Sam Tordoff pips Aron Smith to top second practice

Sam Tordoff pips Aron Smith to top second practice

Sam Tordoff set the pace in the second free practice session ahead of this weekends opening round of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, with the JCT600 with GardX driver clocking a blistering 48.132 around the Indy circuit ahead of Aron Smith in the Team BKR CC.

The theme of the session was ever changing lap times and Smith, the surprise of the session, led the timesheets for a period before Tordoff’s BMW went faster. Tom Ingram, who was fastest in the morning session, finished third.

The initial pace-setter after five minutes was rookie Matt Simpson, though the Speedworks Motorsport driver was quickly usurped by the usual suspects as the times began to tumble.

Jack Goff held the top of the timesheets for a matter of seconds before team-mate Sam Tordoff set a 48.883 to claim the top spot in the sister BMW 125i M-Sport.

There were moments for Depper, Jordan and Martin at Graham Hill bend and Clearways respectively, whilst Ashley Sutton, who set the fourth fastest time this morning, also made a trip through the gravel at Paddock. Rob Collard, who finished third this morning, was left frustrated after a misfire restricted him to the pit lane for the majority of the session and he managed just seven laps.

It was another session for Team BMR to learn in their new Subaru Levorgs, with Turkington finishing 19th and Plato 23rd, though they are expected to be at the sharp end come qualifying.

Despite some surprise results in practice, qualifying this afternoon is sure to feature the usual suspects, but can anybody cause an upset? Live coverage on TouringCars.net starts at 15:30.

Session results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 600 Sam TORDOFF Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 25 48.132 0.000
2 40 Árón SMITH BKR Volkswagen CC 20 48.296 0.164
3 80 M Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 32 48.349 0.217
4 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 30 48.409 0.277
5 33 Adam MORGAN WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 28 48.484 0.352
6 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 48.499 0.367
7 116 Ashley SUTTON MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 31 48.539 0.407
8 77 Andrew JORDAN Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 33 48.612 0.480
9 66 M Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 32 48.647 0.515
10 7 C Mat JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 28 48.669 0.537
11 31 G Jack GOFF Team IHG Rewards Club BMW 125i M Sport 29 48.682 0.550
12 53 Hunter ABBOTT Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 24 48.787 0.655
13 30 M Martin DEPPER Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 31 48.804 0.672
14 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 10 48.839 0.707
15 57 Andy NEATE Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 30 48.859 0.727
16 24 Jake HILL RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 37 48.941 0.809
17 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 28 48.980 0.848
18 11 C Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 36 49.129 0.997
19 4 Colin TURKINGTON Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 26 49.160 1.028
20 14 Alex MARTIN Dextra Racing with Team Parker Ford Focus 31 49.173 1.041
21 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD Tuning Audi S3 27 49.267 1.135
22 303 Matt SIMPSON Speedworks Motorsport Honda Civic Type R 32 49.384 1.252
23 99 Jason PLATO Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 27 49.483 1.351
24 22 Chris SMILEY TLC Racing Toyota Avensis 29 49.491 1.359
25 12 Mike EPPS RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 24 49.635 1.503
26 17 Dan WELCH Goodestone Racing Proton Persona 20 49.664 1.532
27 39 Warren SCOTT Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 29 49.669 1.537
28 20 James COLE Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 33 49.713 1.581
29 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 25 50.213 2.081
30 38 M Mark HOWARD BKR Volkswagen CC 37 50.402 2.270
31 84 Kelvin FLETCHER Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 13 50.575 2.443
32 100 C Rob COLLARD Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 11 52.610 4.478

Complete session results.