Tom Oliphant tops tight opening practice at Silverstone

Tom Oliphant tops tight opening practice at Silverstone

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Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Oliphant set the pace in a tight opening practice session at Silverstone, heading Team HARD’s Mike Bushell for the majority of the session.

Oliphant went fastest around 15 minutes into free practice one with a time of 58.474s, and held on to the top spot by 0.042s from Bushell.

Rob Austin was third fastest in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta, ahead of BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan by just two thousandths of a second.

WIX Racing with Eurotech’s Brett Smith completed the top five, with stablemate Jack Goff’s Honda Civic Type R just behind him.

Dan Cammish was seventh in the first of the Halfords Yuasa Racing Hondas, ahead of double champion Jason Plato in eighth position, the fastest of the Subarus.

Josh Cook placed ninth with an effort later in the session, with Aiden Moffat rounding out the top ten.

Championship challenger Tom Ingram finished 12th in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota, while standings leader Colin Turkington could only manage 19th.

Defending champion Ash Sutton was 17th, just behind Ricky Collard, who continues to substitute for his father in the Team BMW seat.

Matt Simpson, who reverted back to running his own car at Knockhill, completed the most laps of any runner in the session, with 30 tours of the 1.639-mile national layout.

The second free practice session is set to get underway at 12:05.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 26 58.474 0.000
2 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 16 58.516 0.042
3 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 27 58.584 0.110
4 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 25 58.586 0.112
5 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 25 58.627 0.153
6 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 29 58.671 0.197
7 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 58.698 0.224
8 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 26 58.699 0.225
9 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 21 58.700 0.226
10 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 28 58.743 0.269
11 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 26 58.746 0.272
12 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 22 58.750 0.276
13 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 30 58.756 0.282
14 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 25 58.761 0.287
15 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 58.784 0.310
16 55 Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 23 58.792 0.318
17 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 26 58.847 0.373
18 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 28 58.852 0.378
19 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 25 58.875 0.401
20 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 22 58.882 0.408
21 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 21 58.970 0.496
22 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 58.991 0.517
23 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 28 59.027 0.553
24 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 16 59.077 0.603
25 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 26 59.105 0.631
26 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 17 59.240 0.766
27 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 59.429 0.955
28 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 27 59.529 1.055
29 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 25 59.605 1.131
30 32 Ethan HAMMERTON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 11 59.759 1.285
31 54 Josh CAYGILL AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 26 59.814 1.340