Rory Butcher sets the pace from Aiden Moffat in opening Knockhill BTCC...

Rory Butcher sets the pace from Aiden Moffat in opening Knockhill BTCC practice

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AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher topped the opening British Touring Car Championship practice at Knockhill by nearly a quarter-of-a-second from fellow home racer Aiden Moffat.

The two-time BTCC winner was at the sharp end for the majority of the chilly 40-minute session, and set the benchmark as the only runner to dip under the 51-second mark with his time of 50.857s.

Fellow Scot Moffat got the closest to Butcher’s time in his revised Infiniti Q50, while Stephen Jelley’s older BMW 125i M Sport was third.

Andrew Jordan was next in the new-for-2019 BMW 3 Series, the 2013 champion just head of Mike Bushell in the other AmD Tuning Honda, standing in for Sam Tordoff the latter announced the tragic passing of his newborn son earlier this week.

Team BMR’s Senna Proctor enjoyed a strong session to place sixth, with Josh Cook the best of the FK8 Honda Civics just a thousandth-of-a-second behind.

Dan Cammish, who enjoyed his best-ever BTCC weekend last time out at Thruxton, finished the session eighth ahead of 2018 champion Ash Sutton in the second of the Subarus.

A strong session for AmD saw Jake Hill complete the top ten ahead of Tom Ingram and Tom Chilton, who won the final race at Knockhill last year.

Standings leader Colin Turkington was 13th ahead of triple champion Matt Neal, while Tom Oliphant rounded out the top 15 runners.

The session ran mostly green for the majority, despite a brief yellow flag period at Clark after a spin for Team HARD’s Michael Crees in his Volkswagen CC.

The second British Touring Car Championship practice session is scheduled to get underway at 12:05 for another 40-minute session.

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 28 50.857 0.000
2 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 33 51.103 0.246
3 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 29 51.141 0.284
4 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 29 51.162 0.305
5 21 Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 33 51.212 0.355
6 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 30 51.229 0.372
7 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 30 51.230 0.373
8 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 23 51.252 0.395
9 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 28 51.305 0.448
10 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 31 51.321 0.464
11 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 27 51.328 0.471
12 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 51.357 0.500
13 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 28 51.386 0.529
14 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 51.421 0.564
15 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 23 51.446 0.589
16 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 20 51.484 0.627
17 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 29 51.613 0.756
18 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 51.652 0.795
19 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 26 51.702 0.845
20 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 33 51.735 0.878
21 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 25 51.770 0.913
22 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 24 51.790 0.933
23 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 23 51.849 0.992
24 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 22 51.910 1.053
25 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 28 51.967 1.110
26 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 33 52.391 1.534
27 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 35 52.770 1.913
28 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 36 52.796 1.939
29 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 6 53.819 2.962
30 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 7 57.823 6.966