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Andrew Jordan tops opening practice at Thruxton

Andrew Jordan topped the opening free practice session ahead of this weekend’s triple-header of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races, with the 2013 champion clocking a fastest time of 1:16.814 around the 2.4 mile Thruxton circuit ahead of MG’s Josh Cook and the Subaru Levorg of Colin Turkington.

Jordan, who endured a frustrating weekend last time out at Donington Park despite a strong showing at the series opener a fortnight prior, is considered something of a Thruxton specialist after several strong showings in recent seasons, and he will be hopeful of maintaining this form into qualifying this afternoon as he chases a first race victory since Croft 2014. Meanwhile his Motorbase Performance team-mate Mat Jackson finished the session in fourth after putting in solid running throughout.

His closest competition, Josh Cook, stood on the podium last time out but could only come within 0.024 seconds of the Pirtek Racing Ford Focus ST, whilst his team-mate, Ashley Sutton, sat a further nine tenths of a second behind in 13th.

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The works Halfords Yuasa Racing outfit chose to focus on completing installation laps and working on the setup of the Honda Civic Type R during the opening session, with Matt Neal only setting his first timed lap after thirty minutes of the session had expired. He ended up in 11th, with his team-mate and defending champion Gordon Shedden following him on the timesheets in 12th.

Colin Turkington put in Team BMR’s strongest showing of the campaign thus far, putting the Levorg in third and just 0.408 seconds off the pace, though his team-mates fared less impressively and were classified in 21st (Plato), 25th (Cole) and 28th (Scott).

WSR put all three BMW 125i M-Sport machines in the top eight, with local hero Rob Collard setting the quickest time of the three race-winners in 5th, ahead of recent London Marathon runner Sam Tordoff in 7th and the IHG-backed Jack Goff in 8th.

Tom Ingram completed another strong showing for Speedworks Motorsport, whilst Eurotech Racing were another outfit to continue their positive form, with Jeff Smith ending the session 9th, and his rookie team-mate and new addition Daniel Lloyd put in the 15th fastest time.

There was one red flag stoppage during the forty minutes running as Adam Morgan crashed at Allards, and it is unknown whether the damage to the WIX Racing Mercedes A-Class will sideline him for the rest of the days running.

The second free practice session gets underway at 12:40, in which Jordan will look to double up his honours and take his strong form into qualifying later this afternoon.

Session results

1 77 Andrew JORDAN Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 22 1:16.814 0.000
2 66 M Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 19 1:16.838 0.024
3 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:17.222 0.408
4 7 Mat JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 21 1:17.234 0.420
5 100 C Rob COLLARD Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:17.371 0.557
6 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 14 1:17.397 0.583
7 600 C Sam TORDOFF Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 10 1:17.543 0.729
8 31 C Jack GOFF Team IHG Rewards Club BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:17.581 0.767
9 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:17.587 0.773
10 33 Adam MORGAN WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:17.636 0.822
11 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 1:17.649 0.835
12 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 1:17.674 0.860
13 116 M Ashley SUTTON MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 11 1:17.733 0.919
14 53 Hunter ABBOTT Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 18 1:17.867 1.053
15 23 Daniel LLOYD Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:17.883 1.069
16 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 1:17.902 1.088
17 24 Jake HILL RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 11 1:18.005 1.191
18 40 Árón SMITH BKR Volkswagen CC 13 1:18.191 1.377
19 17 Dan WELCH Goodestone Racing Proton Persona 18 1:18.296 1.482
20 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD Tuning Audi S3 17 1:18.355 1.541
21 99 M Jason PLATO Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:18.361 1.547
22 12 Mike EPPS RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 20 1:18.473 1.659
23 303 Matt SIMPSON Speedworks Motorsport Honda Civic Type R 18 1:18.557 1.743
24 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:18.708 1.894
25 20 M James COLE Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 19 1:18.718 1.904
26 38 Mark HOWARD BKR Volkswagen CC 22 1:18.899 2.085
27 30 Martin DEPPER Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 1:19.004 2.190
28 39 M Warren SCOTT Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 20 1:19.006 2.192
29 84 Kelvin FLETCHER Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 19 1:19.333 2.519
30 14 Alex MARTIN Dextra Racing with Team Parker Ford Focus 22 1:19.614 2.800
31 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 19 1:20.112 3.298
32 22 Chris SMILEY TLC Racing Toyota Avensis 4 No time N/A

Complete session results.

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