Jake Hill heads Ash Sutton in sole practice session for Brands Hatch season finale

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill led the way in the singular free practice session ahead of qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship season finale at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

The Kent racer enjoyed a strong session on home soil at the twisty 1.2-mile Indy layout, setting a time of 54.678 just before the halfway mark in the hour-long practice session, leading championship protagonist Ash Sutton by 0.225s.

The 2017 champion racked up a total of 45 laps in his Infiniti Q50, gradually edging closer to Hill’s time in a session that saw no interruptions despite intermittent rainfall that resulted in changeable grip levels.

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Sutton led 2019 runner-up Dan Cammish who was just over a tenth-of-a-second further back, while his Laser Tools Racing team-mate Aiden Moffat enjoyed a strong showing in fourth position in the second Infiniti.

Completing the top five runners was Tom Ingram – who had set the early pace in the session before Hill’s improvement – but would end up nearly four tenths adrift of the pace-setting time in his Toyota Corolla come the end of the session.

Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher ensured four of the top five drivers in the championship placed inside the top six, with only championship leader Colin Turkington the anomaly ending up in 14th position in his BMW 330i M Sport.

Butcher led his team-mate Ollie Jackson in a strong session for Motorbase at their local circuit, while Chris Smiley was the quickest of the Exlcer8 Motorsport Hyundais in eighth position.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook managed ninth position despite an off-track excursion in his FK8 Honda Civic Type R, while Senna Proctor rounded out the top ten in the second of the Hyundai i30 Fastback N entries.

Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant was next ahead of Tom Chilton in 12th position, while Adam Morgan placed 13th ahead of Turkington in the swansong weekend for Ciceley Motorsport’s  venerable Mercedes-Benz A-Class, while triple champion Matt Neal was 15th in his Team Dynamics-run Honda Civic Type R.

Qualifying for the season finale of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch is set to get underway at 12:35 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 33 54.678 0.000
2 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 45 54.903 0.225
3 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 39 55.008 0.330
4 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 50 55.054 0.376
5 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 30 55.071 0.393
6 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 30 55.193 0.515
7 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 38 55.288 0.610
8 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 36 55.431 0.753
9 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 26 55.702 1.024
10 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 35 55.717 1.039
11 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 32 55.726 1.048
12 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 39 55.756 1.078
13 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 35 55.789 1.111
14 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 42 55.803 1.125
15 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 31 55.880 1.202
16 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 33 55.885 1.207
17 777 Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 37 56.130 1.452
18 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 42 56.208 1.530
19 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 48 56.319 1.641
20 88 Glynn GEDDIE RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 44 56.369 1.691
21 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 44 56.380 1.702
22 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 41 56.516 1.838
23 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 38 56.734 2.056
24 222 Paul RIVETT GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 43 56.888 2.210
25 49 Brad PHILPOT Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 50 57.036 2.358
26 32 Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 43 57.167 2.489
27 23 Ethan HAMMERTON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 40 57.307 2.629
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