Jake Hill stays on top in second BTCC practice at Brands Hatch GP

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill continued his strong pace in the second British Touring Car Championship practice session at Brands Hatch.

Fastest in opening practice this morning, Hill set the pace again early in the first quarter of the 40-minute session before Dan Cammish topped the times just before the halfway mark.

Hill would then improve again to enjoy an advantage of nearly half a second with his time of a 1:31.255 around the 2.4-mile Grand Prix layout come the conclusion of the session.

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Behind Cammish was Senna Proctor’s Excelr8 Motorsport-run Hyundai i30 Fastback N, another driver who continued his practice form in third position after placing fourth this morning.

Next was Adam Morgan’s Mercedes-Benz A-Class, with Rory Butcher behind him with a time good enough for fifth despite stopping out on track mid-session following a left-front tyre blowout heading into Clearways.

Butcher believed he was lucky to keep his Ford Focus ST out of the wall on the exit, and slowed across the pit lane exit to come to a halt on the inside of Paddock Hill Bend to end his session prematurely.

Tom Ingram’s Toyota Corolla was sixth, albeit three-quarters-of-a-second adrift of Hill’s benchmark time, with Tom Oliphant’s BMW in seventh position.

His Team BMW stablemate Colin Turkington was eighth after a late improvement meant he jumped three positions up the timesheets, while BTC Racing team-mates Josh Cook and Tom Chilton completed the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.

An impressive run from James Gornall in the Trade Price Cars Audi saw him finish the session 11th ahead of triple champion Matt Neal, who was the first driver to set a time a second off Hill’s pace-setting lap.

Stephen Jelley’s Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport was placed in 13th ahead of Gornall’s team-mate Bobby Thompson in the other Audi S3, while Aiden Moffat would round out the top 15 runners.

Moffat’s Laser Tools Racing team-mate Ash Sutton, who won race three last time out at Donington, only completed six laps in the session and is believed to have suffered a water leak in his Infiniti Q50.

Qualifying for the opening British Touring Car Championship contest at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is scheduled to get underway at 15:20 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 19 1:31.255 0.000
2 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 14 1:31.718 0.463
3 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 17 1:31.727 0.472
4 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 1:31.810 0.555
5 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 6 1:31.971 0.716
6 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 17 1:32.005 0.750
7 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 1:32.108 0.853
8 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 1:32.134 0.879
9 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:32.224 0.969
10 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 1:32.233 0.978
11 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 1:32.243 0.988
12 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:32.341 1.086
13 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 1:32.385 1.130
14 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 1:32.411 1.156
15 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 17 1:32.416 1.161
16 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 14 1:32.455 1.200
17 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 17 1:32.548 1.293
18 777 Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:32.659 1.404
19 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:32.697 1.442
20 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 1:32.824 1.569
21 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 18 1:32.860 1.605
22 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 6 1:33.097 1.842
23 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 17 1:33.539 2.284
24 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 13 1:34.660 3.405
25 32 Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 1:34.881 3.626
26 34 Ollie BROWN RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 19 1:35.458 4.203
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