Sam Tordoff sets fastest time in BTCC Oulton Park practice session

Sam Tordoff topped the British Touring Car Championship times in free practice at Oulton Park, with his early effort four tenths clear of practice two pacesetter Dan Cammish

Sam Tordoff sets fastest time in BTCC Oulton Park practice session

AmD Tuning driver Tordoff has suffered a difficult start to the 2019 season so far, most notably dropping from the lead in the first race at Thruxton due to an electrical issue.

But his 1m26.073s effort aboard his Honda Civic Type R was 0.089s clear of closest challenger Cammish in the first 40-minute session and was 0.432s ahead of the latter's FP2 benchmark.

The warmer second session pushed the tyres outside of their operating window and led to a slight reduction in engine power, which slowed the times.

The front-wheel drive runners emerged fastest out of the blocks, with the Toyota Corolla of Tom Ingram and Tordoff setting the pace early on in the first practice session.

That carried over into practice two, where Cammish was the first to post a representative time in the low 1m27s but was soon bettered by the Audi S3 of Jake Hill.

After the morning running Hill had complained of excessive oversteer through the high-speed Druids corner but after set-up changes he was vying for fastest lap in the afternoon.

Cammish replaced Hill at the top of the times with a 1m26.939s before the second practice session was red flagged 10 minutes in.

A double winner last time out at Croft, Andrew Jordan spun his WSR-run BMW 330i M Sport at Old Hall where he was collected by Matt Simpson.

Simpson had not set a banker lap, so ended the session without a time and last at the venue where he won the opening race last season.

After a 10-minute pause, Tordoff improved to head the times and dropped to a 1m26.900s with Ingram and Colin Turkington bettering their initial laps also.

Jason Plato then found one thousandth of a second over Tordoff to squeak ahead, although he was close to 1.5s off his 2015 qualifying lap record.

But Cammish responded on his next quick run to pull out a comfortable four-tenth advantage at the top, and from there he was never headed.

The third BMW of Tom Oliphant ate into Cammish's cushion to go second, with Hill also edging closer on the next tour.

But it was Cammish's Team Dynamics team-mate Matt Neal who came closest, ending the second session runner-up and 0.232 shy.

Hill's previous effort was enough for him to wind up third, clear of Plato and Oliphant with Tordoff dropping to sixth.

Aidan Moffat was seventh with reigning champion and points leader Colin Turkington finishing practice in a quiet eighth from Adam Morgan and Tom Ingram.

Plato's Power Maxed Racing team-mate Rob Collard was 14th ahead of 2017 champion Ashley Sutton in a session where one second covered the top 19 cars.

Josh Cook was 16th for BTC Racing with Tom Chilton 18th ahead of ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell.

Due to the extensive damage to the floor of Jordan's BMW, lengthy repairs truncated his session and he wound up 20th.

Rory Butcher in the sister AmD Tuning Honda was 24th.

FP1 result

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sam Tordoff AmD Tuning Honda 1m26.073s - 18
2 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 1m26.162s 0.089s 17
3 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m26.340s 0.267s 15
4 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m26.361s 0.288s 15
5 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m26.448s 0.375s 17
6 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 1m26.536s 0.463s 16
7 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 1m26.540s 0.467s 19
8 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 1m26.648s 0.575s 17
9 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 1m26.663s 0.590s 19
10 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 1m26.668s 0.595s 17
11 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m26.752s 0.679s 17
12 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 1m26.775s 0.702s 16
13 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 1m26.857s 0.784s 18
14 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 1m26.870s 0.797s 18
15 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m26.881s 0.808s 18
16 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m26.927s 0.854s 16
17 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 1m27.014s 0.941s 15
18 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 1m27.028s 0.955s 13
19 Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 1m27.041s 0.968s 14
20 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 1m27.107s 1.034s 17
21 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 1m27.186s 1.113s 16
22 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 1m27.199s 1.126s 16
23 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m27.218s 1.145s 16
24 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m27.323s 1.250s 18
25 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 1m27.794s 1.721s 19
26 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 1m27.953s 1.880s 19
27 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 1m27.977s 1.904s 19
28 Nicolas Hamilton Motorbase Performance Ford 1m28.123s 2.050s 17
29 Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 1m28.218s 2.145s 20
30 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen - - 4

FP2 result

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 1m26.505s - 12
2 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 1m26.549s 0.044s 12
3 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 1m26.674s 0.169s 15
4 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m26.804s 0.299s 14
5 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 1m26.873s 0.368s 13
6 Sam Tordoff AmD Tuning Honda 1m26.900s 0.395s 18
7 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m26.917s 0.412s 12
8 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m26.961s 0.456s 14
9 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m26.967s 0.462s 13
10 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m27.049s 0.544s 12
11 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 1m27.160s 0.655s 12
12 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 1m27.195s 0.690s 16
13 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 1m27.268s 0.763s 10
14 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m27.270s 0.765s 14
15 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 1m27.319s 0.814s 18
16 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 1m27.384s 0.879s 16
17 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 1m27.455s 0.950s 13
18 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 1m27.499s 0.994s 12
19 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 1m27.504s 0.999s 15
20 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m27.574s 1.069s 3
21 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 1m27.689s 1.184s 15
22 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m27.745s 1.240s 15
23 Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 1m27.783s 1.278s 6
24 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 1m27.886s 1.381s 8
25 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 1m27.928s 1.423s 14
26 Nicolas Hamilton Motorbase Performance Ford 1m28.044s 1.539s 12
27 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 1m28.227s 1.722s 16
28 Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 1m28.237s 1.732s 16
29 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 1m28.339s 1.834s 15
30 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda - - 3
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