Practice: Reid sets the pace

For the second BTCC meeting in a row Anthony Reid topped the times in free practice with the works MG ZS and this time he reckons he'll be able to reproduce that pace when it matters in qualifying and races as the series visits the Brands Hatch Indy circuit for rounds 17 and 18

Practice: Reid sets the pace

"I think we've learned a lesson, so there's no why we can't make this one stick," said the Scot. "I think there's something there," he continued while perusing a data sheet he'd just been handed by a team member. "Yes, I'm quite happy with that."

Reid's best time had been set in the first session of the day and he'd actually crashed the car in the second. "I was on a good lap and I just pushed too hard," he admitted after running into the tyre wall on the exit of Surtees. "But it's not too bad, it'll polish out."

Reid's team-mate Warren Hughes was next quickest, also with a lap set in the first session, but the next man up Alan Morrison set his time in session two, in which he topped the timesheet. "We went quicker when the session was slower, so I'm looking forward to qualifying," said the Honda works driver.

The next four slots were occupied by the Tripel Eight-run Vauxhalls - in weight order from Paul O'Neill in the lightest Astra to Yvan Muller in the heaviest, via Matt Neal and James Thompson.

Norman Simon set the pace in BTC production in the Edenbridge Racing BMW, just quicker than James Kaye in the newly-lightened Synchro Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R. Gavin Pyper was third best despite missing the second session after an engine failure in the first.

Anthony Reid (MG ZS) 49.364s 89.42mph
Warren Hughes (MG ZS) 49.368s 89.41mph
Alan Morrison (Honda Civic Type R) 49.428s 89.30mph
Paul O'Neill (Vauxhall Astra Coupe) 49.468s 89.23mph
Matt Neal (Vauxhall Astra Coupe) 49.513s 89.15mph
James Thompson (Vauxhall Astra Coupe) 49.621s 88.96mph
Yvan Muller (Vauxhall Astra Coupe) 49.658s 88.89mph
Colin Turkington (MG ZS) 49.661s 88.88mph
Gareth Howell (MG ZS) 49.706s 88.80mph
Tim Harvey (Peugeot 406 Coupe) 49.714s 88.79mph

Norman Simon (BMW 320i) 51.973s 84.93mph
James Kaye (Honda Civic Type-R) 52.035s 84.83mph
Gavin Pyper (Alfa Romeo 156) 52.362s 84.30mph

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