.191s 1.062s 16
18 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 1m11.295s 1.166s 14
19 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 1m11.298s 1.169s 16
20 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 1m11.565s 1.436s 11
21 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m11.671s 1.542s 12
22 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 1m11.673s 1.544s 14
23 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m11.769s 1.640s 21
24 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 1m11.790s 1.661s 17
25 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m11.890s 1.761s 16
26 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m11.915s 1.786s 14
27 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 1m12.325s 2.196s 7
28 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 1m13.035s 2.906s 14
29 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 1m13.201s 3.072s 9
30 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m13.754s 3.625s 16
31 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1m18.747s 8.618s 11


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