Honda driver Dan Cammish dipped under the Thruxton British Touring Car Championship lap record to set the fastest time in opening practice ahead of MB Motorsport's Jake Hill.

Cammish arrives into the fifth round of the 2020 season some 57-points behind championship leader Colin Turkington, but the Halfords Yuasa Racing driver smashed Sam Tordoff's existing pole-position by almost 0.2s to lead the field after FP1.

Fellow Honda runner Hill had paced the opening half of the 40-minute running, but Cammish raised the bar after setting a 1'15.327s, almost 0.3s faster than Hill.

As expected, Honda machinery dominated the top-ten order with no less than five Civic Type-Rs setting times good enough for the top-ten.

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK's Tom Ingram was third quickest aboard his factory Corolla, while Team BMW's Tom Oliphant followed just behind in fourth.

Thruxton specialist Adam Morgan was fifth ahead of BTC Racing's Josh Cook in sixth. Reigning four-time champion Turkington ended the opening session with the seventh fastest time, some 0.8s off Cammish's time topping pace.

BTC Racing's Tom Chilton was the only other driver to lap within a second of Cammish's record-breaking lap in ninth, while Senna Proctor completed the top-ten order for the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai squad in tenth.

Turkington's current chief title rival Ash Sutton was twelfth fastest in the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50. Just 10-points cover the leading duo in the championship table.

Rob Austin marked his return to competitive BTCC action by setting the 20th fastest time after almost two-years away from the series. Austin is stepping in for the injured Mike Bushell at Power Maxed Racing for the Thruxton weekend.

 

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