Colin Turkington quickest in scorching opening Thruxton practice

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington set the early pace and headed the time sheets in the opening British Touring Car Championship practice session at Thruxton.

His quickest time of 1:16.268 seconds on his first run around the 2.4 mile circuit proved enough to eclipse Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook, despite carrying 56 kilos of success ballast courtesy of his strong showing at Donington Park last time out.

Team-mate and Brands Hatch winner Senna Proctor came next, highlighting the strong early showing from the Vauxhall Astra.

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Tom Chilton led Motorbase Performance’s charge in fourth, five thousandths of a second clear of Halfords Yuasa Racing driver Dan Cammish, with the new-for-2018 Civic Type R FK8 expected to put in a strong showing on a circuit that places a high reliance on aerodynamics and cornering speeds.

Jack Goff was sixth ahead of reigning champion Ash Sutton – quickest at the championship’s official test here last month -though team-mate Jason Plato could only manage 19th.

Andrew Jordan’s BMW 1 Series, Mike Bushell’s Volkswagen CC and local hero Rob Collard rounded out the top ten.

Eurotech were another team to start in positive fashion with Brett Smith in P11, whilst Jake Hill kicked off another potentially trophy-laden weekend in 12th.

Adam Morgan’s Mercedes A-Class, the second Team Dynamics machine of Matt Neal and Sam Tordoff round out the top 15.

The second free practice session is due to get underway at 12:30.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 18 1:16.268 0.000
2 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:16.387 0.119
3 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:16.671 0.403
4 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 17 1:16.714 0.446
5 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:16.719 0.451
6 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 19 1:16.830 0.562
7 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 19 1:16.871 0.603
8 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:16.878 0.610
9 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 19 1:16.897 0.629
10 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:16.915 0.647
11 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 21 1:16.938 0.670
12 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 21 1:16.948 0.680
13 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 1:17.072 0.804
14 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:17.132 0.864
15 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 15 1:17.145 0.877
16 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 21 1:17.326 1.058
17 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:17.350 1.082
18 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 1:17.361 1.093
19 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:17.381 1.113
20 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 23 1:17.552 1.284
21 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 19 1:17.565 1.297
22 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:17.807 1.539
23 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 21 1:17.833 1.565
24 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 19 1:17.960 1.692
25 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 19 1:17.965 1.697
26 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 11 1:18.033 1.765
27 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 20 1:18.115 1.847
28 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 20 1:18.142 1.874
29 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 13 1:18.166 1.898
30 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 17 1:18.622 2.354
31 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 9 1:18.655 2.387
32 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:18.740 2.472
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