Andrew Jordan Ups The Pace In Rockingham Second Practice


Andrew Jordan upped the pace in second practice as he topped the times ahead of qualifying for the eighth Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season at Rockingham.

After not setting a competitive lap time to speak of in opening practice, the early pace of the second 40-minute session was shown by Jason Plato and Jordan who dipped under the 1m23s barrier for the first time today as conditions showed significant improvement.

The times continued to fall, Goff making it a Triple Eight MG one-two with a time just 0.022s quicker than his team-mate Jordan, the 2012 Renault UK Clio Cup champion surviving a moment near the halfway mark at the final chicane to set the pace.

That time was also soon bettered as Ingram again showed off his practice pace by edging clear by an extra four tenths of a second, Plato moving up to second swiftly but still 0.040s off the pace of the Toyota Avensis man.

MG then found themselves back at the top with three minutes remaining, Jordan’s effort of 1m22.553s taking the top spot which would stay by 0.009s over Ingram as the top five drivers were covered by just 0.116s.

Plato was third ahead of the late improving Goff, Josh Cook again shining for Power Maxed Racing in fifth spot ahead of the best Honda in sixth of Gordon SheddenAron Smith was next for Team BMRDave Newsham (Chevrolet), Colin Turkington (Volkswagen) and Mat Jackson (Ford) rounding out the top 10.

Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard struggled down in 14th and 15th in the chilly temperatures for West Surrey Racing, while Matt Neal improved but was only 16th overall.

Kieran Gallagher completed a second free practice session without difficulty with the Team HARD Toyota Avensis, which is now running a TOCA powerplant under the bonnet after major reliability issues in recent meetings prior to the Corby visit. Stewart Lines meanwhile had an off at Deene, the same destination of a wide moment for the Audi of Rob Austin in the closing minutes.

Qualifying gets underway at 15:40, and you can keep up with the action here at www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk, or via Twitter at @tcfBTCC.