Jake Hill at Donington Park in BTCC 2018

BTCC Donington Park Rounds 2018

Last weekend saw the BTCC Donington Park Rounds 2018 as the British Touring Car Championship made its way to the Leicestershire circuit. Thursday saw a test day for some of the support series, and the timetable for the weekend included the usual Renault Clio Cup, British F4, Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Ginetta Juniors, and the Porsche Carerra Cup.

After some glorious weather since the opening Brands Hatch round, conditions changed again and Friday was a wet and cool day, and the conditions continued into Saturday.

Dan Cammish topped the times in Free Practice One from Josh Cook, and it was the same two drivers but in the opposite order that topped Free Practice Two. Cook’s form continued into qualifying where he topped the table from a fantastic second place for Norlin’s Chris Smiley, with Sam Tordoff in third, followed by Cammish. Jake Hill, fresh from his first BTCC podium at Brands Hatch, was setting some great times in the top ten before scrutineering found that an earlier bump to avoid an incident had left a trailing bumper that caused a ride height infringement and his times were discounted, dropping him to the back of the grid.

Sunday saw a strong start for Cook, which saw him convert pole position to a win in race one, again followed by Cammish, with Aiden Moffat in third.

The second race saw some fantastic battles, and it was Tom Ingram who claimed his second win of the year, with Smiley up to second place. Jack Goff joined them on the podium.

The final race of the day saw Rory Butcher start from pole ahead of reigning champion Ash Sutton. Adam Morgan took the chequered flag from Cook and Moffat. A special mention to Jake Hill who went from 23rd on the grid to 10th and took his second Jack Sears Trophy of the year.

The teams move to Thruxton in three weeks. In the meantime, here are some photos from Donington.