Jordan Fastest In Second BTCC Practice At Brands

Andrew Jordan was quickest in the dry second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship practice session at Brands Hatch.

The Pirtek Racing driver, in with an outside shot of the main championship and leader of the Indie title fight, topped the interrupted session – red flagged when Tony Hughes stopped his Speedworks Toyota at Paddock Hill Bend – with a lap time of 1m31.765s, ahead of eBay Motors pair Tom Onslow-Cole and Rob Collard.

Jason Plato was first of the lead championship trio in fourth, with Jeff Smith and Nick Foster in between him and Honda Yuasa Racing pair Matt Neal  and Gordon Shedden.

The rear-wheel drive cars set the early pace as drivers took to the cold but now dry track, with Tom Onslow-Cole the early pace-setter in his eBay Motors BMW, but Jason Plato and Dave Newsham were soon amongst the top five.

Early on in the session a bizarre incident involving Tony Gilham in the newly acquired Team-HARD. Vauxhall Insignia and Dan Welch on the pit straight saw Gilham hit the wall on the inside before crawling back to the pits, before Hughes stopped the session temporarily.

As the session wore on, and the times began to edge closer to the 1m31-mark – the qualifying lap record held by Tom Chilton – the BMWs continued to look strong, Onslow-Cole and Jordan trading positions at the top, with Collard and a late-improving Foster underlining the pace in the S2000 machines.

But as Neal did in the first session, Jordan claimed top spot late on – with two lap times in a row good enough for first place.