AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher was the fastest runner once again in the second British Touring Car Championship practice session at Knockhill, going even quicker than his benchmark in the first session.
He headed the Team Dynamics Honda of Dan Cammish by over a quarter-of-a-second with his time of 50.615s on his 22nd tour, while Stephen Jelley repeated his first practice result in third position in the Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport.
The start of the session was a slow one following rain in the previous Renault Clio Cup qualifying session, but the circuit eventually gripped up despite low track temperatures and the majority of runners improved on their earlier times.
Double champion Jason Plato managed fourth in the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra, with Aiden Moffat completing the top five, bolstering a strong performance in the opening session; the Infiniti Q50 seemingly well-suited to the demanding 1.3-mile circuit.
Andrew Jordan placed sixth in the new-for-2019 BMW 3 Series ahead of Matt Neal, the latter clocking up some 32 laps in the 40-minute session.
Fellow FK8 Honda Civic runner Chris Smiley finished eighth in the best of the BTC Racing Hondas, ahead of Tom Oliphant’s BMW and Ash Sutton’s Subaru which rounded out the top ten.
Series returnee Mike Bushell was 11th, five tenths adrift of his team-mate’s benchmark, ahead of Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton in 12th position.
Adam Morgan’s Mercedes A-Class could only manage 13th ahead of Jake Hill and Senna Proctor, with reigning champion and current standings leader Colin Turkington in 16th.
Notably, Team Toyota GB’s Tom Ingram languished down in 22nd over a second down on the overall pace.
The session was ended prematurely after a spin for Michael Crees on the exit of the chicane left him facing the wrong direction in a dangerous position with just over a minute remaining.
Qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill is set to get underway at 15:00 BST.
|1||6||Rory BUTCHER||Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance||Honda Civic Type R||26||50.615||0.000|
|2||27||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||50.869||0.254|
|3||12||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||36||50.918||0.303|
|4||11||Jason PLATO||Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||29||50.924||0.309|
|5||16||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||33||50.976||0.361|
|6||77||Andrew JORDAN||BMW Pirtek Racing||BMW 330i M Sport||31||50.977||0.362|
|7||25||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||33||50.985||0.370|
|8||22||Chris SMILEY||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||51.024||0.409|
|9||15||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||28||51.065||0.450|
|10||116||Ashley SUTTON||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg||34||51.100||0.485|
|11||21||Mike BUSHELL||Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance||Honda Civic Type R||27||51.162||0.547|
|12||3||Tom CHILTON||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||29||51.171||0.556|
|13||33||Adam MORGAN||Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||19||51.172||0.557|
|14||24||Jake HILL||TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||26||51.226||0.611|
|15||18||Senna PROCTOR||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg||27||51.285||0.670|
|16||1||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||30||51.312||0.697|
|17||303||Matt SIMPSON||Simpson Racing||Honda Civic Type R||33||51.360||0.745|
|18||48||Ollie JACKSON||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||25||51.474||0.859|
|19||9||Rob COLLARD||Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||28||51.474||0.859|
|20||66||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||22||51.511||0.896|
|21||31||Jack GOFF||RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||28||51.649||1.034|
|22||80||Tom INGRAM||Team Toyota GB with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||23||51.665||1.050|
|23||32||Daniel ROWBOTTOM||Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||31||51.796||1.181|
|24||19||Bobby THOMPSON||GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct||Volkswagen CC||26||51.902||1.287|
|25||41||Carl BOARDLEY||RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||16||52.069||1.454|
|26||28||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with Motorbase||Ford Focus RS||32||52.111||1.496|
|27||4||Sam OSBORNE||Exceler8 Motorsport||MG6||30||52.153||1.538|
|28||777||Michael CREES||GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct||Volkswagen CC||29||52.158||1.543|
|29||8||Mark BLUNDELL||TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||26||52.187||1.572|
|30||37||Rob SMITH||Exceler8 Motorsport||MG6||34||52.340||1.725|