Rory Butcher goes quickest again in second Knockhill BTCC practice

Rory Butcher goes quickest again in second Knockhill BTCC practice

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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.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
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