Colin Turkington leads BMW 1-2 in second Donington Park practice

Colin Turkington leads BMW 1-2 in second Donington Park practice

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Reigning champion Colin Turkington was fastest again in the second British Touring Car Championship practice session at Donington Park.

The four-time champion led his Team BMW stablemate Tom Oliphant by nearly a quarter of a second, albeit with the Northern Irishman nearly three tenths adrift of his earlier pace.

In what was a disjointed 40-minute session, Ash Sutton and Matt Neal topped the timesheets early on before a red flag halted proceedings as Jack Goff’s Volkswagen was recovered at McLean’s.

The session resumed with twenty minutes remaining before another red flag stoppage with just over ten minutes to go, this time with a swifter recovery.

In the final quarter of the session, the times tumbled as first Oliphant went quickest, before his team-mate eclipsed him with a time of 1:09.705.

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Tom Ingram was third fastest, ahead of Sutton who enjoyed a strong session in his Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50.

Rounding out the top five just four-thousandths-of-a-second behind was Rory Butcher in Motorbase Performance’s new-for-2020 Ford Focus ST.

The Scot placed ahead of Chris Smiley in another car that makes its competitive debut this weekend, the Hyundai i30 N of Excelr8 Motorsport.

Adam Morgan’s Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz was next in seventh position, placing ahead of early pacesetter Neal, who would eventually finish the session six tenths off the benchmark time.

Making it two Hyundais in the top ten was Senna Proctor in the second Excelr8-run machine in ninth position, while Bobby Thompson completed the top ten in his Trade Price Cars Audi S3.

2019 runner-up Dan Cammish just missed out on the top ten spots in 11th, as Jake Hill took 12th in the older FK2 Honda Civic Type R.

Stephen Jelley’s BMW 125i M Sport would finish the session 13th ahead of Sam Osborne in the second MB Motorsport Honda Civic with Josh Cook completing the top 15 runners.

Qualifying for the opening race of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship season is set to get underway at 15:20 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 1:09.705 0.000
2 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 1:09.949 0.244
3 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 7 1:10.123 0.418
4 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 1:10.214 0.509
5 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 15 1:10.218 0.513
6 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 14 1:10.232 0.527
7 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 1:10.279 0.574
8 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:10.322 0.617
9 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 1:10.356 0.651
10 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 19 1:10.401 0.696
11 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 1:10.410 0.705
12 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 19 1:10.413 0.708
13 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:10.414 0.709
14 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:10.467 0.762
15 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:10.590 0.885
16 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 15 1:10.610 0.905
17 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 18 1:10.679 0.974
18 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 18 1:10.726 1.021
19 777 Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 19 1:11.002 1.297
20 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 11 1:11.107 1.402
21 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 1:11.175 1.470
22 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 11 1:11.312 1.607
23 34 Ollie BROWN RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 17 1:11.793 2.088
24 32 Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:13.125 3.420
25 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 7 1:13.657 3.952
26 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 2 No time N/A