Oulton BTCC: Jordan tops practice before rain hit second session

WSR BMW 125i M Sport driver Andrew Jordan topped the timesheets in the opening free practice session for the British Touring Car Championship races at Oulton Park this weekend as the second session was hit by poor weather

Oulton BTCC: Jordan tops practice before rain hit second session

Jordan set a 1m25.535s benchmark at the end of the first 40-minute period to finish ahead of Adam Morgan's Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Jack Goff's Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R.

Championship leader Tom Ingram suffered a wishbone problem on his Speedworks Motorsport-run Toyota Avensis and could only manage the seventh best time.

A downpour shortly before the second session meant all cars went out on wet tyres. Despite the track drying initially, a further shower meant it was still a soaking track at the end of the 40 minutes.

Matt Neal overcame early handling problems with his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R to top the timesheets with a 1m37.051s lap.

"We worked at the car and hit the sweet spot but I didn't expect to be fastest overall," said the three-time champion.

"You don't get anything for topping free practice but it shows that the car is working well in mixed conditions."

He was ahead of the Team BMR Subaru Levorg of James Cole, with 2009 and 2014 champion Colin Turkington in third place in the WSR BMW 125i M Sport. Session one pacesetter Jordan was eighth.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden was a mid-session casualty when he slipped off the track at Druids and made heavy contact with the tyre wall. He had earlier experienced problems with the steering wheel of the Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R.

Shedden recovered to the pits after his spill, but was unable to take any further part in the session.

"The conditions were very tricky, and the grip level was changing lap by lap," explained the Scot.

"It just got away from me."

FREE PRACTICE ONE:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m26.535s - 18
2 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m26.739s 0.204s 16
3 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m26.893s 0.358s 14
4 Josh Cook Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m26.906s 0.371s 18
5 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m26.911s 0.376s 18
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m26.981s 0.446s 15
7 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m27.060s 0.525s 9
8 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m27.078s 0.543s 16
9 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m27.211s 0.676s 18
10 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m27.225s 0.690s 20
11 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m27.248s 0.713s 14
12 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m27.252s 0.717s 16
13 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m27.308s 0.773s 14
14 Daniel Lloyd Triple Eight/MG MG 1m27.447s 0.912s 19
15 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m27.496s 0.961s 16
16 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m27.515s 0.980s 15
17 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m27.537s 1.002s 17
18 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 1m27.543s 1.008s 18
19 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m27.561s 1.026s 18
20 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m27.589s 1.054s 14
21 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m27.703s 1.168s 14
22 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m27.961s 1.426s 14
23 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m27.961s 1.426s 16
24 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 1m28.100s 1.565s 15
25 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1m28.131s 1.596s 21
26 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m28.136s 1.601s 13
27 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 1m28.177s 1.642s 12
28 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1m28.221s 1.686s 15
29 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 1m28.260s 1.725s 14
30 Luke Davenport Motorbase Ford 1m28.386s 1.851s 15
31 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1m28.748s 2.213s 17
32 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG - - 2

FREE PRACTICE TWO:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m37.051s - 15
2 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m37.300s 0.249s 14
3 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m37.347s 0.296s 13
4 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m37.382s 0.331s 16
5 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m37.449s 0.398s 16
6 Daniel Lloyd Triple Eight/MG MG 1m37.453s 0.402s 15
7 Josh Cook Maximum Motorsport Ford 1m37.455s 0.404s 16
8 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m37.470s 0.419s 14
9 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m37.667s 0.616s 14
10 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m37.707s 0.656s 14
11 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m37.784s 0.733s 11
12 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m37.789s 0.738s 14
13 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m37.836s 0.785s 17
14 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1m37.848s 0.797s 19
15 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1m37.877s 0.826s 12
16 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m37.926s 0.875s 15
17 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m37.998s 0.947s 17
18 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m38.000s 0.949s 16
19 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m38.012s 0.961s 18
20 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m38.022s 0.971s 16
21 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m38.162s 1.111s 11
22 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m38.202s 1.151s 14
23 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 1m38.250s 1.199s 16
24 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 1m38.302s 1.251s 17
25 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m38.369s 1.318s 12
26 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m38.402s 1.351s 15
27 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 1m38.473s 1.422s 17
28 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 1m38.649s 1.598s 15
29 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1m38.901s 1.850s 15
30 Luke Davenport Motorbase Ford 1m38.904s 1.853s 17
31 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 1m39.018s 1.967s 17
32 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m39.575s 2.524s 14


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