Turkington Heads The Way In Second BTCC Practice At Brands


Colin Turkington upped the ante in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship free practice session of the day at Brands Hatch GP circuit, leading a Team BMR one-two.

The second 40-minute session of the day at the Kent circuit was dominated by the reigning champion, Turkington lowering the fastest time of the day to 1m31.302s.

The BMR outfit notched up the top two spots of the session in fact, as Jason Plato ended just 0.167s adrift of the pace of his Volkswagen CC team-mate in second spot. Series leader Gordon Shedden was next up for the Honda Yuasa Racing squad, the Civic Type-R looking rapid despite carrying 75kg success ballast for the Scot heading the standings.

Andy Priaulx was again West Surrey Racing and BMW’s best runner in fourth, while Jack Goff again ended inside the top five for the Triple Eight Racing MG team.

His team-mate Andrew Jordan was next up in sixth, Tom Ingram‘s Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis seventh ahead of Mat Jackson (Ford), Matt Neal (Honda) and the improving Alain Menu (Volkswagen) rounding out the top 10.

First practice pace-setter Adam Morgan could only manage 15th place for Mercedes in the second, Rob Collard and Sam Tordoff only 14th and 18th for WSR.

Simon Belcher suffered an off at Graham Hill Bend, a spot for many lurid moments as the likes of Jordan and Mike Bushell both saved their own respective sideways antics.

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.