Onslow-Cole sets pace at Donington

Tom Onslow-Cole set the pace in the opening free practice session for this weekend's British Touring Car Championship round at Donington Park

Onslow-Cole sets pace at Donington

The 20-year-old Vauxhall driver, who had been quick throughout the 40-minute session, lapped the circuit in 1:12.544 with 90 seconds remaining to knock Gordon Shedden's Team Halfords Honda off the top spot by 0.109 seconds.

Reigning champion Fabrizio Giovanardi was third in the second of the Vauxhalls, while Jason Plato and Darren Turner completed the top five in the two works SEAT Leon TDIs.

Matt Neal's Vauxhall and Tom Chilton's Halfords Honda were next up with Mat Jackson the best BMW driver in eighth place for the BMW Dealer UK Team.

Colin Turkington's Team RAC BMW and Matt Allison's Robertshaw Chevrolet completed the top 10 with Andrew Jordan 11th and less then a second off the pace in his Eurotech Honda.

Stephen Jelley went off the circuit at the Old Hairpin in his RAC BMW, which suffered only very light front-end damage after being beached in the gravel.

Pos Driver               Team         Time         Gap
 1. Tom Onslow-Cole      Vauxhall     1:12.544       
 2. Gordon Shedden       Honda        1:12.653  +0.109
 3. Fabrizio Giovanardi  Vauxhall     1:12.835  +0.291
 4. Jason Plato          SEAT         1:12.878  +0.334
 5. Darren Turner        SEAT         1:12.970  +0.426
 6. Matt Neal            Vauxhall     1:13.021  +0.477
 7. Tom Chilton          Honda        1:13.226  +0.682
 8. Mat Jackson          BMW          1:13.332  +0.788
 9. Colin Turkington     BMW          1:13.348  +0.804
10. Matt Allison         Chevrolet    1:13.409  +0.865
11. Andrew Jordan        Honda        1:13.460  +0.916
12. Steven Kane          BMW          1:13.601  +1.057
13. Mike Jordan          Honda        1:13.607  +1.063
14. Adam Jones           SEAT         1:13.751  +1.207
15. Rob Collard          BMW          1:13.879  +1.335
16. Harry Vaulkhard      Chevrolet    1:14.026  +1.482
17. Jason Hughes         Honda        1:14.098  +1.554
18. Stephen Jelley       BMW          1:14.228  +1.684
19. Michael Doyle        Honda        1:14.793  +2.249
20. Martyn Bell          Vauxhall     1:15.118  +2.574
21. John George          Honda        1:15.550  +3.006
22. Stuart Oliver        Lexus        1:15.551  +3.007
23. Alan Taylor          Honda        1:15.593  +3.049

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