Jake Hill leads the way in opening practice at Brands Hatch GP

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill was quickest in the opening British Touring Car Championship practice session at a sunny Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

The Tunbridge Wells racer bounced back from a torrid season opener at Donington Park last weekend to set the benchmark with a lap of 1:31.729 at his local track.

His FK2 Honda Civic Type R led Tom Chilton’s BTC Racing FK8 Honda Civic by over a tenth, while Rory Butcher picked up where he left off in Leicestershire to start a promising weekend in third for Motorbase at their home circuit.

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Next was Excelr8 Motorsport’s Senna Proctor in the Hyundai i30 Fastback N in fourth position, less than half a tenth quicker than Dan Cammish who rounded out the top five runners.

Reigning champion Colin Turkington was next in his ballast-laden BMW 330i M Sport, ahead of Cammish’s team-mate Matt Neal in sixth and seventh positions respectively.

Josh Cook managed eighth position in the second of the BTC Racing Hondas, while 2018 runner-up Tom Ingram would place ninth in his Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Corolla just nine thousandths-of-a-second behind.

Ollie Jackson put his new-for-2020 Ford Focus ST in the last of the top ten positions ahead of Adam Morgan’s Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class in 11th.

Chris Smiley, who gave Hyundai their maiden series podium last time out at Donington Park was ahead of race three winner Ash Sutton’s in his Infiniti Q50.

Tom Oliphant was 14th in the second WSR-run Team BMW machine, while Michael Crees completed the top 15 in the third BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R.

Bobby Thompson would ultimately place 16th in the session, despite causing a stoppage at the halfway mark after running wide on the exit of Druids and hitting the barrier.

The second British Touring Car Championship practice session in Kent gets underway at 12:05 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:31.729 0.000
2 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 1:31.868 0.139
3 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 13 1:31.950 0.221
4 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 19 1:31.975 0.246
5 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:32.019 0.290
6 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 1:32.099 0.370
7 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:32.125 0.396
8 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 1:32.218 0.489
9 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:32.351 0.622
10 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 16 1:32.358 0.629
11 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 16 1:32.526 0.797
12 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 12 1:32.586 0.857
13 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 1:32.595 0.866
14 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 1:32.706 0.977
15 777 Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 1:32.721 0.992
16 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 7 1:32.804 1.075
17 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:32.825 1.096
18 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 10 1:32.945 1.216
19 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 15 1:33.134 1.405
20 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 18 1:33.186 1.457
21 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 12 1:33.572 1.843
22 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:33.589 1.860
23 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 16 1:33.721 1.992
24 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 14 1:35.280 3.551
25 34 Ollie BROWN RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 5 1:36.666 4.937
26 32 Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:36.892 5.163
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