Adam Morgan heads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice

Adam Morgan heads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice

Adam Morgan
Photo: BTCC Media

Adam Morgan led a Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1-2 in first practice for the British Touring Car Championship season finale at Brands Hatch, with team-mate Aiden Moffat two tenths behind.

Morgan went to the top of the times approximately half-way through the 45-minute session, putting in a lap of 1 minute 31.961 seconds to edge out early pace-setter Mike Epps and Subaru’s Ash Sutton.

As the session continued, Morgan was then bettered by his Ciceley team-mate Moffat, who put his A-Class in first after 35 minutes had elapsed with an effort of 1:31.923.

However with just over two minutes still to run Morgan then went back to the times with a lap of 1:31.698 to reign supreme at the end of the first BTCC action of the weekend.

Behind second-placed Moffat, Eurotech Racing’s Brett Smith was third fastest, just under three tenths off the pace, and Árón Taylor-Smith put his MG in fourth fastest with an impressive lap that was just 0.318 seconds off the pace.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram, who is vying for third overall in the drivers’ championship standings, was fifth fastest, ahead of Motorbase’s Mat Jackson in sixth.

Honda’s Gordon Shedden, who is in a battle with Ingram for third in the standings, was seventh fastest, ahead of a strong showing by BTC Norlin Racing’s Dave Newsham in eighth.

Championship challenger Ash Sutton was the best of the Subarus in ninth, with BMW’s Andrew Jordan completing the top ten. Sutton’s title rival Colin Turkington ended the session in 15th, some seven tenths off the pace and just over two tenths slower than Sutton.

There were no significant issues for any drivers, which took place on a cool and dry track, with the sun just starting to break through the Kent skies towards the end of the session.

Second practice takes place at 12:05 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 1:31.698 0.000
2 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:31.923 0.225
3 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:31.991 0.293
4 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 17 1:32.016 0.318
5 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 10 1:32.022 0.324
6 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 1:32.122 0.424
7 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:32.150 0.452
8 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 19 1:32.176 0.478
9 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:32.203 0.505
10 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:32.272 0.574
11 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 18 1:32.274 0.576
12 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 19 1:32.335 0.637
13 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:32.379 0.681
14 6 Rory BUTCHER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 19 1:32.403 0.705
15 4 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:32.416 0.718
16 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 1:32.504 0.806
17 20 James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 19 1:32.522 0.824
18 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 1:32.531 0.833
19 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:32.655 0.957
20 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 16 1:32.676 0.978
21 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 17 1:32.745 1.047
22 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:32.799 1.101
23 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 19 1:32.836 1.138
24 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 20 1:32.913 1.215
25 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 18 1:32.959 1.261
26 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:32.967 1.269
27 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 14 1:33.030 1.332
28 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 17 1:33.049 1.351
29 2 Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:33.120 1.422
30 28 Josh PRICE A-Plan Academy Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:33.613 1.915
31 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 20 1:34.795 3.097