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Frank Wrathall quickest in first British Touring Car practice at Rockingham

Frank Wrathall, Dynojet Toyota, Rockingham 2011Frank Wrathall continued his fine British Touring Car form by topping the first free practice at Rockingham this morning.

Like all the NGTC cars, Wrathall's Dynojet Toyota Avensis was handed a 0.05 bar boost reduction before the weekend but set a 1m24.608s with an early run. Nobody beat that time during the rest of the 40-minute session.

Chevrolet Cruze pairing Jason Plato and Alex MacDowall were second and third respectively, while Knockhill winner Tom Chilton (Arena Ford Focus) was fourth, half a second down on Wrathall.

Andrew Jordan (Eurotech/Pirtek Vauxhall Vectra) and championship contender Mat Jackson (Motorbase Ford Focus) also set times relatively early on and ended up fifth and sixth.

Honda's title rivals Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal were eighth and 10th respectively, around a second off the leading pace.

BTCC debutant Michael Caine was 15th in the third Motorbase Ford Focus, ahead of team regular Liam Griffin, despite a power steering issue towards the end of the session.

Pos  Driver           Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Frank Wrathall   Dynojet Toyota        1m24.608s
 2.  Jason Plato      Chevrolet             1m24.736s  + 0.128s
 3.  Alex MacDowall   Chevrolet             1m24.842s  + 0.234s
 4.  Tom Chilton      Arena Ford            1m25.165s  + 0.557s
 5.  Andrew Jordan    Eurotech Vauxhall     1m25.288s  + 0.680s
 6.  Mat Jackson      Motorbase Ford        1m25.342s  + 0.734s
 7.  Tom Boardman     Special Tuning SEAT   1m25.421s  + 0.813s
 8.  Gordon Shedden   Honda                 1m25.573s  + 0.965s
 9.  Rob Austin       Rob Austin Audi       1m25.658s  + 1.050s
10.  Matt Neal        Honda                 1m25.672s  + 1.064s
11.  Paul O'Neill     Tech-Speed Chevrolet  1m25.866s  + 1.258s
12.  Tom Onslow-Cole  Arena Ford            1m25.951s  + 1.343s
13.  Daniel Welch     Welch Proton          1m26.011s  + 1.403s
14.  James Nash       Triple 8 Vauxhall     1m26.017s  + 1.409s
15.  Michael Caine    Motorbase Ford        1m26.038s  + 1.430s
16.  Rob Collard      WSR BMW               1m26.102s  + 1.494s
17.  Martin Byford    AmD Volkswagen        1m26.357s  + 1.749s
18.  Jeff Smith       Eurotech Vauxhall     1m26.493s  + 1.885s
19.  Dave Newsham     Special Tuning SEAT   1m26.537s  + 1.929s
20.  Nick Foster      WSR BMW               1m26.634s  + 2.026s
21.  Andy Neate       Arena Ford            1m26.635s  + 2.027s
22.  John George      Tech-Speed Chevrolet  1m27.314s  + 2.706s
23.  Liam Griffin     Motorbase Ford        1m27.390s  + 2.782s
24.  Tony Gilham      Geoff Steel BMW       1m27.472s  + 2.864s
25.  Lea Wood         Central Honda         1m28.937s  + 4.329s
26.  Chris James      ES Chevrolet          1m29.406s  + 4.798s
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