Jason Plato maintains practice form by topping second Silverstone session

Jason Plato maintains practice form by topping second Silverstone session

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Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato continued his fine practice form to go fastest again in the second British Touring Car Championship practice session at Silverstone.

The double champion went four tenths quicker than his first practice benchmark on his 15th tour of 25 around the 1.64-mile Silverstone National layout, setting a time of 57.413s to put him clear by a tenth.

In a similar fashion, Dan Cammish was second again and continued his usual Saturday consistency, this time ahead of team-mate Matt Neal as the pair of FK8 Honda Civics look to be a strong package this weekend.

The 40-minute session was dry for the majority, although rain fell with around 25 minutes remaining, but crucially not enough to substantially affect the surface of the track.

Team Toyota GB’s Tom Ingram was fourth in his Corolla, ahead of another FK8 Civic as Chris Smiley put in a strong performance in fifth for BTC Racing.

Tom Oliphant ended the session in sixth position in the BMW 330i M Sport, ahead of West Surrey Racing stablemate and title contender Andrew Jordan, who ended up seventh despite carrying 48kg of championship ballast.

Knockhill racewinner Jake Hill put his Trade Price Cars Racing Audi S3 eighth, while Adam Morgan was ninth in his Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class with Ash Sutton completing the top ten in his Subaru Levorg.

AmD Tuning duo Rory Butcher and Mike Bushell were 11th and 12th respectively in their FK2 Honda Civics, with Plato’s Power Maxed Racing team-mate Rob Collard could only manage 13th.

In 14th position was Senna Proctor with Matt Simpson’s FK2 Honda Civic Type R rounding out the top fifteen runners, with the top 27 drivers separated by only a second.

Qualifying for the opening British Touring Car Championship race from Silverstone is scheduled to get underway at 15:15, for a crucial half-hour session on the National layout.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 25 57.413 0.000
2 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 25 57.543 0.130
3 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 26 57.575 0.162
4 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 28 57.639 0.226
5 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 57.650 0.237
6 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 28 57.679 0.266
7 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 32 57.691 0.278
8 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 26 57.763 0.350
9 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 57.769 0.356
10 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 22 57.779 0.366
11 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 21 57.779 0.366
12 21 Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 25 57.793 0.380
13 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 28 57.847 0.434
14 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 24 57.849 0.436
15 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 26 57.918 0.505
16 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 57.923 0.510
17 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 26 57.928 0.515
18 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 30 57.939 0.526
19 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 57.947 0.534
20 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 32 57.983 0.570
21 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 25 58.031 0.618
22 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 21 58.090 0.677
23 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 58.146 0.733
24 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 28 58.159 0.746
25 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 27 58.339 0.926
26 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 26 58.371 0.958
27 44 Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS 29 58.389 0.976
28 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 22 58.418 1.005
29 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 27 58.765 1.352
30 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 21 58.913 1.500