Donington BTCC test: Jordan edges Shedden, with Menu in third
|By Matt James||Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 17:24 GMT|
Reigning champion Andrew Jordan was the fastest man in the official British Touring Car Championship test session during media day at Donington Park.
The 24-year-old Eurotech Honda Civic driver clocked a 1m11.087s lap and was just one thousandth of a second clear of the factory Honda Civic Tourer of Gordon Shedden, who had caused an early red flag when he went off on oil dropped by another car but without damage.
Returning champion Alain Menu was impressive as he set the third fastest time in the Team BMR VW Passat, only 0.2s behind the leader.
Adam Morgan's Mercedes A Class and Sam Tordoff's factory MG rounded out the top five.
The day was blighted by rain after 45 minutes of running, so many drivers did not get a chance to set a competitive laptime before the heavens opened.
Works MG driver Jason Plato was the worst affected because he had missed the opening part of the running while a steering problem was fixed and could only return to the action on the wet surface.
Jordan said that he was annoyed that the weather had closed in on what will be his final test of the season before the Eurotech team prepares for Brands Hatch in two weeks' time.
"I have been concentrating on set-up so far in testing, rather than outright pace," said Jordan.
"My plan was to go for it this afternoon so I could get a real gauge on where were are with everything.
"I was running with [success ballast] weight on but I think we could have gone much faster. When the rain came, that scuppered us.
"The changes we have made to the car over the winter have improved it, but we can't really see what our true pace is because of the conditions today."
MOST OF THE FIELD READY TO RUN
Team BMR Vauxhall Insignia driver Jack Goff elected to sit out the running when the rain came, preferring to save his machine until his next planned outing on Wednesday at Silverstone.
Rotek Racing's Rob Holland also opted to sit out the session in the new Audi A3 saloon. The car was only completed on the day before the media day and the team still has more refinements to do.
Lea Wood is still waiting for parts for his Toyota Avensis, with Welch Motorsport pair Daniel Welch and Ollie Jackson in the same situation with their Protons.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda 1m11.087s 2. Gordon Shedden Honda 1m11.088s +0.001s 3. Alain Menu BMR VW 1m11.226s +0.139s 4. Adam Morgan Ciceley Mercedes 1m11.314s +0.227s 5. Sam Tordoff Triple Eight MG 1m11.441s +0.354s 6. Matt Neal Honda 1m11.474s +0.387s 7. Aron Smith BMR VW 1m11.570s +0.483s 8. Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m11.741s +0.654s 9. Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m12.092s +1.005s 10. Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 1m12.101s +1.014s 11. Marc Hynes Triple Eight MG 1m12.107s +1.020s 12. Fabrizio Giovanardi Motorbase Ford 1m12.175s +1.088s 13. Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m12.483s +1.396s 14. Dave Newsham AmD Ford 1m12.590s +1.503s 15. Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1m12.816s +1.729s 16. Glynn Geddie United Toyota 1m12.971s +1.884s 17. James Cole United Toyota 1m13.534s +2.447s 18. Jack Clarke Motorbase Ford 1m13.748s +2.661s 19. Hunter Abbott RAR Audi 1m14.355s +3.268s 20. Simon Belcher Handy Toyota 1m15.734s +4.647s 21. Rob Austin RAR Audi 1m16.964s +5.877s 22. Jason Plato Triple Eight MG 1m19.887s +8.800s 23. Aiden Moffat Moffat Chevrolet 1m19.908s +8.821s 24. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m20.678s +9.591s 25. Warren Scott BMR Vauxhall 1m22.155s +11.068s 26. Chris Stockton BTC Chevrolet 1m24.268s +13.181s