Jake Hill sets the benchmark in opening Knockhill practice

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill set the benchmark in the opening British Touring Car Championship practice session at Knockhill, edging out Mike Bushell by nearly a quarter-of-a-second.

Bushell, who currently holds the lap record around the 1.27-mile circuit, set the early pace as he did last time out at Oulton Park before Hill improved with his time of 50.757s putting him comfortably clear at the top.

Brands Hatch race three winner Tom Oliphant was only a thousandth-of-a-second behind Bushell in third, with Tom Ingram’s Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Corolla a further half-a-tenth behind in fourth position.

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Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton completed the top five runners ahead of his team-mate Aiden Moffat, with the Scot placing sixth in the session on home soil.

Reigning champion and current standings leader Colin Turkington was seventh in his WSR-run BMW 330i M Sport ahead of the best of the BTC Racing Honda Civics of Josh Cook in eighth.

Cook, who won the opening race at Oulton Park last time out before an exclusion, was just ahead of fellow FK8 Honda Civic racer Dan Cammish in ninth as the first of the runners over half a second off the pace, with his time of 51.342s putting him 0.585s adrift of Hill’s benchmark.

Rory Butcher, who currently sits third in the championship standings just one point clear of Oliphant, could only manage tenth fastest in the new-for-2020 Ford Focus ST in opening practice at his home circuit.

Oulton Park race three winner Adam Morgan was next in the Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class in 11th position with the second Team Dynamics Honda of Matt Neal behind him in 12th.

Stephen Jelley’s BMW 1 Series would manage 13th, while BTC Racing’s Tom Chilton and Excelr8 Motorsport’s Senna Proctor rounding out the top 15 positions.

The third BTC Racing Honda of Michael Crees would get beached in the gravel at Duffus Dip in the final five minutes of the session, but the session remained green throughout.

The second British Touring Car Championship practice session at Knockhill is scheduled to get underway at 12:15 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 27 50.757 0.000
2 21 Mike BUSHELL Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 30 51.004 0.247
3 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 31 51.005 0.248
4 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 29 51.056 0.299
5 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 51.126 0.369
6 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 34 51.185 0.428
7 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 32 51.205 0.448
8 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 33 51.227 0.470
9 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 26 51.342 0.585
10 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 24 51.362 0.605
11 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 26 51.381 0.624
12 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 26 51.382 0.625
13 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 26 51.539 0.782
14 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 29 51.607 0.850
15 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 28 51.608 0.851
16 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 32 51.614 0.857
17 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 34 51.705 0.948
18 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 23 51.739 0.982
19 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 28 51.762 1.005
20 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 27 51.789 1.032
21 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 28 51.832 1.075
22 777 Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 26 51.872 1.115
23 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 27 52.128 1.371
24 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 26 52.644 1.887
25 32 Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 31 52.778 2.021
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