Brands Hatch BTCC: Turkington leads title rival Cammish in practice

Matt Kew
Turkington leads title rival Cammish in practice
Turkington leads title rival Cammish in practice

Points leader Colin Turkington and nearest title rival Dan Cammish set the pace in first practice for the British Touring Car Championship season finale at Brands Hatch.

Greasy conditions meant two red flag stoppages killed off a quarter of the 40-minute session as BMW 330i M Sport driver Turkington set a benchmark time of 1m42.122s on slick tyres.

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He enters the final three races with a 16-point cushion over Cammish, and carries the full 54kg of success ballast through both practice sessions, qualifying and race one.

Team Dynamics driver Cammish was just 0.03 seconds shy of Turkington around the Grand Prix layout, with his Honda Civic Type R carrying 6kg less weight.

The slippery circuit twice caught drivers out at the Druids hairpin, with Team Hard driver Michael Crees causing a red flag when he bedded his Volkswagen CC into the gravel after 15 minutes.

Returning BTCC driver Michael Caine suffered a near carbon copy when the session resumed, with his Motorbase Ford Focus RS requiring recovery.

Although the top 15 cars lapped within 1s of Turkington, third fastest Ash Sutton was 0.217s off the top time, with Aidan Moffat fourth in the Infiniti Q50.

Stephen Jelley was fifth, meaning the top four runners were in rear-wheel-drive machinery.

Behind Matt Simpson was Andrew Jordan, Turkington's team-mate and third in the points.

The 2013 champion is entering what is expected to be his last BTCC round after the withdrawal of title sponsor Pirtek, and was 0.432s off the pace.

Jordan, who scored the new 3 Series' first win on the Indy circuit during the season-opening round, holds a 17-point deficit in the standings.

Outside title contenders Tom Ingram and Josh Cook wound up eighth and 13th respectively.

Practice one times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Colin Turkington

WSR

BMW

1m42.122s

-

13

2

Dan Cammish

Team Dynamics

Honda

1m42.152s

0.030s

14

3

Ash Sutton

BMR Racing

Subaru

1m42.339s

0.217s

13

4

Aiden Moffat

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

1m42.370s

0.248s

17

5

Stephen Jelley

Team Parker Racing

BMW

1m42.423s

0.301s

17

6

Matt Simpson

Simpson Racing

Honda

1m42.511s

0.389s

17

7

Andrew Jordan

WSR

BMW

1m42.554s

0.432s

13

8

Tom Ingram

Speedworks Motorsport

Toyota

1m42.627s

0.505s

13

9

Tom Chilton

Motorbase Performance

Ford

1m42.635s

0.513s

15

10

Senna Proctor

BMR Racing

Subaru

1m42.673s

0.551s

15

11

Jason Plato

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

1m42.681s

0.559s

11

12

Matt Neal

Team Dynamics

Honda

1m42.729s

0.607s

14

13

Josh Cook

BTC Racing

Honda

1m42.765s

0.643s

16

14

Chris Smiley

BTC Racing

Honda

1m42.839s

0.717s

12

15

Ollie Jackson

Motorbase Performance

Ford

1m43.044s

0.922s

16

16

Mark Blundell

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

1m43.184s

1.062s

19

17

Mike Bushell

AmD Tuning

Honda

1m43.336s

1.214s

17

18

Jake Hill

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

1m43.403s

1.281s

14

19

Rob Collard

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

1m43.413s

1.291s

15

20

Jack Goff

Team Hard

Volkswagen

1m43.454s

1.332s

14

21

Tom Oliphant

WSR

BMW

1m43.495s

1.373s

14

22

Carl Boardley

Team Hard

Volkswagen

1m43.507s

1.385s

15

23

Rory Butcher

AmD Tuning

Honda

1m43.812s

1.690s

15

24

Michael Caine

Motorbase Performance

Ford

1m43.920s

1.798s

7

25

Bobby Thompson

Team Hard

Volkswagen

1m44.103s

1.981s

5

26

Adam Morgan

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

1m44.224s

2.102s

11

27

Rob Smith

Excelr8 Motorsport

MG

1m44.516s

2.394s

17

28

Daniel Rowbottom

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

1m44.859s

2.737s

13

29

Michael Crees

Team Hard

Volkswagen

1m44.917s

2.795s

6

30

Sam Osborne

Excelr8 Motorsport

MG

1m45.194s

3.072s

16


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