Sam Tordoff Tops Shortened Second Practice


Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Sam Tordoff grabbed the top spot late in a shortened second British Touring Car Championship practice session of the day at his local circuit, Croft.

The MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save BTCC Team driver left it late to head the times in Saturday’s second practice session, beating Andrew Jordan by 0.275s after two late bursts.

Reigning champion Jordan had been the man holding the cards in the first half of the session, moving to the top of the times early in the 40-minute session ahead of the works Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Tourer of Gordon Shedden.

Jordan was almost half a second clear before Colin Turkington interloped the top two, while Tordoff and team-mate Jason Plato played it cautiously in the first half of the session.

Tordoff emerged and soon began setting fastest times in each sector, moving to the top of the sheets where he remained thanks to a 1m24.115s effort that pipped Jordan to practice two honours.

Adam Morgan again showed promise with a late lap to go third in the WIX Racing Mercedes, ahead of Turkington’s WSR BMW and the mightily impressive Glynn Geddie in the the United Autosports Toyota.

Geddie finished inside the top five ahead of Rob Austin, who brought the session to an early end after a trip through the gravel ended in a fairly heavy impact with the barriers at Clervaux.

Rob Austin 2014 Croft FP2

Shedden ended seventh ahead of Alain Menu‘s BMR Racing Volkswagen Passat, while Martin Depper again made it two Pirtek Racing Honda Civics in the top 10 with ninth ahead of Dave Newsham after both briefly lead in the opening minutes.

Newsham survived an off at one stage also, while the stoppage prevented Plato from putting in a competitive lap time in the closing stages – the double champion therefore ending last overall.

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