Turkington takes top spot in FP2
Double BTCC champion Colin Turkington left it late to claim the quickest time of the day so far, as the Team BMW star set the pace in Free Practice Two at Knockhill.
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver Ash Sutton had been on top for the majority of the session, but the young championship challenger eventually had to settle for second place. James Cole confirmed Subaru’s pace by claiming third, as the former Formula Ford UK champion continues his recent upturn in form.
Honda machinery filled the next two positions in the shape of Matt Neal’s Halfords Yuasa Racing car and the independently run Eurotech Civic Type R of Jack Goff. Both drivers have performed well in qualifying this term with Neal having taken two pole positions and Goff claiming his own maiden pole at Snetterton last time out.
Andrew Jordan, Jason Plato and Rob Collard further highlighted the advantages seemingly enjoyed by rear-wheel drive cars around the tight and undulating 1.3-mile circuit as the experienced trio took sixth, seventh and ninth places respectively.
Two young drivers filled the other top ten positions with Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat in eighth and AmDTuning.com’s Ant Whorton-Eales in tenth.
The fast and frenetic session saw all 32 drivers recording representative lap times with the top 26 being blanketed by an incredible 0.896s. MG Racing RCIB Insurance’s Josh Cook brought up the rear of the field although his MG6 did suffer with a suspected oil leak.
Qualifying for Round 19 of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship takes places at 16:10 later today with the action being streamed live and exclusively at www.itv.com/btcc.
2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Free Practice 2 – Knockhill
1 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW 52.336s (87.15mph)
2 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.046s
3 James COLE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.139s
4 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.143s
5 Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing +0.176s
6 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.227s
7 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.238s
8 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.277s
9 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +0.327s
10 Ant WHORTON-EALES (GBR) AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts +0.335s
11 Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.349s
12 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +0.411s
13 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +0.422s
14 Josh PRICE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.426s
15 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +0.449s
16 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts +0.461s
17 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +0.487s
18 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +0.489s
19 Aron TAYLOR-SMITH (IRL) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +0.533s
20 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.536s
21 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +0.543s
22 Mat JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +0.564s
23 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +0.645s
24 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +0.776s
25 Jake HILL (GBR) TAG Racing +0.874s
26 Will BURNS (GBR) Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing +0.896s
27 Michael EPPS (GBR) Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing +1.019s
28 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +1.032s
29 Martin DEPPER (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +1.125s
30 Brett SMITH (GBR) Eurotech Racing +1.354s
31 Stewart LINES (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +1.547s
32 Josh COOK (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +2.042s