OULTON PARK WEEKEND COMMENCES WITH WET/DRY FP1
Power Maxed Car Care Racing returned to BTCC action by topping the opening free practice session at Oulton Park as drivers were greeted with mixed conditions in the North West of England.
Whilst the wet/dry session proved difficult in terms of providing pointers for the weekend ahead, it may be something that the drivers and teams will have to get used to with changeable weather forecast for the foreseeable at the picturesque venue.
PMR made the most of its on-track return as Mike Bushell got to grips with the #21 Vauxhall Astra. Bushell found the right window to bolt Goodyear dry tyres onto his machine as he produced a lap time more than 1.5s quicker than the chasing pack as conditions improved in the final ten minutes.
Michael Crees also enjoyed his run as The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing driver went second on the timesheets, ahead of Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish – both in the Honda Civic Type R Fk8s.
“It’s really difficult to learn anything,” said Cammish. “One minute it’s raining and then the next minute the sun is shining.
“These really are nightmare conditions for drivers and teams and you don’t know whether to go with a dry setup, wet setup or somewhere in the middle.”
Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters’ Tom Ingram is chasing a first ever BTCC podium at Oulton Park and the Corolla driver kicked off his weekend in decent fashion by setting the fourth fastest time, with Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher and BTC Racing’s Tom Chilton completing the top six.
Jack Goff has produced many a giant slaying in mixed conditions and the RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport man will be hoping for similar this weekend – the VW driver was seventh in his his opening run with Excelr8 Motorsport’s Senna Proctor just behind.
MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square’s Jake Hill led the way early on but eventually had to settle for ninth, whilst Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton rounded out the top ten.
The second Free Practice session takes place at 1225, before qualifying for Round 7 of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship commences at 1525 – the latter can be watched live via www.itv.com/btcc.
2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Free Practice 1 – Oulton Park
1 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Power Maxed Car Care Racing +1:32.177s
2 Michael CREES (GBR) The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing +1.727s
3 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +2.000s
4 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters +2.270s
5 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Motorbase Performance +2.376s
6 Tom CHILTON (GBR) BTC Racing +2.486s
7 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +2.511s
8 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +2.705s
9 Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +2.747s
10 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +2.878s
11 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) HUB Financial Solutions with Team HARD +3.385s
12 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +3.556s
13 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +3.608s
14 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Motorbase Performance +3.737s
15 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +3.782s
16 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +3.841s
17 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com +4.140s
18 Chris SMILEY (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +4.156s
19 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +4.258s
20 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +4.468s
21 Ollie BROWN (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Team HARD +4.978s
22 Andy NEATE (GBR) Motorbase Performance +5.038s
23 Jack BUTEL (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +5.154s
24 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Team HARD +5.249s
25 James GORNALL (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com +5.566s
26 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +5.621s
27 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +5.642s