Jason Plato heads Tom Oliphant in second Thruxton practice

Jason Plato heads Tom Oliphant in second Thruxton practice

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Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato topped the timesheets in the second British Touring Car Championship practice session at Thruxton, pipping Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant by over a tenth.

After leading the majority of the 40-minute session, the double champion was bettered by Tom Oliphant with ten minutes to go, before improving to set a time of 1:16.414 to top the session.

That left Oliphant 0.135s adrift of Plato’s benchmark, while Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan enjoyed further practice form at the high-speed Hampshire circuit in third.

Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton placed fourth in his Ford Focus RS, while Andrew Jordan was once again in the top five to continue strong practice pace despite carrying 48kg of success ballast aboard his BMW 330i M Sport.

AmD Tuning’s Sam Tordoff, who suffered a suspension issue in the opening session, bounced back in the second session to finish second practice in sixth, ahead of Snetterton race winner Tom Ingram.

Championship leader Colin Turkington was next in eighth despite maximum championship ballast, while an impressive effort from Team HARD’s Jack Goff placed him ninth in the Volkswagen CC.

Ollie Jackson rounded out the top ten in the second Motorbase Ford, ahead of the Honda trio of Josh Cook, Rory Butcher and Matt Neal in 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.

Jake Hill’s Audi S3 was next, while Plato’s team-mate Rob Collard completed the top fifteen in the second Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra.

Qualifying for the opening race of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton is scheduled to get underway later this afternoon at 15:25 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:16.414 0.000
2 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 1:16.549 0.135
3 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:16.655 0.241
4 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:16.733 0.319
5 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 15 1:16.820 0.406
6 600 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 19 1:16.863 0.449
7 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 16 1:16.880 0.466
8 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 1:16.946 0.532
9 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 14 1:16.973 0.559
10 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 1:17.081 0.667
11 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:17.094 0.680
12 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 17 1:17.110 0.696
13 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:17.186 0.772
14 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 1:17.285 0.871
15 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 17 1:17.302 0.888
16 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 14 1:17.304 0.890
17 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 21 1:17.315 0.901
18 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 20 1:17.344 0.930
19 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:17.356 0.942
20 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 1:17.396 0.982
21 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:17.396 0.982
22 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 1:17.628 1.214
23 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:17.794 1.380
24 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 17 1:18.003 1.589
25 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 15 1:18.232 1.818
26 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 1:18.347 1.933
27 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 1:18.567 2.153
28 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 20 1:18.662 2.248
29 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 19 1:18.764 2.350
30 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 21 1:18.962 2.548