Hill tops morning session of Silverstone BTCC pre-season test

Jake Hill topped the British Touring Car Championship pre-season test in the morning at Silverstone on Tuesday, ahead of Andrew Jordan’s BMW.

The launch event still went ahead despite the majority of sporting events in the country being cancelled due to coronavirus, but public entry was cancelled after the latest government advice.

With the day going ahead as planned otherwise, Hill set the fastest time of the morning in his MB Motorsport Honda, with a best time of 1m06.512s around the Silverstone International circuit, on what was a strong day for ex-BTCC racer Mark Blundell’s newly named team.

Jordan was three tenths behind the Hill’s Honda in the BMW 330i M Sport, while the Toyota of Tom Ingram was third on the timesheet, having set a fastest time of 1m06.903s.

Reigning BTCC Champion Colin Turkington was fourth fastest, having completed 65 laps, a total equalled only by Ollie Jackson, and Dan Cammish ended the day in fifth, just 0.049s behind the champion.

James Gornall had an impressive morning with GKR TradePriceCars.com, setting the sixth fastest time, and he ended up 0.080s ahead of the third BMW of Tom Oliphant.

Senna Proctor was the fastest Hyundai on the circuit, with the manufacturer making its first official appearance as it joins the series this year, ending the day eighth with a best time of 1m07.199s, while the Team Parker Racing BMW 1 Series of Stephen Jelly was ninth fastest.

Matt Neal rounded out the top ten in his Honda Civic Type R, with Rory Butcher and Jason Plato behind in 11th and 12th respectively.

Although teams and drivers were able to complete their pre-season test, they will have to wait until at least May until they can get racing again, after the BTCC and TOCA announced that the first three events of the season have been postponed.