Matt Simpson stakes a claim in final practice session

Matt Simpson stakes a claim in final practice session

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Matt Simpson topped the final British Touring Car Championship practice session at Oulton Park, with team-mate Brett Smith four tenths behind to make it a Eurotech Racing 1-2.

It marks the first time the former Intermarque champion has topped a session, with a best time of 1:25.798 seconds on his final run enough to secure top spot.

Late improvements were the theme of the session as teams and drivers fine-tune their setups ahead of qualifying, with every driver down to Sam Tordoff in eighth going quicker in the final stages.

Rob Austin headed that train of cars in third, continuing HMS Racing’s strong showing in practice ahead of the West Surrey Racing duo of Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan.

Dan Cammish was the leading Team Dynamics machine in sixth, a mere thousandth of a second behind Jordan’s Pirtek-backed BMW 125i M Sport.

Jack Goff conceded eighth to Sam Tordoff by the same margin, though neither could topple the sister Motorbase Ford Focus RS of Tom Chilton in seventh.

Matt Neal rounded out the top ten in the second Honda Civic Type R FK7, with reigning champion Ash Sutton behind in the Subaru Levorg GT.

Tom Ingram dropped back after a positive start to the day and ended the session 12th, with Ollie Jackson, Aiden Moffat and Rob Collard concluding the top fifteen.

Standings leader Adam Morgan posted the 19th quickest time for the second session in succession as he bids to end a long run of misfortune at the 2.2 mile Cheshire circuit, though his main rival Josh Cook fared no better in 29th for Power Maxed Racing.

Jason Plato enjoyed an improved run to 26th, though the 1.6 second margin to the head of the time sheets remained.

The weekend continues with qualifying at 15:20 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:25.798 0.000
2 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 16 1:26.158 0.360
3 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 15 1:26.383 0.585
4 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 19 1:26.496 0.698
5 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 18 1:26.569 0.771
6 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:26.570 0.772
7 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 1:26.594 0.796
8 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 18 1:26.600 0.802
9 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 1:26.601 0.803
10 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:26.610 0.812
11 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:26.643 0.845
12 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 19 1:26.654 0.856
13 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 17 1:26.719 0.921
14 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 1:26.748 0.950
15 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 20 1:26.826 1.028
16 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:26.845 1.047
17 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 19 1:26.903 1.105
18 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 1:26.910 1.112
19 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:26.945 1.147
20 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:26.965 1.167
21 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 17 1:27.007 1.209
22 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:27.031 1.233
23 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 18 1:27.155 1.357
24 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 1:27.169 1.371
25 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 18 1:27.373 1.575
26 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:27.471 1.673
27 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:27.509 1.711
28 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 17 1:27.733 1.935
29 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 11 1:27.809 2.011
30 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 14 1:27.902 2.104
31 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:28.133 2.335
32 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 2 No time