Andrew Jordan Tops Truncated First BTCC Practice At Rockingham

Andrew Jordan topped the times in Saturday’s first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship practice session at Rockingham, one that was halted on three occasions.

The Motorbase Performance man’s 1m23.045s effort was enough to top proceedings after the opening 40-minute session of the weekend in Corby, finishing 0.059s clear of the Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram.

The threat of rain lingered but never came to fruition, although no fewer than three stoppages occurred during the 40 minutes to remove stricken cars.

The first of those was championship leader, Sam Tordoff, who beached his West Surrey Racing BMW 125i in the Tarzan hairpin gravel trap halfway through the session.

Team HARD endured a difficult opening practice session meanwhile, Jake Hill‘s parked Toyota Avensis causing the second stoppage while Michael Epps repeated Tordoff’s excursion moments later to produce a third and final red flag.

Adam Morgan finished third for Ciceley Racing ahead of Josh Cook‘s Triple Eight MG6, Mat Jackson making it two Motorbase Ford Focus STs in the top five.

Gordon Shedden finished as top Honda in sixth place, Ashley Sutton next up in the second MG ahead of Colin Turkington who ended the session best of the Subaru Levorg quartet.

Aron Smith (Volkswagen) and Matt Neal rounded out the top 10, title rival Tordoff ending 31st while Rob Collard‘s similar WSR BMW was 19th quickest.

Tony Gilham was left rooted to the Team HARD garage meanwhile, failing to set a time due to mechanical problems with his Avensis.