Josh Cook continued to set the benchmark as he topped the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship free practice session at Donington Park.
Last year’s Jack Sears Trophy winner Cook, who topped Saturday’s opening practice session at the Leicester circuit, left it late to the make his mark in the second with an eventual best time of 1.10.129 on his final lap of the session.
The Triple Eight MG6 GT driver’s effort came in the final three minutes of the 40-minute session, one truncated by two red flag interruptions.
The first came after 15 minutes when Alex Martin suffered an off in the Team Parker Racing Ford Focus ST, before Warren Scott‘s Subaru Levorg created a second stoppage with 15 minutes to go after a visit to the gravel.
Cook’s time was just under two tenths quicker than the West Surrey Racing BMW of Sam Tordoff, Tom Ingram next up for Speedworks Motorsport having topped much of the session.
Mercedes and Aiden Moffat had plenty to smile about in fourth spot, ahead of reigning champion Gordon Shedden. Mat Jackson (Ford), Ashley Sutton (MG), Jeff Smith (Honda), Aron Smith (Volkswagen) and Rob Collard (BMW) rounded out the top 10.
Kelvin Fletcher was another to challenge the scenery, damaging the front end of his Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze after an off. There were dramas also for Chris Smiley, who saw his front-left wheel depart his Team HARD Toyota Avensis.