HILL STARS ON SECOND MORNING AT OULTON PARK
MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square ace Jake Hill went fastest during a wet morning session today (7 July) as the second day of the Goodyear tyre test got underway at Oulton Park.
Rory Butcher (Toyota Gazoo Racing UK) took second on the timesheets ahead of Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing’s Dan Lloyd, with the Scot having hit the summit early on before Hill pipped him by little over two-tenths of a second just before the halfway mark.
“A really good morning, with lots learned,” said Hill. “We tried lots of different things and obviously the rain was stopping and coming again. Ultimately we seemed to get the better of everyone and stuck a good time in there in FP1.
“Yesterday was really good, too. The one area I think we’ve struggled with so far this year is the soft tyre, so yesterday we spent all our dry running just on that. Trying to understand it and gain more information about this car and how it needs to work with it. We ended up fifth overall but that was with the soft tyre and just trying to understand it to be honest, doing race runs and that sort of thing. Overall it was a great day and we learnt an awful lot that hopefully will work when carried forward throughout the rest of the year.”
Local challenger Tom Oliphant (Team BMW) who was the first of the 23 drivers to hit the track initially held the fastest lap time but would settle for fourth by the end of the session.
Jason Plato joined his PMR team-mate in the top ten with sixth-fastest, while the Manufacturer-backed BMW of Stephen Jelley and Toyota of Sam Smelt took the seventh and eighth spots respectively.
The closest lap times came from BTCC Champions Ash Sutton (Laser Tools Racing) and Colin Turkington (Team BMW) in ninth and tenth, as the rivals were separated by just two-thousandths of a second.
Andrew Jordan pressed on in the TOCA Hybrid Toyota Corolla during the session, clocking an impressive 54 laps as the Cosworth-run machine continues its testing and development programme throughout the two-day event.
With the potential of more rain on the horizon later this afternoon, the next session – which takes place between 1330-1655 – will no doubt see a number of drivers aim to head out early and get some dry running under their belts on the 2.23-mile circuit.
Click here for the full result from today’s Goodyear tyre test morning session at Oulton Park.