Dan Cammish heads the timesheets in wet opening practice

Dan Cammish heads the timesheets in wet opening practice

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Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish set the pace in a wet opening British Touring Car Championship practice session at Donington Park.

A quickest time of 1:19.925 in the Honda Civic Type R FK8 secured the multiple Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion the early bragging rights, with Josh Cook’s Vauxhall Astra 0.027 seconds adrift.

With consistent rainfall at the Leicestershire venue, Dunlop’s BluResponse wet tyres were the only realistic option, with the entire 32-car grid opting for the rubber.

The opening ten minutes saw a flurry of different drivers take turns atop the timesheets, with Brands Hatch winner Jack Goff, local racer Andrew Jordan, Cammish, Brett Smith and the Mercedes pairing of Aiden Moffat and Tom Oliphant all enjoying a stint out front.

Cammish eventually settled at the head of the field in a fifteen minute period that saw times tumble by nearly six seconds, and from there was never headed, despite Cook’s effort in the latter stages.

He looked set to increase his advantage further still with a new purple first sector in the closing runs, but ultimately failed to improve on his time.

The top three, therefore, finished with Cook and Jordan chasing Cammish’s coattails, with reigning champion Ashley Sutton fourth in the Subaru Levorg GT.

The pace differential between all three Levorg machines was notable, with team-mates Jason Plato and Josh Price down in the lower half of the field despite all cars now running the latest spec, Swindon-build Boxer engine.

Brett Smith reinforced Eurotech Racing’s early form in fifth ahead of Moffat and Motorbase’s James Cole.

Rory Butcher was eighth in the leading AmD-run MG6 GT, with Goff and Adam Morgan rounding out the top ten.

Chilton came next, edging out an ever-improving Matt Simpson and rookie Oliphant, with James Nash and Matt Neal – who expects the FK8 to shine this weekend on a circuit where long straights will allow its aero package to flourish – in fifteenth.

The second practice session is due to get underway in the East Midlands at 12:35.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 1:19.925 0.000
2 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 17 1:19.952 0.027
3 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:20.357 0.432
4 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:20.415 0.490
5 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 19 1:20.479 0.554
6 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 23 1:20.501 0.576
7 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 1:20.534 0.609
8 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 25 1:20.629 0.704
9 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 22 1:20.748 0.823
10 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 1:20.768 0.843
11 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 21 1:20.820 0.895
12 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 25 1:20.833 0.908
13 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 23 1:20.848 0.923
14 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 1:21.046 1.121
15 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 21 1:21.116 1.191
16 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:21.127 1.202
17 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 19 1:21.128 1.203
18 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:21.382 1.457
19 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 1:21.474 1.549
20 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 17 1:21.568 1.643
21 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16 1:21.602 1.677
22 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 17 1:21.613 1.688
23 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 18 1:21.687 1.762
24 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 19 1:21.710 1.785
25 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:21.901 1.976
26 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 23 1:22.219 2.294
27 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 23 1:22.514 2.589
28 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 19 1:22.850 2.925
29 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 1:22.929 3.004
30 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 5 1:26.570 6.645
31 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 2 No time  N/A
32 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 2 No time  N/A