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Dave Newsham tops second practice

Dave Newsham was the fastest man in second practice ahead of this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship round at Silverstone, ahead of Frank Wrathall and Sam Tordoff.

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Newsham followed up an impressive second place in first practice with the fastest time in the second session, a 58.694s, while the performance of the Toyota was reinforced by Wrathall’s second place and a fourth place for Adam Morgan.

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Much like the first session, early running was limited as the teams focused on installation runs in the first five minutes. Soon after, Jason Plato shot to the top of the time sheets as he looked set to continue the ominous pace he displayed in first practice. Plato ended the session down in fifth place, however, half a second down on his time from the morning.

Times were in general slower than the morning’s session, but the field was just as competitive; the top 18 cars were within a second of the lead pace, and more mistakes were evident as drivers pushed to improve. Will Bratt got his Audi caught in in the gravel trap before being freed by the marshals, while Howard fuller had a spin in his Insignia.

Behind the leading five, Warren Scott had his most impressive run in the Volkswagen Passat to date after setting the sixth fastest time, while Howard Fuller and Jack Goff capped an impressive session for Team HARD. with the eighth and ninth fastest times respectively. Matt Neal was just ahead of the Insignia pairing, two-tenths-of-a-second ahead of teammate Shedden who ended the session in 12th.

Title contenders Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington both struggled for speed, setting the 14th and 19th fastest times respectively, while Lea Wood was once again the faster of the two S2000 drivers this weekend, beating Liam Griffin by one-hundredth-of-a-second.

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