Andrew Jordan Ahead After Second Practice At Snetterton


Andrew Jordan moved to the top in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship free practice session of the day at Snetterton, truncated by an off for the Mercedes of Aiden Moffat.

Sporting a striking one-off chrome livery, the 2013 BTCC champion left it until his final lap of the second 40-minute session of the day to go fastest of all, topping the times with an effort of 1m56.543s.

Fastest in first practice, the light West Surrey Racing BMW 125i of Priaulx was initially quickest out of the blocks in the second session as rear-wheel drive machines traditionally took to the circuit first, improving before the Volkswagen CC of Aron Smith moved to the top of the times by 0.087s.

Cars flocked into the pits after 17 minutes however when red flags were waved, caused by Aiden Moffat who suffered an off in the opening corners. The young Scot emerged from his Mercedes A-Class unscathed however.

When the session resumed it was still Smith that topped the times for much of the last 20 minutes, only for Team BMR team-mate Jason Plato to move ahead of the Irishman with a time of 1m56.583s heading inside the final five minutes.

At a Snetterton circuit which he claimed his first ever BTCC victory at back in 1997, Plato headed a 1-2-3 for the BMR squad briefly with Colin Turkington third, until Jordan strung together his best lap thanks largely to an excellent first sector in the final minute.

The top eight drivers were split by less than half a second, Turkington improving to second ahead of Plato, Smith and Priaulx, while Jack Goff confirmed Triple Eight and MG’s pace in sixth. The top 10 was rounded out by Tom Ingram (Toyota), Dave Newsham (Chevrolet), Rob Collard (BMW) and Matt Neal (Honda), while Sam Tordoff and Gordon Shedden could only muster 11th and 12th respectively

Barry Horne moved ahead of Stewart Lines‘ Toyota Avensis at the rear of the field in his second BTCC session, one spot behind Nic Hamilton‘s Audi as the brother of F1 champion Lewis Hamilton enters his second meeting for AmD Tuning.

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.

  • Michael Purvis

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