Dan Cammish puts Honda on top in second Croft practice

Dan Cammish puts Honda on top in second Croft practice

Dan Cammish
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Honda’s Dan Cammish was the fastest driver in second practice for the British Touring Car Championship at Croft, as lap times improved by a further six tenths of a second on the freshly resurfaced circuit.

Cammish had been fastest after his first flying lap five minutes into the session, before he was knocked from the top by the Toyota of Tom Ingram and the Vauxhall of Jason Plato a few minutes later.

The Yorkshireman then moved back to the top of the timesheets after 16 minutes with a lap of 1 minute 21.496 seconds, shortly before the red flags came out when Motorbase’s Nic Hamilton hit a tyre stack at the Sunny In corner.

That interruption spelled the end of any further improvements to lap times, as drivers returned to the pits and shifted their setup focus ahead of the afternoon’s qualifying session.

Lap times were in general half a second quicker than first practice, and almost two seconds faster than the previous lap record for the current generation of cars, which was set in 2014.

First practice pace-setter Andrew Jordan ended the session in second in his BMW, just under a tenth of a second away from Cammish, with Team BMW’s Colin Turkington in third.

AmD Tuning’s Sam Tordoff was fourth, although the Honda driver picked up damage to the front-left corner of his Honda in the final five minutes when he hit the tyres at Sunny In.

Power Maxed Racing’s Plato was fifth after further improving his time, ahead of the second Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda of Matt Neal in sixth.

Stephen Jelley made it into the top ten in his BMW 125i in seventh, ahead of the newer 3 Series being driven by BMW’s Tom Oliphant in eighth, the latter being just over half a second off the pace.

Subaru’s Ash Sutton and AmD’s Rory Butcher completed the top ten, whilst Motorbase’s Tom Chilton was 11th fastest as the Fords again failed to break into the single-digit positions.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan was 12th, with the Mercedes driver having a spin at the first corner near the end of the session.

Both 16th-placed Senna Proctor and 22nd-placed Jack Goff were shown black flags towards the end of the session for repeated track limits exceedances.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram was just 17th fastest in the sole Toyota in the field, ending the session as the last driver within a second of the pace.

Having been barred from taking to the circuit in first practice for breaching testing rules by taking part in a race at Croft two weeks’ ago, prior to the BTCC visit, Exceler8 Motorsport’s Rob Smith was just 29th in second practice, over two and a half seconds off the pace and quicker only than MG team-mate Sam Osborne.

Qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 15:05 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:21.496 0.000
2 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 18 1:21.594 0.098
3 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 1:21.739 0.243
4 600 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 12 1:21.752 0.256
5 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 17 1:21.835 0.339
6 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:21.840 0.344
7 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 20 1:21.965 0.469
8 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 1:22.004 0.508
9 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 1:22.013 0.517
10 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 15 1:22.098 0.602
11 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 12 1:22.243 0.747
12 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:22.251 0.755
13 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 1:22.269 0.773
14 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:22.315 0.819
15 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 15 1:22.405 0.909
16 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 1:22.422 0.926
17 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 17 1:22.457 0.961
18 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:22.547 1.051
19 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 17 1:22.612 1.116
20 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:22.625 1.129
21 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:22.992 1.496
22 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 13 1:23.055 1.559
23 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 1:23.135 1.639
24 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 1:23.210 1.714
25 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 13 1:23.352 1.856
26 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 1:23.419 1.923
27 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 12 1:23.503 2.007
28 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 6 1:23.709 2.213
29 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 1:24.039 2.543
30 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 19 1:24.210 2.714