WSR's Andrew Jordan topped the first free practice session of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship, narrowly edging out pre-season testing pacesetter Sam Tordoff at Brands Hatch.
Driving the brand new BMW 330i M Sport, Jordan set the pace at 48.034 seconds to beat Tordoff by 0.057s in a session where 26 of the 30-car field were covered by less than a second.
It looked as though different guises of Honda Civic would take a cleansweep of the top three, as AmD Tuning driver Tordoff - using in the previous generation FK2 Type R - headed the Team Dynamics factory FK8 of Dan Cammish and BTC Racing driver Chris Smiley at the halfway stage.
As the Civic dominated early-on, the fastest rear-wheel drive car was the Subaru Levorg GT of Team BMR's Ashley Sutton in fourth place until Jordan went top.
Jordan ended up more than three tenths faster than his WSR team-mates, with Tom Oliphant in 12th, one spot ahead of reigning champion Colin Turkington.
Matt Neal took fourth from Sutton, who ultimately fell to sixth and was 0.255s off Jordan.
Defending independents drivers' champion Tom Ingram piloted the brand new Toyota GB-backed Speedworks Corolla to ninth, ahead of the ex-WSR BMW 1 Series of Stephen Jelley.
Jake Hill finished 11th in the Trade Price Cars Audi S3, while his team-mate and former Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell rounded out the field in 30th, 1.2s adrift of the pace.
Although the session was uninterrupted, Blundell did briefly run off the track at Surtees as he battled snap oversteer, and filled up his S3's radiator with grass as he returned to the circuit.
After moving from Power Maxed Racing to Team BMR for this year, Senna Proctor - who earned a surprise victory at Brands last season in a rain-affected race - ended FP1 in 18th.
Proctor has effectively swapped places with double BTCC champion Jason Plato, who is still chasing 100 wins in the category after a trying stint at Team BMR.
In the PMR Vauxhall Astra, the same model line with which he won his 2001 crown, Plato was 19th in first practice.
His team-mate Rob Collard, who had to sit out the end of last season due to concussion, was 26th, ahead of the Motorbase Ford Focus RS of Nic Hamilton.
|2||Sam Tordoff||AmD Tuning||Honda||0.057s||30|
|3||Dan Cammish||Team Dynamics||Honda||0.078s||30|
|4||Chris Smiley||BTC Racing||Honda||0.137s||24|
|5||Matt Neal||Team Dynamics||Honda||0.142s||33|
|6||Ash Sutton||BMR Racing||Subaru||0.255s||28|
|7||Josh Cook||BTC Racing||Honda||0.263s||27|
|8||Rory Butcher||AmD Tuning||Honda||0.266s||28|
|9||Tom Ingram||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota||0.272s||28|
|10||Stephen Jelley||Team Parker Racing||BMW||0.274s||32|
|11||Jake Hill||Trade Price Cars Racing||Audi||0.310s||30|
|14||Adam Morgan||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes||0.475s||33|
|15||Aiden Moffat||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes||0.514s||25|
|16||Ollie Jackson||Motorbase Performance||Ford||0.515s||29|
|17||Tom Chilton||Motorbase Performance||Ford||0.584s||27|
|18||Matt Simpson||Simpson Racing||Honda||0.801s||23|
|19||Jason Plato||Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall||0.825s||29|
|20||Jack Goff||Team Hard||Volkswagen||0.829s||26|
|21||Bobby Thompson||Team Hard||Volkswagen||0.855s||24|
|22||Daniel Rowbottom||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes||0.883s||31|
|23||Senna Proctor||BMR Racing||Subaru||0.904s||31|
|24||Michael Crees||Team Hard||Volkswagen||0.914s||25|
|25||Rob Smith||Excelr8 Motorsport||MG||0.928s||36|
|26||Rob Collard||Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall||0.973s||31|
|27||Nicolas Hamilton||Motorbase Performance||Ford||1.013s||29|
|28||Carl Boardley||Team Hard||Volkswagen||1.417s||22|
|29||Sam Osborne||Excelr8 Motorsport||MG||1.485s||35|
|30||Mark Blundell||Trade Price Cars Racing||Audi||1.501s||22|