Alex MacDowall topped the times in the British Touring Car Championship’s second free practice session around the Snetterton 300 circuit. MacDowall’s time of 1:59.025 was seven tenths faster than the best time from the opening session as drivers beging to learn more about the new circuit. Jason Plato was second quickest, less than a tenth behind his team-mate.
James Nash followed up his strong performance in first practice by once again setting the third fastest time. Matt Neal was fourth, as in the first session, but he found more time in the second session and was over a second faster than earlier in the morning after a late lap.
Tom Chilton was fifth after having also found more than a second between sessions. His team-mates Tom Onslow-Cole and Andy Neate improved slightly on their earlier times but were still languishing in 14th and 19th places.
Gordon Shedden was sixth, Andrew Jordan seventh and Tom Boardman was eighth having found 1.2 seconds.
Although Mat Jackson could ‘only’ manage 9th fastest he has often struggled with practice and qualifying pace and will undoubtedly come on stronger come race day.
Martin Byford continued his excellent start to his first weekend in the BTCC by setting the 10th fastest time.
In all there were 8 drivers who dipped below the 2-minute mark, with most drivers improving their times by around a second since the first practice session.
Qualifying takes place later this afternoon at 1545 and fans can watch the action LIVE at http://www.itv.com/btcc/live/