Jake Hill claims first place in Donington Park » TouringCars.Net

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill earned his first outright position in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championships at Donington Park, inaugurating a new hybrid era for the series by defeating fellow WSR teammate Colin Torkington for first place.

Hill had been a runner-up in qualifying five times before, but eventually broke his center-duck duck by securing the lead at sunny Donington Park on Saturday. Hill’s lap of 1 minute 8.418 seconds was also half a second short of the record lap time set just last year.

The BMW driver reached the top of the timetables just over ten minutes ago, in a session that saw a 15-minute red flag stop just eight minutes later when Dan Cammish’s Ford Focus ST in McLeans caught fire.

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Kamish’s car appeared to break the fuel line and soon a fire broke out in the Motorbase, which burned for several minutes before guards could put out the flames.

Since the Yorkshireman did not post a competitive lap at the time, he faces starting from the back of the pack on Sunday, provided his NAPA Racing UK team can fix his car overnight.

In the aftermath of the Kamish fire. Photo: Pat Cranham

The BMW driver finished second, just 0.018 seconds slower than fellow WSR driver Hill, as the Northern Irish improved from sixth to third four minutes ago before putting on another improvement just two minutes before to finish second.

Defending champion Ash Sutton endorsed NAPA Racing’s honor with a third best time, after just 0.005 seconds, ahead of Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram for fourth.

BTCC rookie George Gamble was an impressive fifth in a Ciceley Motorsport BMW, twenty off the pole, ahead of Honda’s Team Dynamics lead Gordon Scheden for sixth.

BMW’s Stephen Gilley was in the top five in the first half of the session, but the ranking quickly dropped as the others improved, and the local Leicestershire team finished seventh.

Adam Morgan put his Ciceley BMW in eighth, with the top ten being completed by Daniel Robottom of Team Dynamics and Jason Plato of Team BTC Racing, the latter being the top drivers for Team Brackley.

Ricky Collard was Toyota’s flagship at number 11y On his first competitive outing with the team, but teammate Rory Butcher had a frustrating session, the Scot was in trouble after completing just six laps and ended up on 26y In the era.

Hyundai’s second-best Excelr8 model, Daniel Lloyd, finished in the top ten in the first half of the course but dropped to 12y Later.

Having had his car completely overhauled after hitting the stacker in first practice, Josh Cooke managed to rally only 16y Faster, eight tenths of the speed.

None of Infinitis broke into the top 20, with Aiden Moffat being the best among Laser Tools Racing’s 23 race cars in 23research and development.

The first race is scheduled to start at 11:50 BST on Sunday.

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