Chilton sets Thruxton practice pace

Tom Chilton topped the times in the first practice session for the British Touring Car Championship rounds at Thruxton this morning

Chilton sets Thruxton practice pace

Chilton's Arena Ford recorded a 1m18.551s to pip the rapid Special Tuning Racing SEAT of Tom Boardman by two tenths of a second.

Donington Park race winners Mat Jackson (Motorbase Ford) and Andrew Jordan (Eurotech Vauxhall) were next as the turbo cars continued to dominate despite their recent boost reduction.

Honda team-mates Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal completed the top six, while Tom Onslow-Cole continued AmD Milltek's improvement in form with seventh in his Volkswagen Golf.

Reigning champion Jason Plato (Chevrolet) was the top normally aspirated runner in eighth, a second behind Chilton.

Championship leader James Nash (Triple 8 Vauxhall) was only 11th fastest, while Frank Wrathall's Dynojet NGTC Toyota Avensis had a fine run to 14th.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Tom Chilton Arena Ford 1m18.551s 2. Tom Boardman Special Tuning SEAT 1m18.764s + 0.213s 3. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m19.047s + 0.496s 4. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Vauxhall 1m19.206s + 0.655s 5. Gordon Shedden Honda 1m19.342s + 0.791s 6. Matt Neal Honda 1m19.443s + 0.892s 7. Tom Onslow-Cole AmD Volkswagen 1m19.450s + 0.899s 8. Jason Plato Chevrolet 1m19.497s + 0.946s 9. Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m19.956s + 1.405s 10. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet 1m20.062s + 1.511s 11. James Nash Triple 8 Vauxhall 1m20.092s + 1.541s 12. Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford 1m20.519s + 1.968s 13. Jeff Smith Eurotech Vauxhall 1m20.615s + 2.064s 14. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 1m20.680s + 2.129s 15. Paul O'Neill Tech-Speed Chevrolet 1m20.786s + 2.235s 16. Tony Gilham Triple 8 Vauxhall 1m21.097s + 2.546s 17. Andy Neate Arena Ford 1m21.156s + 2.605s 18. Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m22.019s + 3.468s 19. John George Tech-Speed Chevrolet 1m22.595s + 4.044s 20. Chris James ES Chevrolet 1m25.795s + 7.244s 21. Rob Austin Rob Austin Audi 
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