Cook turns up the heat in FP2
Power Maxed TAG Racing’s Josh Cook returned the favour on Dan Cammish by setting the pace in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Free Practice session at Donington Park.
Cammish topped Cook in the opening session earlier this morning, but this time it was the Vauxhall Astra man clocking a 1:19.863s benchmark – the quickest of the day so far. With rain still falling on the Leicestershire venue it was the young duo again showing their credentials in tricky conditions.
“I was trying hard!” confirmed Cook. “The pace seems to be in the car but I’m still unhappy with the balance so we’ve got things to work on as everyone will be going faster in quali with the conditions. If it’s mixed I’ll be copying Senna (Proctor)! We’re overdue a weekend where we don’t hit bad luck.
“Qualifying’s the one that counts – FP1 and 2 mean little to an extent in regards to times. It’s great being back here at PMR and it’s nice to have continuity – I know everybody in the team and on the car. It’s a great car and we’ve showed pace in all weathers.”
Chris Smiley impressed hugely for BTC Norlin Racing with third, ahead of Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat, who is himself steadily becoming a regular contender in the BTCC.
Sam Tordoff and Rory Butcher completed a relatively surprising looking top six, with the latter again showing his form and that of the revitalised AmD MG6.
Tom Chilton set the seventh fastest time for Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher, but was also responsible for the only red flag stoppage of the day so far. Chilton’s Ford Focus RS ground to a halt on-track midway through the 40-minute session but was soon back on its way after a technical reboot.
Toyota star Tom Ingram was eighth, whilst the Ciceley Motorsport pairing of Tom Oliphant and Adam Morgan completed the top ten.
The wet and wild session was a test for all drivers but most escaped relatively unscathed. Brett Smith was one to recover from a lurid slide across the grass in his Eurotech-run Honda, although manufacturer man Matt Neal wasn’t so lucky. The three time BTCC champion had his own moment leading to some damage to his new Honda Civic Type R, although he’ll be expected back-on-track later today.
Qualifying for Round 4 of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship takes place at 1520 and will be streamed live and exclusively via www.itv.com/btcc.
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Free Practice 2 – Donington Park
1 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing 1m19.863s
2 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.379s
3 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +0.463s
4 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.871s
5 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +1.067s
6 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +1.085s
7 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.100s
8 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +1.102s
9 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +1.109s
10 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +1.114s
11 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +1.126s
12 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +1.153s
13 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +1.252s
14 James NASH (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +1.335s
15 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +1.364s
16 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +1.406s
17 James COLE (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.492s
18 Brett SMITH (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +1.522s
19 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +1.555s
20 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing +1.675s
21 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +1.774s
22 Josh PRICE (GBR) Autoglym Academy Racing +1.822s
23 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +1.838s
24 Jake HILL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +1.865s
25 Tom BOARDMAN (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +1.872s
26 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +1.967s
27 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +2.119s
28 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +2.228s
29 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +2.617s
30 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +2.643s
31 Sam SMELT (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +2.993s
32 Michael CAINE (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +3.378s