Tom Oliphant tops BMW 1-2-3
Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant set the quickest lap time in Free Practice 2 of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch as he edged out stable-mates Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington respectively.
Oliphant clocked his lap relatively early in the session as light rain may have prevented teams from showing their true hand, but WSR team boss Dick Bennetts is still happy with his squad’s progress.
“Tom Oliphant did his time early on before the damp came, while the others were bedding in, but it has still been a good start to proceedings,” said Bennetts. “The decision came late in the day to build the three 330i M Sports. It’s a five-six month project condensed into three.
“Given it’s a brand new road car, we didn’t get shells until November with design and build getting underway in December. The guys have put in some long hours throughout an intense programme in the workshop.”
Jason Plato’s move to Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing continues to develop as the two-time BTCC Champion set the fourth fastest time in the Vauxhall Astra, ahead of Tom Chilton’s Motorbase-run Ford Focus.
Further improvement for the all-new Toyota Corolla helped move Tom Ingram into sixth, whilst local man Jake Hill continues to show well with seventh in the Audi S3.
Dan Cammish set the eighth fastest time for Halfords Yuasa Racing, with Ollie Jackson showing well for Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher in ninth.
Sam Tordoff rounded out the top ten with the top 20 covered cars by less than a second amid greasy conditions.
Qualifying for Round 1 of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch will take place at 15:15 later today and will be streamed live via www.itv.com/btcc.
2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Free Practice 2 – Brands Hatch Indy
1 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW 48.475s
2 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.099s
3 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.192s
4 Jason PLATO (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.399s
5 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.483s
6 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Team Toyota GB with Ginsters +0.505s
7 Jake HILL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +0.516s
8 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.606s
9 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.654s
10 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +0.671s
11 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Racing +0.706s
12 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.717s
13 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +0.786s
14 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.831s
15 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +0.867s
16 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.871s
17 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.883s
18 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +0.904s
19 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +0.942s
20 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.989s
21 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1.059s
22 Mark BLUNDELL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +1.285s
23 Rob SMITH (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +1.375s
24 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +1.501s
25 Michael CREES (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +1.576s
26 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Motorbase +1.611s
27 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport +1.827s
28 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +2.016s
29 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +2.077s
30 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +4.708s