BTCC Brands Hatch: Hondas dominate as Jack Goff heads FP2 order

Hondas dominated the top of the timesheets during the second free practice session ahead of this weekend's opening rounds of the British Touring Car Championship, as Jack Goff went quickest

BTCC Brands Hatch: Hondas dominate as Jack Goff heads FP2 order

Six of the top seven positions were locked out by the Civic Type R, despite Tom Ingram's Speedworks Toyota topping the earlier practice session.

Eurotech Racing man Goff put his Civic Type R on top of the pile with a 48.295s lap, which put him narrowly ahead of his team-mate Brett Smith.

Goff, who was second in FP1, said: "It's great to be this fast, and we were quicker than we were earlier, but I still haven't found the perfect lap.

"There was some more time to come from me and there is more to come from the car."

Smith said: "We had a little problem in FP1 with some technical issues and we didn't get too much mileage, but that last session was great.

"We did a qualifying simulation in FP2 and felt comfortable and I feel there is more in the car to come.

"To be less than one tenth of a second from my team-mate is a good feeling too and I think a sub-48s lap could be on the cards for qualifying this afternoon."

The new-shape Team Dynamics Civic Type R of Dan Cammish was third fastest, ahead of the only non-Honda interloper, FP1 pace setter Ingram, in the Toyota Avensis.

Matt Neal's Team Dynamics car was fifth ahead of the Simpson Motorsport Type R of Matt Simpson.

Neal said that the team was still looking for performance from the FK8 version of the Civic but he was encouraged by the early mileage.

"We are just trying to work out a different way to skin a cat in terms of the set-up," explained the three-time title winner.

"Ours has a little bit too much understeer at the moment, and we know that isn't so much of an issue in the older-spec cars all around us in the timesheets.

"We have set-up routes to go down though to try and get to the bottom of it."

The Team BMR Subaru Levorg of Ash Sutton had a set-up alteration which the reigning title holder said did not work. He finished in 25th spot.

The 2017 championship runner-up Colin Turkington missed a chunk of track time with a water pump failure on his WSR BMW 125i M Sport. He finished 26th.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 48.295s
2 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 0.075s
3 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 0.098s
4 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 0.165s
5 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 0.226s
6 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 0.336s
7 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 0.404s
8 James Cole Motorbase Ford 0.435s
9 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.437s
10 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.440s
11 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.468s
12 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 0.469s
13 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 0.472s
14 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 0.477s
15 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 0.483s
16 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 0.520s
17 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 0.536s
18 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 0.582s
19 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 0.636s
20 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 0.656s
21 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 0.699s
22 James Nash BTC Norlin Honda 0.701s
23 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 0.708s
24 Tom Boardman AmD Tuning MG 0.763s
25 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 0.771s
26 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.792s
27 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 0.816s
28 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.827s
29 Rob Collard WSR BMW 0.878s
30 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 0.916s
31 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 1.073s
32 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1.154s

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