With literally 30 seconds remaining on the clock, Team BMW’s Colin Turkington left it late to surge to the top of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car times as spots of rain began to fall at Knockhill Racing Circuit during the final stages of FP2.
It was once again the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing squad who featured heavily throughout the session, with James Cole and Ash Sutton both taking turns at the top of the timing screens. Indeed, Sutton looked odds-on to round out the session fastest with a time of 52.382 seconds, which he secured with 16 minutes left on the clock. Well, that was until Turkington snatched top spot by 0.046s with a time of 52.336 – just 0.354secs off the current BTCC lap record around Knockhill (51.983secs).
Predictably, the rear-wheel-drive Team BMWs feature in the top ten and should be considered as possible front row contenders. Halffords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal rounded out the session in 4th place despite a slow start that saw him languish in 27th place overall. Neal’s teammate, reigning champion, Gordon Shedden has to settle for 11th place on the times as he fights the 75kg of ballast aboard his Honda Civic Type R. Young Scots Aiden Moffat and Rory Butcher ended the session in 8th and 24th respectively.
The next BTCC action up today starts at 16.10pm where we’ll see the cream of Britain’s best tin-top racers battle it out for that all-important front row grid position for tomorrow’s opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car race set to go at 11.50am.
Tickets for the BTCC Lokring Northern (UK) Raceday can be booked online until midnight tonight – subject to ticket collection at the track and at the advanced discounted rate. Alternatively, tickets will be available on the gate for tomorrow’s bumper BTCC meeting.