Árón Taylor-Smith comfortably top in damp first practice at Knockhill

Team HARD’s Árón Taylor-Smith ended up on top of the times in a damp start to the British Touring Car Championship weekend at Knockhill, the CUPRA driver’s late effort leaving him four tenths clear of team-mate Bobby Thompson.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook had been on top of the times for most of the 40-minute session, which saw driver’s utilising wet tyres due to a rain shower.

But as the session went on conditions began to dry up, and by the end drivers were able to sample slick rubber, with Taylor-Smith proving to be the driver who made it around in time to start a late lap.

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The Irishman ended up lapping the Scottish circuit in 53.088 seconds, leaving him comfortably clear of fellow CUPRA racer Thompson.

Power Maxed Racing’s Michael Crees was third quickest in his Vauxhall Astra, albeit almost a second and a half slower than Taylor-Smith.

Cook ended up in fourth, more than two seconds slower than the drying pace, ahead of Toyota’s Rory Butcher in fifth and MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill in sixth.

Team Dynamics’ local favourite Gordon Shedden was seventh at his home circuit, second quickest of the Honda runners.

Second practice gets underway at 12:15 BST followed by qualifying at 15:30 BST.

First practice results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 25 53.088
2 19 Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 21 53.531 0.443
3 777 Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 23 54.495 1.407
4 66 Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 55.393 2.305
5 6 Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 22 55.539 2.451
6 24 Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 20 55.752 2.664
7 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 20 55.821 2.733
8 9 Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 19 55.920 2.832
9 42 George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 21 55.965 2.877
10 1 Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 21 55.967 2.879
11 80 Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 18 55.972 2.884
12 48 Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 23 55.974 2.886
13 21 Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 25 56.004 2.916
14 12 Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 22 56.087 2.999
15 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 17 56.103 3.015
16 11 Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 56.154 3.066
17 50 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 21 56.176 3.088
18 3 Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 21 56.182 3.094
19 77 Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 18 56.374 3.286
20 33 Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 17 56.444 3.356
21 99 Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 56.534 3.446
22 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 23 56.543 3.455
23 17 Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 23 56.582 3.494
24 123 Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 20 56.637 3.549
25 96 Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 22 56.723 3.635
26 97 Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 56.924 3.836
27 62 Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 22 57.320 4.232
28 28 Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 22 57.355 4.267
29 20 Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 7 58.360 5.272
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