Jake Hill goes fastest in practice by half a second

Jake Hill topped the practice time sheets as British Touring Car Championship action got underway at Snetterton, posting a lap time of 1 minute 57.320 seconds in his MB Motorsport Honda Civic.

As part of the new weekend format, this singular practice session would be the only chance for drivers and teams to tune their set-up before qualifying this afternoon.

However, with a gap of more than half a second to Adam Morgan in second, it would appear as though Hill’s engineers have already found the car’s sweet spot.

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Behind the Mercedes of Morgan, Michael Crees did well to end practice as the third fastest driver in his newer shape Honda, around two tenths of a second further back.

After an uncharacteristically turbulent at Croft last time out, Colin Turkington started the weekend strongly to go fourth quickest, hoping to get his title defence back on track this weekend.

Rory Butcher rounded out the top five, going marginally quicker than Dan Cammish and Tom Ingram in sixth and seventh respectively.

Ingram was the final car to get within a second of Hill’s lap time, while Croft pole-sitter Josh Cook completed the session in eighth.

Tom Oliphant was ninth fastest for Team BMW, while championship leader Ash Sutton was just three thousandths of a second further back in tenth.

Jessica Hawkins, the second female driver to compete in the BTCC this season, was the quickest of the championship newcomers in practice, ending the session in twentieth position.

Fellow newcomer – and multiple Renault Clio Cup UK champion – Paul Rivett, was marginally slower in twenty-first.

There were issues at Team HARD though, with a potential clutch problem meaning that Jack Goff only managed to complete one warm-up lap, and will effectively enter qualifying blind.

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 17 1:57.320 0.000
2 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:57.878 0.558
3 777 Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:58.082 0.762
4 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 1:58.108 0.788
5 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 15 1:58.278 0.958
6 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:58.281 0.961
7 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 15 1:58.299 0.979
8 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 19 1:58.396 1.076
9 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 1:58.431 1.111
10 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 17 1:58.434 1.114
11 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 17 1:58.496 1.176
12 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 19 1:58.580 1.260
13 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 18 1:58.654 1.334
14 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 1:58.869 1.549
15 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 18 1:58.869 1.549
16 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 18 1:58.935 1.615
17 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:59.081 1.761
18 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:59.219 1.899
19 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 17 1:59.258 1.938
20 39 Jessica HAWKINS Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 1:59.902 2.582
21 222 Paul RIVETT GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 20 2:00.060 2.740
22 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 15 2:00.070 2.750
23 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 15 2:00.954 3.634
24 88 Glynn GEDDIE RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 17 2:01.510 4.190
25 32 Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 2:01.930 4.610
26 23 Ethan HAMMERTON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 15 2:02.648 5.328
27 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 1 No time N/A
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