Sam Tordoff Moves BMW To The Top In FP2 At Croft


BMW moved to the head of the times at Croft as Sam Tordoff went quickest in the second official Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship practice session of the day.

The West Surrey Racing driver had been second in a BWM lock-out of the top three spots for much of the 40-minute session at the North Yorkshire circuit, Andy Priaulx again quick out of the blocks.

The triple World Touring Car Champion had held the advantage until the final five minutes of proceedings, when Oulton Park winner Tordoff significantly lowered the times with an ultimate best of 1m24.534s, quicker than Tom Ingram‘s effort earlier in the day.

Tordoff’s time was 0.314s faster than Ingram, who again put together a late flyer to demote Priaulx to third place while Gordon Shedden jumped up to fourth place with a similarly late charge for Honda Yuasa Racing.

Triple Eight and MG had a chance to shine thanks to Jack Goff‘s fifth place, the manufacturer hoping to take their first Croft win since Jason Plato did so back in 2012.

Plato himself was only 15th overall, ahead of Team BMR team-mate Colin Turkington, the latter starting quietly as he bids to make it four pole positions in succession at the circuit.

Behind fifth-placed Goff came Adam Morgan (Mercedes), Rob Collard (BMW), Jeff Smith (Honda) and Aron Smith (Volkswagen), while Rob Austin (Audi) rounded out the top 10.

Jeff Smith again showed Honda’s pace in the older Civic Type-R model despite an off early in the session, Matt Neal languishing down in 18th in the newer machine.

Qualifying gets underway at 15:45, and you can keep up with the action here at www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk, or via Twitter at @tcfBTCC.