Andrew Jordan tops opening practice with late effort at damp Donington

Andrew Jordan tops opening practice with late effort at damp Donington

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BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan set a late lap to edge out Ash Sutton by half a tenth in the opening British Touring Car Championship session at Donington Park.

2018 Jack Sears Trophy winner Dan Cammish set the early pace at the damp and windy Leicestershire circuit, before Sutton went top by nearly two tenths just before the midway mark.

The rain then slightly worsened, but Jordan improved his time to go fastest with just over two minutes remaining, his 1:18.892 lap putting him half a tenth clear of the 2017 champion.

Tom Ingram was fourth in his Team Toyota GB Corolla, just over two tenths off Jordan’s benchmark, with reigning champion Colin Turkington completing the top five in the second of the WSR-run 330i M Sport cars.

Double champion Jason Plato was sixth fastest in his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra, with Chris Smiley heading a Honda trio in seventh.

AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher and Sam Tordoff were eighth and ninth respectively, with Jack Goff’s Team HARD Volkswagen CC rounding out the top ten.

Championship leader Josh Cook was 11th with Aiden Moffat’s Mercedes A-Class half a tenth behind him, while Ollie Jackson placed 13th in his Motorbase Ford Focus RS.

Matt Simpson’s Honda Civic Type R was next, 1.007s off the pace, with Tom Oliphant’s BMW in 15th.

Motorbase’s Nic Hamilton, who placed 21st, had a high-speed spin at the Craner Curves, losing the rear and sliding across the grass before gathering it up at the Old Hairpin and keeping the speed up through the gravel.

The second practice session is scheduled to get underway at 12:25 BST, with weather conditions expected to remain damp and drizzly for the remainder of the day.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 15 1:18.892 0.000
2 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 20 1:18.942 0.050
3 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 21 1:19.074 0.182
4 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 17 1:19.101 0.209
5 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 1:19.250 0.358
6 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 1:19.417 0.525
7 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 1:19.556 0.664
8 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 19 1:19.632 0.740
9 600 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 17 1:19.658 0.766
10 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 1:19.757 0.865
11 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:19.765 0.873
12 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:19.815 0.923
13 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 1:19.889 0.997
14 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 1:19.899 1.007
15 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 1:19.949 1.057
16 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:20.014 1.122
17 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 15 1:20.082 1.190
18 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:20.084 1.192
19 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 20 1:20.103 1.211
20 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 1:20.137 1.245
21 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 14 1:20.149 1.257
22 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 1:20.308 1.416
23 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 17 1:20.328 1.436
24 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:20.690 1.798
25 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 1:20.945 2.053
26 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 1:21.247 2.355
27 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 23 1:21.276 2.384
28 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 20 1:21.949 3.057
29 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 20 1:22.316 3.424
30 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 19 1:22.602 3.710