Sam Tordoff Ups The Pace In Second Practice At Brands Hatch


Sam Tordoff upped the pace during the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship free practice session at Brands Hatch.

The West Surrey Racing driver put in a late brace of flying laps during the final five minutes of the session, one which saw the top 18 cars separated by under a second.

Tom Ingram picked up from where he left off in the day’s initial practice session by heading the way for Speedworks Motorsport, maintaining the strong form for Toyota in the second 40-minute encounter.

The former triple Ginetta champion was however usurped of the top spot by an unlikely source in Aron Smith, impressing in the Team BKR Volkswagen CC machine formerly raced by Team BMR.

The Irishman’s efforts were not quite enough to head the way by the time the flag was waved at the end of the session however, as a 48.132s lap from Tordoff put him quickest by 0.164s.

Behind the rapid trio of Tordoff, Smith and Ingram, Gordon Shedden popped up into fourth spot for the Halfords Yuasa Racing squad ahead of Adam Morgan‘s Mercedes A-Class.

A second Honda Civic Type-R was sixth fastest in the hands of Matt Neal, while Ashley Sutton again shone and tested the limits for Triple Eight on his way to seventh spot.

Andrew Jordan (Ford), Josh Cook (MG) and Mat Jackson (Ford) rounded out the top 10, all 32 drivers making it out onto the circuit on this occasion after Team HARD’s Mike Epps did not appear in first practice.

Colin Turkington was again fastest Subaru Levorg for Team BMR in 19th spot, just over a second adrift of Tordoff’s time while Jason Plato improved to 23rd place overall.

A misfire problem hindered WSR’s Rob Collard, meaning the BMW duo topped and tailed the times in second practice.

Qualifying gets underway at 15:40, and you can keep up with all the action right here and via @TheCheckerFlag on Twitter.