Andrew Jordan topped the free practice sessions at the first British Touring Car meeting of 2013 at Brands Hatch.
The reigning Independents champion (Eurotech Honda) was third fastest in the first session, behind pacesetter Jason Plato (factory MG) and the works Honda Civic of 2012 champion Gordon Shedden.
Shedden set the pace early in the second session, his 48.386s effort usurping Plato's earlier 48.510s. It was also a tenth faster than last year's pole.
Several drivers improved in the last moments of the session, with Jordan going fastest by just 0.003s to follow up his fastest time from the pre-season test at Donington Park.
Plato required a diff change during the second session, but his earlier effort remained good enough for third.
Triple champion Matt Neal was another to improve late on to go fourth overall, while Eurotech's Jeff Smith ominously made it four NGTC Civics in the top five.
Returning 2009 champion Colin Turkington underlined the potential of WSR's new NGTC BMW by going equal sixth fastest with the Ciceley Racing Toyota of Adam Morgan, 0.6s slower than Jordan.
The new Team Hard-built Volkswagen Passat CC of Tom Onslow-Cole was completed just in time for the meeting and the former race winner was 25th fastest in the second session.
Fastest among the S2000 competitors for the Jack Sears Trophy was Lea Wood.
BTCC rookie Joe Girling (Chevrolet Cruze) was fastest S2000 in session one, but was usurped by Wood's Vauxhall Vectra, the AmD Golf of James Kaye and Liam Griffin (Motorbase Ford Focus) in the afternoon.
Free Practice 1
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Jason Plato MG 48.510s 2. Gordon Shedden Honda 48.665s + 0.155s 3. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda 48.725s + 0.215s 4. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 48.762s + 0.252s 5. Colin Turkington WSR BMW 48.978s + 0.468s 6. Matt Neal Honda 49.156s + 0.646s 7. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 49.170s + 0.660s 8. Rob Austin Austin Audi 49.452s + 0.942s 9. Rob Collard WSR BMW 49.469s + 0.959s 10. Dave Newsham Speedworks Toyota 49.489s + 0.979s 11. Nick Foster WSR BMW 49.549s + 1.039s 12. Aron Smith Motorbase Ford 49.566s + 1.056s 13. Daniel Welch Welch Proton 49.624s + 1.114s 14. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 49.686s + 1.176s 15. Adam Morgan Ciceley Toyota 49.712s + 1.202s 16. Sam Tordoff MG 49.725s + 1.215s 17. Ollie Jackson Speedworks Toyota 49.784s + 1.274s 18. Joe Girling Finesse Chevrolet* 51.253s + 2.743s 19. Warren Scott BMR SEAT* 51.402s + 2.892s 20. Jack Goff Hard Vauxhall 54.777s + 6.267s 21. James Cole Hard Vauxhall 54.860s + 6.350s 22. Lea Wood Wood Vauxhall* 54.901s + 6.391s 23. Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford* 57.737s + 9.227s 24. Tom Onslow-Cole Hard VW 58.393s + 9.883s 25. Will Bratt Austin Audi 1m00.541s + 12.031s 26. James Kaye AmD VW* - 27. David Nye Welch Ford* - * S2000 Free Practice 2
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda 48.383s 2. Gordon Shedden Honda 48.386s + 0.003s 3. Jason Plato MG 48.528s + 0.145s 4. Matt Neal Honda 48.725s + 0.342s 5. Adam Morgan Ciceley Toyota 48.978s + 0.595s 6. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 49.040s + 0.657s 7. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 49.179s + 0.796s 8. Dave Newsham Speedworks Toyota 49.206s + 0.823s 9. Sam Tordoff MG 49.255s + 0.872s 10. Colin Turkington WSR BMW 49.290s + 0.907s 11. Nick Foster WSR BMW 49.420s + 1.037s 12. Aron Smith Motorbase Ford 49.582s + 1.199s 13. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 49.589s + 1.206s 14. Daniel Welch Welch Proton 49.628s + 1.245s 15. Rob Austin Austin Audi 49.632s + 1.249s 16. Ollie Jackson Speedworks Toyota 49.698s + 1.315s 17. Lea Wood Wood Vauxhall* 50.145s + 1.762s 18. James Kaye AmD VW* 50.463s + 2.080s 19. Rob Collard WSR BMW 50.503s + 2.120s 20. Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford* 50.600s + 2.217s 21. Jack Goff Hard Vauxhall 51.316s + 2.933s 22. Warren Scott BMR SEAT* 51.345s + 2.962s 23. Joe Girling Finesse Chevrolet* 51.667s + 3.284s 24. James Cole Hard Vauxhall 52.170s + 3.787s 25. Tom Onslow-Cole Hard VW 52.305s + 3.922s 26. Will Bratt Austin Audi 1m55.962s + 7.579s 27. David Nye Welch Ford* 1m01.667s + 13.284s * S2000