Majority select reverse grid race for hard tyre choice

Majority select reverse grid race for hard tyre choice

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The majority of the British Touring Car Championship grid have elected to use the reverse grid race at Donington Park to use the harder compound Dunlop tyre.

Pole-sitter Josh Cook will take the option compound, which Dunlop project will last the longevity of a race distance without a serious drop-off in performance, in the middle race.

Fellow front-row starter Chris Smiley, however, has opted to take them in the opening contest.

Track conditions are expected to be dry throughout Sunday, but very cold, with circuit temperatures likely to be at least four or five degrees lower than at the same meeting in 2017.

As a result, tyre temperature could present an issue for rear-wheel drive cars, with their front-wheel counterparts much quicker at getting to optimum temperature.

The circuit is also relatively low-grip, with aviation fluid from overhead aircraft also a factor, as seen in samples conducted by the championships tyre supplier.

The lack of dry running during practice and qualifying today is not expected to present teams and drivers with too much of an issue.

Tyre Selections – Donington Park:

Race 1:

James Nash, Chris Smiley, Jack Goff, Adam Morgan, Stephen Jelley, Tom Ingram.

Race 2:

Rob Collard, Tom Boardman, Tom Oliphant, Aiden Moffat, Bobby Thompson, Mike Bushell, Jake Hill, Matt Neal, Dan Cammish, Michael Caine, Josh Cook, Andrew Jordan.

Race 3:

Ash Sutton, Colin Turkington, Tom Chilton, Rory Butcher, Rob Austin, Senna Proctor, James Cole, Sam Smelt, Josh Price, Brett Smith, Ollie Jackson, Jason Plato, Matt Simpson, Sam Tordoff.