Jason Plato sets the pace in tight opening Silverstone practice

Jason Plato sets the pace in tight opening Silverstone practice

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Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato set the benchmark pace in the opening British Touring Car Championship practice session at Silverstone.

The double champion was fastest for the majority of the 40-minute session, before again topping the timesheets within the final quarter.

He led title contender Dan Cammish in the Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R, with a time of 57.731s around the 1.64-mile Silverstone National layout putting him just shy of half a tenth clear of Cammish.

An impressive performance from Ash Sutton put him third fastest, 0.119s off former team-mate Plato’s benchmark, despite the flat-out circuit not favouring his Subaru Levorg’s lack of straight line speed.

In fourth position was Cammish’s team-mate Matt Neal in the second of the FK8 Honda Civics, while Andrew Jordan led the BMW charge to complete the top five.

Team Toyota GB’s Tom Ingram placed sixth, three tenths off the pace, but still offering a good time despite a high-speed slide on the exit of Copse corner, getting a tank-slapper in his Corolla before gathering it up and continuing in the session.

Rob Collard was next in the second PMR Vauxhall Astra, while the in-form Adam Morgan ended the session eighth in his Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class.

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Senna Proctor, who enjoyed his best weekend to date in the Subaru at Knockhill last time out, was ninth to place both BMR-run cars in the top ten.

Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant rounded out the top ten runners despite not setting a time until late in the session, while Jack Goff impressed in the Team HARD Volkswagen CC to go 11th, well within half a second of Plato’s pace-setting time.

Standings leader Colin Turkington was 12th, ahead of Stephen Jelley and Josh Cook, while Mike Bushell completed the top 15, continuing to stand in for Sam Tordoff for the remainder of the season after Tordoff’s family tragedy.

The next British Touring Car Championship practice session is set to get underway at 12:05 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 57.731 0.000
2 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 57.777 0.046
3 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 24 57.850 0.119
4 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 23 57.867 0.136
5 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 21 57.883 0.152
6 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 16 58.046 0.315
7 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 58.049 0.318
8 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 58.052 0.321
9 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 23 58.076 0.345
10 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 58.140 0.409
11 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 22 58.147 0.416
12 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 58.193 0.462
13 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 23 58.223 0.492
14 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 58.266 0.535
15 21 Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 23 58.316 0.585
16 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 26 58.339 0.608
17 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 21 58.365 0.634
18 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 22 58.382 0.651
19 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 25 58.384 0.653
20 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 23 58.417 0.686
21 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 58.442 0.711
22 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 58.492 0.761
23 41 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 22 58.531 0.800
24 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 24 58.545 0.814
25 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 58.645 0.914
26 44 Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS 25 58.686 0.955
27 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 8 58.703 0.972
28 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 24 59.149 1.418
29 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 17 59.168 1.437
30 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 23 59.199 1.468