Silverstone BTCC: Hard's Bushell, Ciceley's Oliphant top practice

Team Hard Volkswagen CC driver Mike Bushell headed the combined timesheets after two 40-minute practice sessions for the 2018 British Touring Car Championship's penultimate meeting at Silverstone

Silverstone BTCC: Hard's Bushell, Ciceley's Oliphant top practice

Bushell was second in the opening session in the morning, before eclipsing his time in the second period to clock a 56.423-second lap around the 1.64-mile track.

"The times are so close, so I am delighted to be at the front," he said.

"We have put the car back to where we had it at Rockingham [where Bushell took a pair of career best sixth place finishes] and it has worked straight away.

"We made some changes that didn't work throughout the sessions and we went back to where we started from because it worked so well.

"The car felt comfortable and we hope there will be a little more to come with a few things we can do to the car before the qualifying session."

Second overall after topping the morning's session was Tom Oliphant in his Ciceley Mercedes-Benz A-Class.


"I set the time this morning with the aid of a tow from another car, and I didn't get one in the second session - despite trying - so maybe that is the difference," he said.

"We put new tyres on and the car felt good, and we have done some long runs too."


Andrew Jordan was fourth in the opening session and then second later on in his WSR BMW.

The 2013 champion, who is fourth in this year's points chase, said he was going to leave his car unchanged ahead of the afternoon's qualifying session.

"The car has been great, right from the start," he said. "There is no point changing too much because you aren't suddenly going to find a couple of tenths of a second around a track like this.

"It will be a question of keeping calm and keeping it all hooked up in qualifying, and that is what we need to do."

The HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Rob Austin was fourth in the overall times, ahead of the Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type Rs of Brett Smith and Jack Goff.

Championship leader Colin Turkington's BMW 125i M Sport was fitted with the regulation 75kg of success ballast and he was 19th and then 23rd in the times, although the Northern Irishman said that he was just working through a programme ahead of the qualifying sessions.

His major title rival, Tom Ingram in the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis, was 12th and then 25th in the timesheets, struggling with understeer on the car which is fitted with 66kg of success ballast.

Third in the points is Ash Sutton, and he has 57kg on his Team BMR Subaru Levorg. He was 17th in the opening running, but couldn't match his time in the second session and slipped to 21st.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 58.474s - 26
2 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 58.516s 0.042s 16
3 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 58.584s 0.110s 27
4 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 58.586s 0.112s 25
5 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 58.627s 0.153s 25
6 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 58.671s 0.197s 29
7 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 58.698s 0.224s 24
8 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 58.699s 0.225s 26
9 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 58.700s 0.226s 21
10 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 58.743s 0.269s 28
11 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 58.746s 0.272s 26
12 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 58.750s 0.276s 22
13 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 58.756s 0.282s 30
14 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 58.761s 0.287s 25
15 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 58.784s 0.310s 24
16 Ricky Collard WSR BMW 58.792s 0.318s 23
17 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 58.847s 0.373s 26
18 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 58.852s 0.378s 28
19 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 58.875s 0.401s 25
20 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 58.882s 0.408s 22
21 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 58.970s 0.496s 21
22 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 58.991s 0.517s 22
23 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 59.027s 0.553s 28
24 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 59.077s 0.603s 16
25 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 59.105s 0.631s 26
26 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 59.240s 0.766s 17
27 James Cole Motorbase Ford 59.429s 0.955s 22
28 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 59.529s 1.055s 27
29 Ollie Pidgley Team Hard Volkswagen 59.605s 1.131s 25
30 Ethan Hammerton Team Hard Volkswagen 59.759s 1.285s 11
31 Josh Caygill AmD Tuning MG 59.814s 1.340s 26

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 58.423s - 25
2 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 58.493s 0.070s 30
3 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 58.630s 0.207s 28
4 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 58.654s 0.231s 26
5 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 58.693s 0.270s 29
6 Ricky Collard WSR BMW 58.702s 0.279s 31
7 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 58.712s 0.289s 22
8 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 58.728s 0.305s 25
9 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 58.735s 0.312s 30
10 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 58.737s 0.314s 26
11 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 58.739s 0.316s 26
12 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 58.743s 0.320s 27
13 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 58.765s 0.342s 30
14 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 58.777s 0.354s 27
15 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 58.792s 0.369s 27
16 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 58.817s 0.394s 22
17 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 58.855s 0.432s 22
18 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 58.864s 0.441s 26
19 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 58.864s 0.441s 27
20 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 58.882s 0.459s 30
21 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 58.927s 0.504s 28
22 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 58.966s 0.543s 22
23 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 58.974s 0.551s 26
24 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 58.998s 0.575s 25
25 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 59.014s 0.591s 26
26 James Cole Motorbase Ford 59.095s 0.672s 26
27 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 59.127s 0.704s 23
28 Ollie Pidgley Team Hard Volkswagen 59.345s 0.922s 26
29 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 59.395s 0.972s 27
30 Josh Caygill AmD Tuning MG 59.728s 1.305s 24
31 Ethan Hammerton Team Hard Volkswagen 59.896s 1.473s 26

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