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BTCC FP1: Morgan motors to top spot at Donington Park

Saturday, October 09 2021

Adam Morgan posted the fastest time in the opening free practice session of the day for the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park this morning (Saturday).

The Car Gods BMW driver posted a best effort of 1m09.840s halfway through the 40 minute session, and was just three thousandths of a second quicker than BTC Honda driver Senna Proctor.

Proctor's teammate Josh Cook was within a tenth of the overall pace in third, and 0.011s clear of Silverstone double winner Rory Butcher in the Toyota Corolla.

Butcher's fellow Toyota driver Sam Smelt was fifth, 0.003s ahead of the Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic of Gordon Shedden.

Next up was Chris Smiley in the Hyundai i30N, with reigning champion Ash Sutton eighth in the Laser Tools Infiniti Q50.

Tom Ingram (Hyundai) and Aron Taylor-Smith (Cupra Leon) completed a top-10 covered by less than half a second.

The session was twice interrupted for red flags, with Jack Goff suffering an issue with 10 minutes remaining. The session resumed, only for Goff's teammate Nicolas Hamilton also to encounter trouble with just over a minute remaining.

The second BTCC Free Practice session is due to commence at 12.10, ahead of qualifying at 14.35.

Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Donington Park, Free Practice 1 result:

1. Adam Morgan, Car Gods BMW 330i M Sport, 1m09.840s
2. Senna Proctor, BTC Racing Honda Civic, +0.003s
3. Josh Cook, BTC Racing Honda Civic, +0.099s
4. Rory Butcher, Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla, +0.110s
5. Sam Smelt, Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla, +0.245s
6. Gordon Shedden, Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic, +0.248s
7. Chris Smiley, Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N, +0.282s
8. Ashley Sutton, Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50, +0.344s
9. Tom Ingram, Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N, +0.382s
10. Aron Taylor-Smith, Team HARD Cupra Leon, +0.437s

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