Cammish dips under lap record in FP2
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish fired out a pre-qualifying warning to his BTCC rivals by dipping under the existing lap record during Free Practice 2 at Thruxton.
The manufacturer-backed Honda driver produced his 1:15.589s lap time early in the session, which immediately bettered Matt Neal’s 1:15.612s pole position effort from last season.
Neal had to make do with tenth in this particular session, but considering that both Hondas pretty much sat out most of FP1 it would seem that the Team Dynamics-run squad is confident of its pace. Cammish will be further buoyed by the fact that he was also fastest during the test day at the Hampshire Circuit last month.
Rory Butcher was second fastest in practice today in the older-shaped Honda Civic Type R, whilst Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington continued to show the prowess of the new BMW 3 Series by taking third and fourth on the timesheets.
Adam Morgan is somewhat of a Thruxton specialist, having taken three wins previously at the UK’s fastest track, and the Mercedes driver has been inside the top five for much of the day so far. Morgan had to recover from a minor off-track excursion after he followed Nic Hamilton’s Ford onto the grass, but the former will be hoping to again contend towards the sharp end during qualifying.
Matt Simpson (Simpson Racing) and Jake Hill (TradePriceCars.com) were next up in the order, whilst Tom Oliphant ensured that all three works’ BMWs were in the top eight.
BTCC legends Jason Plato and Neal completed the top ten positions, with the first 18 drivers covered by less than a second around the 2.36-mile track.
Qualifying for Round 7 of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship takes place at 15:05 with the live streaming getting underway via www.itv.com/btcc at 15:00.
2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Free Practice 2 – Thruxton Circuit
1 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 1m15.589s
2 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +0.069s
3 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.277s
4 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.425s
5 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +0.437s
6 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.469s
7 Jake HILL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +0.472s
8 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +0.489s
9 Jason PLATO (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.479s
10 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.640s
11 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Racing +0.658s
12 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.661s
13 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.729s
14 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +0.742s
15 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +0.750s
16 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.765s
17 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Team Toyota GB with Ginsters +0.809s
18 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +0.914s
19 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +1.068s
20 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1.269s
21 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport +1.424s
22 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +1.691s
23 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.793s
24 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.919s
25 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Motorbase +2.265s
26 Rob SMITH (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +2.282s
27 Mark BLUNDELL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +2.690s
28 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +3.117s
29 Michael CREES (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +3.501s
30 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +4.219s