Andrew Jordan took the fastest time in the dying seconds of the 2nd free practice session, ahead of Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato, to break the previous track record set by Matt Neal.
“I’m more pleased with our race pace then our qualifying pace, but I’m really keen to get on with the weekend.” said Jordan. “The car seems to work well in these cold conditions but I seem to be the only driver breaking a sweat! I’m very excited about our prospects.”
Plato was hampered by a differential change but still had enough time to get back into the top 3, proving that he has a strong chance coming into qualifying.
Adam Morgan grabbed fifth fastest splitting the two Civics of Matt Neal and Jeff Smith. Wrathall, Newsham, Sam Tordoff and Turkington rounded out the top ten.
Rob Collard struggled to make an impression, pointing out that the cars this sewson are “more highly strung” than last season and ended up languishing back with the S2000 entries. The fastest of those was Lea Wood, still reeling from the achievement of even being on the grid at all with his deal being completed in the last three weeks.
James Cole confirmed that Team HARD is treating this first race weekend as a test session as it is the first time he has got any running in the new car. “Considering that I’ve never driven a tourimg car at all before today, the pace is fairly good!” said Cole. Team-mate Jack Goff was the fastest of his team’s drives, whilst Will Bratt struggled in both sessions with technical problems.
Qualifying takes place at 15:40 GMT.