Andrew Jordan pips Sam Tordoff in opening practice at Brands Hatch

Andrew Jordan pips Sam Tordoff in opening practice at Brands Hatch

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Team BMW’s Andrew Jordan went quickest the opening British Touring Car Championship practice session at Brands Hatch, pipping previous pacesetter Sam Tordoff.

Tordoff, who was fastest at the test day last Wednesday [27 March], lead the timesheets for the majority of the session, before Jordan’s late effort of 48.034s took him to the top in his new BMW 330i M Sport.

His encouraging pace meant he led a quintet of Hondas headed by Tordoff, with Dan Cammish, Chris Smiley and Matt Neal scoring third, fourth and fifth respectively in the FK8-model Honda Civic Type R.

In sixth position was Ash Sutton in his Subaru Levorg, before yet more Hondas in the form of Josh Cook and Rory Butcher.

Next was 2018 runner-up Tom Ingram in the new Toyota Corolla in ninth position just over two tenths off Jordan’s benchmark, with Stephen Jelley completing the top ten in the previous generation BMW 125i M Sport.

Next was Jake Hill’s Trade Price Cars Racing Audi S3, who had set the early pace in the session, with WSR’s new recruit Tom Oliphant just ahead of reigning champion Colin Turkington in 13th.

Two-time BTCC champion Jason Plato was 19th fastest in the session, just over eight tenths down on Jordan’s time.

Black and white flags were issued for Adam Morgan, Matt Simpson and Senna Proctor, most likely for track limit infringements.

The second practice session of the British Touring Car Championship is set to get underway at 12:05 BST, with qualifying at 15:10 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 22 48.034 0.000
2 600 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 30 48.091 0.057
3 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 30 48.112 0.078
4 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 48.171 0.137
5 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 32 48.176 0.142
6 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 28 48.289 0.255
7 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 48.297 0.263
8 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 28 48.300 0.266
9 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 28 48.306 0.272
10 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 32 48.308 0.274
11 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 30 48.344 0.310
12 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 26 48.352 0.318
13 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 32 48.376 0.342
14 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 33 48.509 0.475
15 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 48.548 0.514
16 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 29 48.549 0.515
17 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 48.618 0.584
18 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 23 48.835 0.801
19 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 29 48.859 0.825
20 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 26 48.863 0.829
21 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 24 48.889 0.855
22 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 31 48.917 0.883
23 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 31 48.938 0.904
24 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 25 48.948 0.914
25 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 36 48.962 0.928
26 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 31 49.007 0.973
27 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 29 49.047 1.013
28 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 22 49.451 1.417
29 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 35 49.519 1.485
30 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 22 49.535 1.501