Jason Plato fastest in second BTCC practice at Croft

Jason Plato led the way by nearly half a second in the second British Touring Car Championship free practice session at Croft

Jason Plato fastest in second BTCC practice at Croft

Although the former champion was not entirely happy with his MG, he was still able to put in a 1m24.817s lap, 0.485 seconds up on second-placed Gordon Shedden's Honda.

Three of the top five were in Hondas, with the second works example of Matt Neal in fourth and Eurotech's morning pacesetter Andrew Jordan fifth. Rob Collard's WSR BMW split them in third.

Mat Jackson was the best of the Motorbase Fords in sixth, followed by strong runs from Speedworks Toyota's Adam Morgan in seventh and Jackson's team-mate Aron Smith in eighth.

Next up were Frank Wrathall's Dynojet Toyota and Jordan's team-mate Jeff Smith, who escaped a few trips off the road. Third Motorbase driver Liam Griffin and ES Vauxhall man Dave Newsham also had spins.

Returnee Paul O'Neill did not set a time, his Speedworks Toyota switching into 'limp mode' as it had in opening practice.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Jason Plato MG 1m24.817s 2. Gordon Shedden Honda 1m25.302s + 0.485s 3. Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m25.446s + 0.629s 4. Matt Neal Honda 1m25.590s + 0.773s 5. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda 1m25.687s + 0.870s 6. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m26.073s + 1.256s 7. Adam Morgan Speedworks Toyota 1m26.255s + 1.438s 8. Aron Smith Motorbase Ford 1m26.307s + 1.490s 9. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 1m26.322s + 1.505s 10. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 1m26.344s + 1.527s 11. Tom Onslow-Cole WSR BMW 1m26.387s + 1.570s 12. Dave Newsham ES Vauxhall 1m26.573s + 1.756s 13. Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m26.759s + 1.942s 14. Andy Neate MG 1m26.994s + 2.177s 15. Ollie Jackson AmD Volkswagen 1m27.373s + 2.556s 16. Lea Wood Central Vauxhall 1m27.435s + 2.618s 17. Rob Austin Austin Audi 1m27.561s + 2.744s 18. Tony Gilham Gilham Honda 1m27.563s + 2.746s 19. Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford 1m27.648s + 2.831s 20. Daniel Welch Welch Proton 1m27.736s + 2.919s 21. Will Bratt Austin Audi 1m27.951s + 3.134s 22. Chris James ES Vauxhall 1m29.117s + 4.300s 23. Paul O'Neill Speedworks Toyota 
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