Oulton Park BTCC: Jason Plato's MG fastest in practice

Jason Plato set the pace in British Touring Car Championship free practice at Oulton Park

Oulton Park BTCC: Jason Plato's MG fastest in practice

The works MG driver was quickest for much of the morning's free practice session and set several times good enough to end up on top.

Plato's 1m26.227s then remained unbeaten throughout the second session, which was topped by a late charge from Andrew Jordan's Eurotech Honda Civic at 1m26.605s.

That effort prevented Plato from topping both sessions and was 0.002 seconds faster than the second MG of Sam Tordoff had managed in the morning.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden was third in both sessions and ended up fourth overall in his works Honda, while Colin Turkington showed the improvement in form of the WSR BMWs by ending up fifth.

Championship leader Matt Neal made it three Civics in the top six, though his 45kg of success ballast means he is likely to struggle to match the top runners come qualifying.

Speedworks Motorsport feels it has made good progress with its Toyota Avensis and Dave Newsham ended up seventh in his example.

Lea Wood's 1m28.619s effort in the first session was enough to top the S2000 class in his Vauxhall Vectra.

Practice one:

Pos  Driver            Team/Car           Time       Gap
 1.  Jason Plato       MG                 1m26.227s
 2.  Sam Tordoff       MG                 1m26.607s  + 0.380s
 3.  Gordon Shedden    Honda              1m26.784s  + 0.557s
 4.  Andrew Jordan     Eurotech Honda     1m26.942s  + 0.715s
 5.  Colin Turkington  WSR BMW            1m26.994s  + 0.767s
 6.  Matt Neal         Honda              1m27.181s  + 0.954s
 7.  Dave Newsham      Speedworks Toyota  1m27.521s  + 1.294s
 8.  Adam Morgan       Ciceley Toyota     1m27.548s  + 1.321s
 9.  Rob Austin        Austin Audi        1m27.724s  + 1.497s
10.  Frank Wrathall    Dynojet Toyota     1m27.897s  + 1.670s
11.  Aron Smith        Motorbase Ford     1m28.030s  + 1.803s
12.  Mat Jackson       Motorbase Ford     1m28.060s  + 1.833s
13.  Tom Onslow-Cole   Hard VW            1m28.079s  + 1.852s
14.  Ollie Jackson     Speedworks Toyota  1m28.166s  + 1.939s
15.  Rob Collard       WSR BMW            1m28.255s  + 2.028s
16.  Lea Wood          Wood Vauxhall*     1m28.619s  + 2.392s
17.  Jeff Smith        Eurotech Honda     1m28.886s  + 2.659s
18.  Nick Foster       WSR BMW            1m28.928s  + 2.701s
19.  Jack Goff         Hard Vauxhall      1m28.960s  + 2.733s
20.  Daniel Welch      Welch Proton       1m29.036s  + 2.809s
21.  Will Bratt        Austin Audi        1m29.477s  + 3.250s
22.  Liam Griffin      Motorbase Ford*    1m30.212s  + 3.985s
23.  Aaron Mason       AmD VW*            1m31.091s  + 4.864s
24.  James Cole        Hard Vauxhall      1m31.252s  + 5.025s
25.  David Nye         Welch Ford*        1m31.721s  + 5.494s

Practice two:

Pos  Driver            Team/Car           Time       Gap
 1.  Andrew Jordan     Eurotech Honda     1m26.605s
 2.  Jason Plato       MG                 1m26.644s  + 0.039s
 3.  Gordon Shedden    Honda              1m26.701s  + 0.096s
 4.  Colin Turkington  WSR BMW            1m26.990s  + 0.385s
 5.  Sam Tordoff       MG                 1m27.029s  + 0.424s
 6.  Matt Neal         Honda              1m27.125s  + 0.520s
 7.  Dave Newsham      Speedworks Toyota  1m27.222s  + 0.617s
 8.  Frank Wrathall    Dynojet Toyota     1m27.342s  + 0.737s
 9.  Mat Jackson       Motorbase Ford     1m27.489s  + 0.884s
10.  Rob Collard       WSR BMW            1m27.673s  + 1.068s
11.  Adam Morgan       Ciceley Toyota     1m27.677s  + 1.072s
12.  Ollie Jackson     Speedworks Toyota  1m27.798s  + 1.193s
13.  Tom Onslow-Cole   Hard VW            1m27.906s  + 1.301s
14.  Aron Smith        Motorbase Ford     1m28.229s  + 1.624s
15.  Jeff Smith        Eurotech Honda     1m28.246s  + 1.641s
16.  Daniel Welch      Welch Proton       1m28.265s  + 1.660s
17.  Jack Goff         Hard Vauxhall      1m28.284s  + 1.679s
18.  Rob Austin        Austin Audi        1m28.396s  + 1.791s
19.  Nick Foster       WSR BMW            1m28.573s  + 1.968s
20.  James Cole        Hard Vauxhall      1m28.691s  + 2.086s
21.  Will Bratt        Austin Audi        1m28.935s  + 2.330s
22.  Liam Griffin      Motorbase Ford*    1m29.001s  + 2.396s
23.  Lea Wood          Wood Vauxhall*     1m29.042s  + 2.437s
24.  Aaron Mason       AmD VW*            1m29.866s  + 3.261s
25.  Warren Scott      BMR SEAT*          1m30.794s  + 4.189s
26.  David Nye         Welch Ford*        1m30.945s  + 4.340s
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