Thruxton BTCC: Andrew Jordan dominates practice
|By Kevin Turner||Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 13:00 GMT|
Andrew Jordan dominated free practice for the British Touring Car Championship event at Thruxton.
Having set the pace in practice one, the Eurotech Honda driver recorded a 1m16.314s early in the second session. That was 0.2 seconds faster than the reigning champion's 2013 pole time and Jordan lapped consistently in the 1m17s.
It took some time before anyone approached Jordan's best, but Gordon Shedden (1m16.792s) and Matt Neal (1m17.090s) made it a Honda 1-2-3 with their works Civic Tourers.
Colin Turkington caused a red flag late in the second session, with an off at Allard, but his 1m17.266s from the morning was enough to put his WSR BMW 125i M Sport fourth overall.
Alain Menu was not happy with the balance of his BMR Volkswagen Passat, but his morning practice time was fifth in the combined standings.
Sam Tordoff's Triple Eight MG6 was fourth in practice two and sixth overall, just ahead of the Ciceley-run Mercedes A-class of Adam Morgan.
The Motorbase Fords have looked better so far this weekend, and Mat Jackson was in the top 10 in both sessions, his best being a 1m17.619s.
Shedden had set the pace for the first half of the opening session, at the start of a long run. He was consistently in the 1m18s and recorded a best of 1m17.248s.
That was the benchmark when Jordan went out on track in his Civic. He soon managed a 1m16.818s, and he and Shedden remain the only drivers so far to have broken the 1m17s barrier.
The final minutes of opening practice were marred by two red flags, after separate offs for Rob Collard and Aron Smith.
The pace of joint points leader Jason Plato is still unknown. The MG6 driver concentrated on set-up and longer runs for most of both sessions and Turkington's red flag curtailed a potentially faster effort.
Practice 1 Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda 1m16.818s 16 2. Gordon Shedden Honda 1m17.248s +0.430s 20 3. Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m17.266s +0.448s 12 4. Alain Menu BMR VW 1m17.474s +0.656s 15 5. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m17.619s +0.801s 15 6. Sam Tordoff MG 1m17.751s +0.933s 21 7. Matt Neal Honda 1m17.846s +1.028s 20 8. Adam Morgan Ciceley Mercedes 1m17.852s +1.034s 16 9. Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 1m17.897s +1.079s 19 10. Fabrizio Giovanardi Motorbase Ford 1m17.902s +1.084s 15 11. Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m18.121s +1.303s 15 12. Jason Plato MG 1m18.165s +1.347s 17 13. Rob Austin RAR Audi 1m18.301s +1.483s 17 14. Jack Goff BMR Vauxhall 1m18.429s +1.611s 13 15. Glynn Geddie UA Toyota 1m18.453s +1.635s 16 16. Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m18.636s +1.818s 12 17. Dave Newsham AmD Ford 1m18.646s +1.828s 15 18. Lea Wood Houseman Toyota 1m18.767s +1.949s 15 19. Aron Smith BMR VW 1m18.777s +1.959s 13 20. Marc Hynes MG 1m18.982s +2.164s 16 21. Warren Scott BMR Vauxhall 1m19.002s +2.184s 16 22. Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1m19.249s +2.431s 18 23. Simon Belcher Speedworks Toyota 1m19.270s +2.452s 15 24. Daniel Welch Welch Proton 1m19.508s +2.690s 17 25. Olile Jackson Welch Proton 1m19.668s +2.850s 12 26. Jack Clarke Motorbase Ford 1m19.685s +2.867s 20 27. Hunter Abbott RAR Audi 1m19.778s +2.960s 14 28. James Cole UA Toyota 1m20.663s +3.845s 11 29. Aiden Moffat Moffat Chevrolet 1m22.561s +5.743s 12 30. Chris Stockton BTC Chevrolet no time 4 Practice 2 Pos Driver Car Team Gap Laps 1. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda 1m16.314s 17 2. Gordon Shedden Honda 1m16.792s +0.478s 19 3. Matt Neal Honda 1m17.060s +0.746s 16 4. Sam Tordoff MG 1m17.473s +1.159s 20 5. Adam Morgan Ciceley Mercedes 1m17.573s +1.259s 19 6. Jack Goff BMR Vauxhall 1m17.667s +1.353s 19 7. Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 1m17.673s +1.359s 20 8. Glynn Geddie UA Toyota 1m17.740s +1.426s 19 9. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m17.822s +1.508s 24 10. Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m17.848s +1.534s 9 11. Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m17.852s +1.538s 22 12. Fabrizio Giovanardi Motorbase Ford 1m18.110s +1.796s 16 13. Alain Menu BMR VW 1m18.158s +1.844s 15 14. Dave Newsham AmD Ford 1m18.172s +1.858s 14 15. Warren Scott BMR Vauxhall 1m18.482s +2.168s 18 16. Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m18.502s +2.188s 21 17. Jason Plato MG 1m18.518s +2.204s 18 18. Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1m18.568s +2.254s 20 19. James Cole UA Toyota 1m18.626s +2.312s 18 20. Hunter Abbott RAR Audi 1m18.815s +2.501s 21 21. Marc Hynes MG 1m18.996s +2.682s 19 22. Jack Clarke Motorbase Ford 1m19.055s +2.741s 23 23. Rob Austin RAR Audi 1m19.257s +2.943s 19 24. Lea Wood Houseman Toyota 1m19.288s +2.974s 19 25. Aiden Moffat Moffat Chevrolet 1m19.352s +3.038s 20 26. Daniel Welch Welch Proton 1m19.823s +3.509s 21 27. Olile Jackson Welch Proton 1m19.919s +3.605s 20 28. Simon Belcher Speedworks Toyota 1m20.127s +3.813s 16 29. Chris Stockton BTC Chevrolet 1m22.304s +5.990s 5