Plato Tops Second BTCC Practice At Snetterton

Jason Plato led the way in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship practice session with a stunning lap time.

The MG KX Momentum Racing MG6 lapped the three-mile Snetterton circuit in 1m57.569s to best an impressive Dave Newsham by nearly half a second.

This morning’s pacesetter Andrew Jordan was third fastest ahead of Adam Morgan, showing strongly again in the Toyota, and defending champion Matt Neal, whose Yuasa Racing teammate Gordon Shedden failed to appear after the team continued to repair his Honda Civic after the pitlane fire earlier this morning.

Mat Jackson’s shakedown of the brand new NGTC Redstone Racing Ford Focus ST continued as he began to move up the timesheets, running as high as 12th at one point before finishing 16th, while setting the speed traps purple to show the new car is definitely up to scratch.

Plato’s superb time came early in the session, leaving the rest to play catch up, and though only three cars managed to get within one second of the MG man, little more than a second covered the rest of the top ten, setting us up very nicely for qualifying later this afternoon.

Newsham featured at the front throughout, at first moving up to third before going faster still to take a somewhat surprising second, while Morgan’s leap up the timesheets came late on, the Toyota improving on each of its final three tours before the flag.

The eBay Motors BMW pair of Tom Onslow-Cole and Rob Collard impressed, hanging on to the coattails of their NGTC rivals in 6th and 7th, marginally head of Dan Welch, Rob Austin and Frank Wrathall.

Tony Gilham managed only a few laps in the Thorney Motorsport Insignia and propped up the timesheets while debutant Robb Holland finished the session 19th.