Jordan Tops The Times In Brands FP2

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Andrew Jordan fired a warning shot to his rivals ahead of the first qualifying session of the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Championship with the quickest time in Free Practice Two at Brands Hatch.

Jason Plato, Gordon Shedden and Jordan were top of the timesheets during the opening free practice session and it was the same trio who set the pace during the early part of the second session.

It wasn’t until the final few minutes that the meaningful times started to come in though as the drivers flexed their muscles ahead of qualifying, with Pirtek Racing’s Jordan lapping the track quickest in 43.383s.

Shedden (48.386s) ended up just 0.003s further back, with his Honda Yuasa Racing team-mate Matt Neal (48.725s) fourth and Pirtek’s Jeff Smith (49.040s) sixth, ensuring all four NGTC Honda Civic’s were in the top six.

MG KX Momentum Racing’s Plato (48.528s) ended up third, 0.145s off Jordan’s best, with his rookie team-mate Sam Tordoff (49.255s) ninth.

A strong session for Toyota saw three Avensis’ in the top eight, Adam Morgan (48.978s) fifth, Frank Wrathall (49.179s) seventh and Dave Newsham (49.206s) eighth.

It proved to be an underwhelming session for eBay Motors, with 2009 champion Colin Turkington (49.290s) best of their BMW trio, with Rob Collard (50.503s) in an uncharacteristic nineteenth, while for Airwaves Racing, Aron Smith (49.582s) and Mat Jackson (49.589s) ended twelfth and thirteenth respectively.

The session provided more crucial track time for Team. HARD’s trio of new cars, with Jack Goff lapping most, 26 times, a marked improvement from his 7 laps in FP1.

In the S2000 class, Lea Wood (50.145s) was quickest in his Vauxhall Vectra, ahead of James Kaye (50.463s) and Liam Griffin (50.600s).

You can view the full FP2 results here:

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