Colin Turkington edges out title rival Dan Cammish in damp-but-drying first practice

Colin Turkington edges out title rival Dan Cammish in damp-but-drying first practice

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Standings leader Colin Turkington edged out title rival Dan Cammish by 0.030s in changeable conditions during the opening British Touring Car Championship session at Brands Hatch.

The session saw two stoppages in the first half, the first as a result of Michael Crees going straight on at Druids in his Volkswagen CC, before Michael Caine followed suit at the same corner, but was able to drive himself out of the gravel trap.

After that, the greasy 2.4-mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit began to dry, with runners switching to slick rubber within the final quarter of the 40-minute session.

Turkington, who currently sits 16 points clear of Cammish in the championship standings, set the benchmark late in the session with his time of 1:42.122 despite maximum ballast aboard his BMW 3 Series.

Team Dynamics’ Cammish was the sandwich in-between four rear-wheel drive machines, with renowned wet-weather specialist Ash Sutton behind him in third in this Subaru Levorg.

Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat, who secured the first podium for Infiniti in the BTCC in race three at Silverstone last time out, was fourth in the Q50 ahead of Stephen Jelley’s older BMW 125i M Sport.

In sixth position was Matt Simpson’s FK2 Honda Civic, while Andrew Jordan’s Pirtek-backed BMW sat seventh ahead of double Silverstone winner Tom Ingram.

Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton was ninth at his team’s local circuit, while Senna Proctor completed the top ten in the second BMR-run Subaru.

Jason Plato placed 11th in his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra, marginally ahead of old rival Matt Neal’s Honda, with the final title contender Josh Cook in 13th in another FK8 Civic.

He was ahead of team-mate Chris Smiley while Ollie Jackson’s Ford Focus RS rounded out the top fifteen.

The second practice session for the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch is scheduled to get underway at 12:05 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 13 1:42.122 0.000
2 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:42.152 0.030
3 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 13 1:42.339 0.217
4 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 17 1:42.370 0.248
5 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:42.423 0.301
6 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:42.511 0.389
7 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 13 1:42.554 0.432
8 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 13 1:42.627 0.505
9 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:42.635 0.513
10 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 15 1:42.673 0.551
11 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 11 1:42.681 0.559
12 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:42.729 0.607
13 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:42.765 0.643
14 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:42.839 0.717
15 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 1:43.044 0.922
16 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 19 1:43.184 1.062
17 21 Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 17 1:43.336 1.214
18 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 14 1:43.403 1.281
19 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:43.413 1.291
20 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 14 1:43.454 1.332
21 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 14 1:43.495 1.373
22 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 15 1:43.507 1.385
23 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 15 1:43.812 1.690
24 44 Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS 7 1:43.920 1.798
25 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 5 1:44.103 1.981
26 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 11 1:44.224 2.102
27 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 17 1:44.516 2.394
28 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 13 1:44.859 2.737
29 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 6 1:44.917 2.795
30 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 1:45.194 3.072