Brands Hatch BTCC: Morgan leads title contender Plato in practice

Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class driver Adam Morgan topped the opening free practice session for this weekend's British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch BTCC: Morgan leads title contender Plato in practice

The 26-year-old lapped the 2.433-mile circuit in 1m31.428s to head the times, although he was unable to complete the session as his car suffered an electrical problem in the dying moments and he was forced to stop at Druids.

Morgan was nevertheless ahead of championship contender Jason Plato, who posted a 1m31.597s lap in his VW CC.

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Plato's main rival for the crown, Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R driver Gordon Shedden, who is 23 points clear in the standings, was down in 10th place after a spin at Graham Hill Bend towards the end of the interrupted session.

Motorbase Ford Focus driver Mat Jackson, a two-time winner this year, was third fastest ahead of Colin Turkington (Team BMR VW CC), Jack Goff's Triple Eight Racing MG and Andy Priaulx's WSR BMW 125i M Sport.

Series returnee Alain Menu, drafted in to the Team BMR VW CC squad in place of the injured Warren Scott, was only able to complete one lap due to a power steering problem.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m31.428s 16
2 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 0.169s 12
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 0.318s 13
4 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 0.337s 18
5 Jack Goff MG MG 0.398s 16
6 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 0.433s 16
7 Matt Neal Honda Honda 0.486s 18
8 Andrew Jordan MG MG 0.523s 17
9 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 0.571s 20
10 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 0.657s 13
11 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 0.742s 16
12 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1.040s 16
13 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 1.126s 16
14 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1.126s 15
15 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 1.138s 17
16 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 1.218s 16
17 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 1.256s 15
18 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 1.324s 18
19 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1.355s 14
20 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 1.431s 17
21 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 1.916s 16
22 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 2.151s 16
23 James Cole Motorbase Ford 2.195s 15
24 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 2.580s 17
25 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 4.282s 15
26 Jake Hill AmD Audi 4.538s 7
27 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 4.730s 7
28 Alain Menu Team BMR Volkswagen - 1
29 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti - 1
30 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton - 0


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