Matt Neal tops rain-affected second Oulton practice

Matt Neal tops rain-affected second Oulton practice

Matt Neal
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Matt Neal topped a rain-affected second British Touring Car Championship practice session at Oulton Park, ahead of a surprise showing from Subaru’s James Cole in second.

With rain having fallen almost constantly between first and second practice, teams went into the session not knowing how much grip the circuit would have. Initial times were more than ten seconds slower than those from early in the morning, with Subaru’s Ash Sutton setting the initial pace.

As drivers got used to the circuit which was initially drying out, rain started to fall again after around 5 minutes, changing the grip levels once again.

In the end the additional rain didn’t stop Honda’s Neal improving with nine minutes to go, the three-time champion putting in a lap of 1:37.051 to go just over two tenths faster than Cole, who had earlier topped the times with his wet-tyre-shod run.

BMW’s Colin Turkington was third fastest, ahead of team-mate Rob Collard in fourth, with the duo having briefly enjoyed a spell as 1-2 in the times whilst the WSR cars showed strong wet-weather pace.

Sutton ended up in fifth, ahead of MG’s Dan Lloyd in sixth and Maximum Motorsport’s Josh Cook in seventh, the latter having also enjoyed a spell at the top of the times early on.

The morning’s pace-setter, Andrew Jordan, was eighth quickest, whilst Subaru’s Jason Plato enjoyed renewed pace in ninth and Eurotech Racing’s Jeff Smith completed the top ten.

Points leader Tom Ingram was just 16th fastest in the afternoon session, almost nine tenths off the pace, as the top 20 cars were covered by less than a second.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden could only manage 21st in second practice, with the Honda driver having experienced issue with his steering wheel during the session, and also an off-track excursion in his Civic.

Both Power Maxed Racing Vauxhalls struggled for pace in the conditions, with Senna Proctor in 25th and Tom Chilton propping up the times in 32nd, some two-and-a-half seconds off the pace.

Qualifying is scheduled to take place at 15:50 BST.

Session results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:37.051 0.000
2 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:37.300 0.249
3 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:37.347 0.296
4 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:37.382 0.331
5 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:37.449 0.398
6 23 M Daniel LLOYD MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 15 1:37.453 0.402
7 66 Josh COOK Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 16 1:37.455 0.404
8 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 14 1:37.470 0.419
9 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:37.667 0.616
10 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:37.707 0.656
11 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 11 1:37.784 0.733
12 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:37.789 0.738
13 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 17 1:37.836 0.785
14 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 19 1:37.848 0.797
15 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 12 1:37.877 0.826
16 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 1:37.926 0.875
17 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 17 1:37.998 0.947
18 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:38.000 0.949
19 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 18 1:38.012 0.961
20 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 1:38.022 0.971
21 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 1:38.162 1.111
22 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:38.202 1.151
23 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 16 1:38.250 1.199
24 40 M Árón SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 17 1:38.302 1.251
25 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 1:38.369 1.318
26 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:38.402 1.351
27 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 17 1:38.473 1.422
28 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 15 1:38.649 1.598
29 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:38.901 1.850
30 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 17 1:38.904 1.853
31 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 17 1:39.018 1.967
32 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:39.575 2.524

Complete session results.