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Jake Hill ends the first day of 2024 on top

Jake Hill finished the first official test of the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship pre-season on top of the timesheet after a day of mixed conditions at Brands Hatch.

The Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport driver made the most of the ever-improving conditions in the afternoon session to make his mark in the #24 BMW.

The track was still damp from the morning rain as the afternoon session got underway, and it was Josh Cook in his Speedworks-run Toyota leading the way early on, with EXCELR8 Motorsport’s Ronan Pearson a close second.

Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing’s Árón Taylor-Smith was next in the order as the times started to tumble throughout the afternoon. Cook’s consistency was clear to see in his new Toyota, as the Bath racer set several competitive lap times.

Reigning champion Ash Sutton was never far from the action as he continued to place himself third in the standings through both the opening hours. NAPA Racing UK’s #1 ended the day just outside the top five in sixth.

The last 30 minutes were where the lap times were coming in thick and fast as the day drew to a close. Hill topping the times with a 47.868 second lap with series returnee Rob Huff taking second for Toyota Gazoo Racing UK and, the morning-session’s fastest man, Adam Morgan less than a tenth behind in his Team BMW machine.

The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship now moves on to Croft for its second test on 10 April, before the final run at Donington Park on 16 April.

Click here for the full classification from today’s test at Brands Hatch.

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