Colin Turkington edges out Josh Cook to stay on top in second Croft practice

Defending champion Colin Turkington was quickest again in the second British Touring Car Championship practice session at Croft, with another late improvement putting him top ahead of Josh Cook.

In similar fashion to the opening session earlier in the day, it was MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill who led the way from the midway point onwards, before fellow Honda driver Josh Cook fired in his best effort to go quickest in the final quarter of the session.

Despite some late drizzle falling, that time was then bettered in the final minutes by Team BMW’s Turkington, who put in a 1:21.768 to top the session, going around four tenths quicker than his benchmark time in first practice.

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Thruxton race three winner Cook’s time remained good enough for second, putting him 0.057s behind Jake Hill and almost a tenth-and-a-half clear of Hill’s FK2 Honda Civic.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan continued his strong practice form with fourth position in his Mercedes-Benz A-Class, while Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Tom Ingram bounced back from a disappointing opening practice in which a manifold issue on his Toyota Corolla hampered his running to complete the top five.

Turkington’s team-mate Tom Oliphant was next in sixth ahead of current championship leader Ash Sutton who placed seventh in his Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50, just 0.285s adrift of Turkington’s best time.

The returning Mike Bushell made amends for an off in first practice by putting his Team HARD-run Volkswagen CC in eighth position just over four tenths off the pace, while Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher managed one better than his earlier result with ninth position.

Title contender Dan Cammish endured a far-from-straightforward session in his Team Dynamics-run Honda Civic, with a couple of off-track excursions in the final sector, and ultimately managing to complete the top ten runners with a time 0.458s off the benchmark pace.

He placed ahead of Halfords Yuasa Racing team-mate Matt Neal by just nine-thousandths-of-a-second, while Bobby Thompson was 12th fastest in his Trade Price Cars Racing Audi S3.

The Excelr8 Motorsport duo of Senna Proctor and Chris Smiley placed in 13th and 14th positions respectively, while Stephen Jelley’s Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport rounded out the top 15.

Next up for the British Touring Car Championship at Croft is qualifying, which is scheduled to get underway at 14:55 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 20 1:21.768 0.000
2 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:21.825 0.057
3 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 17 1:21.915 0.147
4 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20 1:21.920 0.152
5 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 18 1:21.997 0.229
6 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 1:22.046 0.278
7 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 19 1:22.053 0.285
8 21 Mike BUSHELL RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 12 1:22.178 0.410
9 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 17 1:22.202 0.434
10 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 13 1:22.226 0.458
11 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:22.235 0.467
12 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 1:22.346 0.578
13 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 20 1:22.424 0.656
14 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 19 1:22.500 0.732
15 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 21 1:22.501 0.733
16 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 1:22.537 0.769
17 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 19 1:22.683 0.915
18 777 Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:22.684 0.916
19 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:22.945 1.177
20 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 19 1:23.063 1.295
21 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 8 1:23.208 1.440
22 29 Jac CONSTABLE Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 21 1:23.285 1.517
23 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 17 1:23.531 1.763
24 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 18 1:23.576 1.808
25 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 14 1:24.028 2.260
26 32 Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 1:24.037 2.269
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