Tom Oliphant heads BMW 1-2-3 ahead of Jason Plato in second practice

Tom Oliphant heads BMW 1-2-3 ahead of Jason Plato in second practice

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Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant led his teammates Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington in a drizzly second practice of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch Indy, with Jason Plato just behind the BMW trio.

Jason Plato set the early pace before Oliphant bested his time with a 48.475 second lap, which was not bettered for the remainder of the 40-minute session.

Conditions then worsened as rain began to fall, before Aiden Moffat went off at Paddock Hill Bend and necessitated a red flag.

Following that, Oliphant’s teammates Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington made last-gasp improvements to secure second and third respectively, meaning the new BMW 330i M Sport secured the top-three spots.

That left Plato in fourth, ahead of Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton, who was sliding his Ford Focus RS on multiple occasions in the slippery conditions.

Tom Ingram’s new Toyota Corolla was sixth, ahead of AmD Tuning’s Jake Hill, who continued his positive practice pace in the Audi S3.

Dan Cammish led the Honda charge in eighth position, followed by Motorbase’s Ollie Jackson, with the in-form Sam Tordoff rounding out the top ten.

Chris Smiley was ahead of 2017 champion Ash Sutton, with Stephen Jelley’s BMW 125i M Sport in 13th.

Race-winner Matt Simpson was 14th, despite an off at Surtees after losing the rear and taking to the grass.

Ginetta GT4 Supercup graduate Michael Crees nearly had a big moment on the exit of Graham Hill Bend after seemingly struggling to get heat into his tyres.

Qualifying for the opening round of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch is set to get underway at 15:05 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 34 48.475 0.000
2 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 23 48.574 0.099
3 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 30 48.667 0.192
4 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 23 48.874 0.399
5 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 48.958 0.483
6 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 21 48.980 0.505
7 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 27 48.991 0.516
8 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 23 49.081 0.606
9 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 25 49.129 0.654
10 600 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 23 49.146 0.671
11 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 49.181 0.706
12 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 22 49.192 0.717
13 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 22 49.261 0.786
14 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 30 49.306 0.831
15 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 28 49.342 0.867
16 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 26 49.346 0.871
17 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 28 49.358 0.883
18 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 20 49.379 0.904
19 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 26 49.417 0.942
20 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 26 49.464 0.989
21 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 25 49.534 1.059
22 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 17 49.760 1.285
23 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 33 49.850 1.375
24 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 49.976 1.501
25 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 19 50.051 1.576
26 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 22 50.086 1.611
27 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 24 50.302 1.827
28 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 50.491 2.016
29 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 32 50.552 2.077
30 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 53.183 4.708