BTCC Knockhill: Jordan tops practice and smashes qualifying lap record

WSR BMW driver Andrew Jordan topped the combined timesheets after the opening free practice sessions ahead of the British Touring Car Championship meeting at Knockhill

BTCC Knockhill: Jordan tops practice and smashes qualifying lap record

The 125i M Sport man, who's carrying 15kg of success ballast, produced a lap late on the second of two dry session to clock a 51.185-second lap, beating Jason Plato's 2016 qualifying lap record of 51.521s.

Knockhill has recently been resurfaced which has resulted in a number of kerbs being lowered compared to the Tarmac.

Jordan had missed the opening 10 minutes of the first 40-minute session as the power steering rack on his BMW was not working correctly.

When he joined the action, he clocked the third best time before improving in the later 40-minute period.

The 2013 champion said: "We are in the ballpark straight away, which is pleasing. We are great in sectors two and three, so we will look to improve the car in sector one for qualifying without taking anything away from our overall performance. We have a few things to try."

Team Dynamics Honda Civic racer Dan Cammish was rapid too in the second session in his ballast-free car, leaping up to second place in the dying moments after a red flag to retrieve the stranded Civic of Matt Simpson (Simpson Racing).

Reigning champion Ash Sutton placed his Subaru third overall in a time set during the opening session - which he topped.

He said tweaks made to his Team BMR Subaru had not worked in session two, and he could only manage 13th spot.

"We have gone backwards in terms of speed - I think we went in the wrong direction, so now we will have to pull it back," he said.

"We know the car set-up was good in session one, so we know where to go back to. I think the resurfacing of the track, plus the extra 30kg of ballast that the rear-wheel-drive cars have to carry this year, have made this a tough place for us. The smoother Tarmac suits them.

"I am happy with the time from FP1 given the weight I am carrying. People keep having to remind me I have 57kg on board, so it is not all bad."

Jack Goff relied on his free practice one time to be fourth fastest overall in his Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R, ahead of Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class of Adam Morgan.

A winner last time out at Rockingham, Morgan said he was pleased with the immediate speed. "I think we will have a good shot at qualifying," he explained.

"The car has been great out of the box and we will just tickle it from this point - it is a question of just keeping it there.

"It will be tough in qualifying with the traffic and also, where they have topped up the gravel traps to go with the new Tarmac, the circuit is getting very dirty later on in the sessions. Getting a clear - and clean track - is going to be vital."

Championship leader Colin Turkington, carrying 75kg of success ballast on his WSR BMW 125i M Sport, was 12th in the second session. His main rival, Tom Ingram in the Speedworks Toyota Avensis with 66kg, set a best of 51.667s lap.

That put him 16th in session two, although he had placed 10th in session one. "The car feels great," he said.

"It is just lovely, really really nice to drive and I am not sure there is a lot else we can do to it - apart from maybe find a faster driver! We will tweak it slightly into qualifying trim, but we are in a good place: we just need a clean lap."

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 51.293s - 26
2 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 51.351s 0.058s 29
3 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 51.455s 0.162s 18
4 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 51.519s 0.226s 28
5 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 51.543s 0.250s 28
6 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 51.575s 0.282s 22
7 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 51.629s 0.336s 31
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 51.640s 0.347s 28
9 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 51.645s 0.352s 22
10 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 51.716s 0.423s 25
11 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 51.731s 0.438s 31
12 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 51.748s 0.455s 27
13 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 51.763s 0.470s 27
14 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 51.781s 0.488s 24
15 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 51.823s 0.530s 25
16 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 51.882s 0.589s 24
17 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 51.886s 0.593s 25
18 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 51.909s 0.616s 25
19 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 51.921s 0.628s 23
20 Ricky Collard WSR BMW 51.999s 0.706s 26
21 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 52.039s 0.746s 27
22 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 52.070s 0.777s 26
23 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 52.101s 0.808s 8
24 James Cole Motorbase Ford 52.138s 0.845s 26
25 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 52.162s 0.869s 11
26 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 52.214s 0.921s 15
27 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 52.263s 0.970s 24
28 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 52.541s 1.248s 22
29 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 52.573s 1.280s 25
30 Glynn Geddie AmD Tuning MG 53.031s 1.738s 24
31 Ollie Pidgley Team Hard Volkswagen 54.453s 3.160s 24

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 51.185s - 25
2 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 51.247s 0.062s 26
3 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 51.323s 0.138s 21
4 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 51.348s 0.163s 25
5 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 51.374s 0.189s 28
6 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 51.375s 0.190s 28
7 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 51.422s 0.237s 27
8 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 51.434s 0.249s 25
9 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 51.437s 0.252s 27
10 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 51.459s 0.274s 26
11 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 51.509s 0.324s 26
12 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 51.578s 0.393s 25
13 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 51.611s 0.426s 22
14 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 51.614s 0.429s 26
15 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 51.637s 0.452s 29
16 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 51.667s 0.482s 26
17 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 51.684s 0.499s 25
18 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 51.692s 0.507s 25
19 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 51.725s 0.540s 25
20 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 51.731s 0.546s 24
21 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 51.732s 0.547s 23
22 Ricky Collard WSR BMW 51.772s 0.587s 23
23 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 51.785s 0.600s 25
24 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 51.863s 0.678s 22
25 James Cole Motorbase Ford 52.222s 1.037s 27
26 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 52.312s 1.127s 18
27 Glynn Geddie AmD Tuning MG 52.378s 1.193s 24
28 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 52.650s 1.465s 29
29 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 52.845s 1.660s 16
30 Ollie Pidgley Team Hard Volkswagen 53.274s 2.089s 27


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