Turkington Tops FP2 As Weather Takes Turn


Colin Turkington continued to set the pace in practice for the final meeting of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, as the wet weather returned for the second session of the day.

The West Surrey Racing BMW driver moved to the top of the times at the midway stage of the session, the 40-minute encounter held initially in dry conditions as the track improved further from the morning downpour.

However, that weather took a sharp turn for the worse as rain, coupled with brief showings of lightning, arrived to bring the session to an abrupt halt for several minutes.

Turkington had only just jumped to the top of the times ahead of the MG duo of Sam Tordoff and Jason Plato, Plato the only significant improvement upon the restart as he jumped ahead of Tordoff for second. Turkington ended on an ultimate time of 1m31.729s, over 12 second quicker than in FP1.

Behind the top three, Gordon Shedden was next up for the works Honda squad ahead of the Pirtek Racing Honda Civic of outgoing champion, Andrew Jordan, the man of whom won two races at this circuit in the season-opening meeting.

Jack Goff once again shone in the difficult conditions as he ended sixth, and again the top BMR Racing Volkswagen CC as Adam Morgan split him from VW team-mates Aron Smith and Alain Menu.

Matt Neal had started the started the strongest of all as he lead for much of the opening few minutes of second practice, but he eventually rounded out the top 10 in the Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Tourer.

Dave Newsham was one of those to suffer a spin in the session at Graham Hill Bend, while Tom Ingram suffered problems including a vibration that limited his running.

Rob Collard again did not complete a timed lap, but enjoyed six ventures out to the circuit as the West Surrey Racing driver effectively continued a shakedown of the repaired BMW 125i which Collard said suffered a misfire in first practice.

Qualifying gets underway at 15.35, and you can follow all the action with The Checkered Flag and on Twitter via @tcfBTCC.