Jack Goff leaped to the top of the timesheets in the second British Touring Car Championship free practice session at Snetterton, setting his fastest time of the day with a 1:56.504.
Goff spent the majority of the session languishing in the lower reaches of the standings, but with two minutes left on the clock the Eurotech Racing driver took advantage of his ballast-free Honda Civic Type-R to claim bragging rights going into the afternoon’s qualifying session.
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing occupied second in the timings once more, this time courtesy of a strong lap from Josh Price in the dying minutes of the session. Sporting a new livery, Price was just over a quarter of a second adrift of Goff’s ultimate pace, which was 0.5s down on Tom Ingram’s pace in the morning session.
Third place was occupied by Adam Morgan, who became the first man in the second practice session to cross the 1:56 threshold, with the Ciceley Motorsport driver ending up a tenth faster than Free Practice 1 leader Ingram.
Ashley Sutton was behind Ingram once again, joining BMR team-mate Price in the top five placings. Rob Austin continued to show strong pace by securing the sixth fastest time, the fastest of the 1:57 laps.
Josh Cook made up for a difficult morning by beating Mat Jackson to seventh, as Aidan Moffat joined fellow Mercedes runner Morgan in the top ten ahead of Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal.
Debutant Brett Smith – replacing his father Jeff at Eurotech as he recovers from his Croft injuries – continued to show strong progress by finishing with the thirteenth fastest time overall.
Rob Collard and Gordon Shedden were once again low down in the standings, occupying eighteenth and twenty-sixth respectively as a result of perhaps focusing on overall race pace.
The session was red-flagged at the midway point, following Matt Simpson’s contact with the wall at the end of the Bentley Straight, which broke his Honda’s left-rear suspension.
|1||Jack Goff||Eurotech Racing||12||1:56.504|
|2||Josh Price||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||14||1:56.781|
|3||Adam Morgan||Ciceley Motorsport||14||1:56.791|
|4||Tom Ingram||Speedworks Motorsport||12||1:56.898|
|5||Ashley Sutton||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||14||1:56.909|
|6||Rob Austin||Handy Motorsport||12||1:57.005|
|7||Josh Cook||MG Racing RCIB Insurance||13||1:57.075|
|8||Mat Jackson||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo||13||1:57.174|
|9||Aidan Moffat||Laser Tools Racing||14||1:57.268|
|10||Matt Neal||Halfords Yuasa Racing||13||1:57.282|