Josh Cook quickest in final practice at Donington Park

Josh Cook quickest in final practice at Donington Park

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Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook staked an early claim for the second pole position of the season by topping the final British Touring Car Championship practice session at Brands Hatch.

A 1:19.863, set in the final stages of Cook’s first run on an ever-drying track surface, narrowly edged out Dan Cammish’s time from the morning.

The two reversed roles for second practice, with the Honda Civic Type R FK8 finishing 0.379 seconds adrift of Cook on this occasion.

Chris Smiley rounded out the top three in the hatchback-shaped Type R, with Aiden Moffat’s Mercedes A-Class and the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS of Sam Tordoff rounding out the top five, the latter thanks to a late surge.

Rory Butcher’s AmD-run MG6 GT put in another strong showing in sixth, ahead of Tom Chilton, who caused a red flag at half-distance after slowing on circuit, but was able to restart and make his own way back to the pit lane.

Tom Ingram’s Toyota Avensis broke into the top ten for the first time this weekend in eighth, with the Ciceley-run Mercedes duo of Tom Oliphant and Adam Morgan rounding out the top ten.

Matt Simpson came next ahead of reigning champion Ash Sutton, who finished as the leading BMR-run Subaru Levorg once again with team-mates Price and Plato 22nd and 30th respectively, the latter stopping at the end of the pit lane at one stage.

Brands Hatch race-winner Senna Proctor was thirteenth in the second Vauxhall Astra, leading James Nash and Jack Goff, who finished fifteenth despite a trip through the gravel at Redgate.

Team-mate Brett Smith also visited the gravel at Coppice en route to 18th.

West Surrey Racing appeared to struggle, with Andrew Jordan forced out mid-session with a split turbo pipe, and neither Colin Turkington or Rob Collard were able to climb higher than 19th.

Easing rain at the East Midlands circuit could see further improvements to lap times ahead of the second qualifying session of the season, scheduled for 15:20.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 1:19.863 0.000
2 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 1:20.242 0.379
3 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:20.326 0.463
4 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 23 1:20.734 0.871
5 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 20 1:20.930 1.067
6 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 19 1:20.948 1.085
7 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:20.963 1.100
8 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 22 1:20.965 1.102
9 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 1:20.972 1.109
10 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:20.977 1.114
11 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 1:20.989 1.126
12 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 9 1:21.016 1.153
13 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 1:21.115 1.252
14 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 21 1:21.198 1.335
15 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 19 1:21.227 1.364
16 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 11 1:21.269 1.406
17 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 1:21.355 1.492
18 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 19 1:21.385 1.522
19 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:21.418 1.555
20 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 19 1:21.538 1.675
21 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 10 1:21.637 1.774
22 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:21.685 1.822
23 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 21 1:21.701 1.838
24 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 19 1:21.728 1.865
25 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 1:21.735 1.872
26 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 7 1:21.830 1.967
27 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 20 1:21.982 2.119
28 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 18 1:22.091 2.228
29 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 20 1:22.480 2.617
30 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 9 1:22.506 2.643
31 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 21 1:22.856 2.993
32 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 7 1:23.241 3.378