Jordan Sets Record Thruxton Pace In Second Practice


Andrew Jordan continued his early Saturday dominance at Thruxton by topping the day’s second British Touring Car Championship free practice session.

The Pirtek Racing man slashed his efforts considerably from first practice earlier on the Saturday morning, dipping under Yvan Muller’s 12-year qualifying record from 2002 around the Hampshire circuit in doing so.

Jordan moved to the top of the times after the opening 10 minutes of the 40-minute encounter, swiftly improving a lap later with an effort of 1m16.314s to make it a sweep of both practice sessions heading into qualifying.

The reigning champion ended practice 0.478s clear of his closest rival, Gordon Shedden, while the second Yuasa Racing Civic Tourer of Matt Neal made it a Honda clean sweep of the top three spots at a circuit they have won seven of the last nine races at.

Sam Tordoff ended best of the rest in the first of the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save BTCC Team cars, finishing fourth ahead of the WIX Racing Mercedes of Adam Morgan.

The second MG of Jason Plato finished down in 17th place, the joint-championship leader enduring a relatively quiet start to the afternoon.

The session was interrupted by a red flag period, Colin Turkington the cause after a off in the eBay Motors BMW similar to team-mate Rob Collard earlier in the day.

Jack Goff impressed after the red flag period, jumping into the top 10 and ending with a lap good enough for sixth place by the conclusion.

Tom Ingram also shone for Speedworks Motorsport, finishing seventh ahead of fellow Toyota Avensis driver Glynn Geddie, the United Autosports rookie enjoying a very encouraging session.

Alain Menu ended the session in 13th place for BMR Racing, during a session in which his team-mate Aron Smith was not a participant after his first practice shunt earlier in the morning.

Qualifying gets underway at 15:55, and you can follow all the Thruxton action with The Checkered Flag and on Twitter at @tcfBTCC.