Sam Tordoff tops opening test session at Brands Hatch ahead of new BMWs

AmD Tuning’s Sam Tordoff was quickest in the opening British Touring Car Championship test session at Brands Hatch, edging out the Team BMW duo of Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington.

Tordoff, who has switched to Honda machinery for the 2019 season, initially went fastest in the first third of the session with a 48.622s lap around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

Completing the most laps of anyone in the session with 76 tours, Tordoff continued to improve on his time before clocking a 48.087s with just over ten minutes remaining.

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His time is just half a tenth shy of Jack Goff’s pole lap at the same circuit at the opening round last year.

Andrew Jordan was second fastest ahead of reigning champion Colin Turkington, the two teammates enjoying positive early pace from their all-new BMW 330i M Sport.

Stephen Jelley was fourth fastest in the previous generation BMW, with Tordoff’s teammate Rory Butcher completing the top five.

Next was the Halfords Yuasa Racing duo of Matt Neal and Dan Cammish, who finished the session in sixth and seventh respectively, ahead of the third WSR-run BMW of Tom Oliphant.

Chris Smiley was ninth fastest in his BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8, while Ollie Jackson’s Motorbase-run Ford Focus rounded out the top ten.

2018 runner-up Tom Ingram placed 15th in his new Toyota Corolla, while the pair of Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astras of Jason Plato and Rob Collard ended up 22nd and 25th respectively.

The session ran without interruption for the full three hours, with the second test due to start at 14:00 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 600 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 77 48.087 0.000
2 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 24 48.163 0.076
3 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 61 48.207 0.120
4 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 74 48.219 0.132
5 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 54 48.233 0.146
6 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 59 48.271 0.184
7 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 51 48.296 0.209
8 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 63 48.347 0.260
9 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 61 48.356 0.269
10 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 44 48.415 0.328
11 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 38 48.433 0.346
12 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 51 48.450 0.363
13 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 73 48.529 0.442
14 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 66 48.652 0.565
15 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 40 48.656 0.569
16 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 41 48.665 0.578
17 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 67 48.669 0.582
18 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 44 48.713 0.626
19 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 61 48.751 0.664
20 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 62 48.883 0.796
21 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 43 48.923 0.836
22 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 60 48.953 0.866
23 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 36 49.047 0.960
24 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 51 49.049 0.962
25 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 48 49.145 1.058
26 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 29 49.151 1.064
27 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 34 49.293 1.206
28 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 21 49.614 1.527
29 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 57 49.895 1.808
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