Returning Shedden hits the front in second free practice session at Thruxton

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Gordon Shedden on track during Free Practice at Thruxton - Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

A lot of intrigue with this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season opener has been the return of triple champion, Gordon Shedden and ahead of Qualifying at Thruxton, he has set a benchmark in Free Practice 2.

Weather conditions continued to impact the on-track action but the Halfords Racing with Cataclean driver stood out ahead of the pack with a time of 1:20.994s which saw him end up two-tenths of a second clear of Ash Sutton in his Infiniti Q50 who set pace earlier in the day by topping Free Practice 1.

Dan Rowbottom made it a front row lockout with Shedden’s teammate only a fraction of a second back in third place on his return to the BTCC. Dan Cammish once more in his one-off guest outing was right on the pace with BTC Racing ending up in fourth place.

This was ahead of another good outing for Tom Oliphant (Team BMW) as well as Jason Plato (Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing) with the Vauxhall Astra in a positive position during the opening day.

While, Tom Ingram in his new Hyundai i30N Fastback for Ginsters EXCELR8 with finished in seventh ahead of Aiden Moffat in eighth. BTC Racing‘s Josh Cook and Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport‘s Adam Morgan concluded the top ten.

Qualifying begins at 14:45pm (BST) ahead of the opening rounds of the 2021 British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton on Sunday (9 May).

2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Free Practice 2 Results – Thruxton

1          Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Racing with Cataclean +1:20.994s
2          Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.200s
3          Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Halfords Racing with Cataclean +0.266s
4          Dan CAMMISH (GBR) BTC Racing +0.344ss
5          Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +0.423ss
6          Jason PLATO (GBR) Aridan Flux with Power Maxed Racing +0.545s
7          Tom INGRAM (GBR) Ginsters EXCELR8 with +0.553s
8          Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.585ss
9          Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +0.797s
10        Adam MORGAN (GBR) Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport +0.901s
11        Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +0.996s
12        Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK +0.998s
13        Daniel LLOYD (GBR) Aridan Flux with Power Maxed Racing +1.227s
14        Ollie JACKSON (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +1.382s
15        Chris SMILEY (GBR) Ginsters EXCELR8 with +1.405s
16        Jack GOFF (GBR) Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct +1.486s
17        Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team BMW +1.687s
18        Árón TAYLOR-SMITH (IRL) Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions +1.867s
19        Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +2.301s
20        Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Racing with Wera & Photon Group +2.051s
21        Andy NEATE (GBR) Racing with Wera & Photon Group +2.055s
22        Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +2.068s       
23        Tom CHILTON (GBR) Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport +2.153s       
24        Sam SMELT (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK +2.314s
25        Jade EDWARDS (GBR) PHSC with BTC Racing +3.276s
26        Jack BUTEL (GBR) EXCELR8 with +3.672s
27        Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading +3.888s
28        Rick PARFITT (GBR) EXCELR8 with +4.181s

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