Jordan leads BTCC practice again

Andrew Jordan topped the first free practice session of the British Touring Car round at Donington Park this morning

Jordan leads BTCC practice again

The Eurotech Racing Vauxhall Vectra driver was the only man under the 1m11s barrier, with a best of 1m10.843s set in the first half of the session. Jordan also managed several laps in the 1m11s and has yet to be beaten in a free practice session this season.

James Nash's similar TOCA-powered Triple 8 Engineering Vectra was second quickest, after recording a 1m11.140s in the closing stages. He will run 27kg of ballast this weekend as he lies third in the table.

Honda Racing's Gordon Shedden was third, but finished a second consecutive first practice session in the gravel after going off at the last chicane.

Tom Boardman continued his impressive recent pace with fourth in the Special Tuning Racing SEAT. He was just 0.002s ahead of Jeff Smith, the Eurotech Racing driver making it three Vectras in the top five.

The Arena Motorsport Ford Focus of Tom Chilton rounded out the top six, lapping a tenth slower than his 2010 pole time in the older Focus.

The fastest normally aspirated runner was Alex MacDowall's RML-run works Chevrolet Cruze, just over one second slower than Jordan, while championship leader Jason Plato was 12th with 1m12.378s.

The Next Generation Touring Cars showed improved reliability. Frank Wrathall's Dynojet Toyota Avensis was 20th, three seconds behind Jordan, and the Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 took part in its first competitive session, driven by Austin.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Vauxhall 1m10.843s 2. James Nash Triple 8 Vauxhall 1m11.140s + 0.297s 3. Gordon Shedden Honda 1m11.196s + 0.353s 4. Tom Boardman Special Tuning SEAT 1m11.245s + 0.402s 5. Jeff Smith Eurotech Vauxhall 1m11.247s + 0.404s 6. Tom Chilton Arena Ford 1m11.460s + 0.617s 7. Matt Neal Honda 1m11.753s + 0.910s 8. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m11.758s + 0.915s 9. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet 1m11.866s + 1.023s 10. Paul O'Neill Tech-Speed Chevrolet 1m12.102s + 1.259s 11. Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford 1m12.131s + 1.288s 12. Jason Plato Chevrolet 1m12.378s + 1.535s 13. Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m12.492s + 1.649s 14. Andy Neate Arena Ford 1m12.634s + 1.791s 15. Tony Gilham Triple 8 Vauxhall 1m12.680s + 1.837s 16. Dave Newsham Geoff Steel BMW 1m13.003s + 2.160s 17. Tom Onslow-Cole AmD Volkswagen 1m13.105s + 2.262s 18. John George Tech-Speed Chevrolet 1m13.714s + 2.871s 19. Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m13.820s + 2.977s 20. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 1m13.841s + 2.998s 21. Rob Austin Austin Audi 1m14.922s + 4.079s 22. Chris James ES Chevrolet 1m15.241s + 4.398s 23. Tony Hughes Speedworks Toyota 1m15.650s + 4.807s 
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