Sam Tordoff sent out a stern message in Saturday’s second practice session at Snetterton’s 300 circuit, topping the times as the MG KX Momentum Racing squad crushed their opposition once again.
Just as was the case in the day’s opening practice session, the second encounter was all about the speed of the two MG6s, Tordoff getting the upper hand this time on his team-mate Jason Plato as the duo dipped underneath Frank Wrathall‘s 2012 qualifying record.
Plato set the ball rolling with a time that appeared to be good enough to stay at the top of the charts as early as the first half of the session, Tordoff making it a 1-2 for the KX-backed Triple Eight squad thanks to his own effort.
Tordoff was made to work for his fastest lap however, as twice he found himself bumped down to third position as Honda began to show signs of an improvement in performance during second practice.
Firstly, Andrew Jordan‘s Eurotech Honda Civic split the MG pair in the second half of the 40-minute session to demote Tordoff a spot, only for the former Porsche Carrera Cup GB race winner here from last year to improve his effort and reinstate Triple Eight’s position at the top once again.
With Plato still over seven tenths clear thanks to his blistering lap record-beating effort, Gordon Shedden then left it until the final 10 minutes to attempt to spoil the party for MG by moving up to second place, still 0.6s behind the 11-time Snetterton winner.
Plato’s lap looked set to stay at the helm of the times to make it a sweep of the two practice sessions, but he was stunned by his team-mate in the dying seconds, Tordoff then going even faster on his final effort around the Norfok circuit to top the session with a time of 1m57.388s as MG again ominously locked out the top two spots ahead of Shedden.
Dave Newsham continued Toyota’s strong showing thus far with a solid lap that put the Speedworks man fourth overall ahead of Jordan, Adam Morgan finishing sixth ahead of Mat Jackson and Matt Neal, the championship leader fairing better in second practice ahead of ninth place man Colin Turkington.
The top 10 was rounded out by Team HARD‘s Jack Goff, the Vauxhall Insignia driver again showing his pace around Snetterton,while his team-mate for the weekend, Robb Holland, completed his second practice session on his BTCC return in the second Insignia, the American ending 21st overall.
Liam Griffin narrowly beat David Nye in the Jack Sears Trophy class by a mere 0.012s, while electrical problems meant that Lea Wood did not complete a lap during the session.
– Qualifying gets underway at 15:20pm, and you can follow all the action here on thecheckeredflag.co.uk, and on Twitter through tcfBTCC.