Silverstone BTCC: Mat Jackson dominates practice in Motorbase Ford

Mat Jackson dominated practice for the British Touring Car Championship round at Silverstone in his Motorbase Ford Focus

Silverstone BTCC: Mat Jackson dominates practice in Motorbase Ford

The Rockingham race winner topped both sessions on Saturday, as the new EcoBoost-powered Focus starred on the short national circuit layout.

Jackson's best time of the day so far came in practice two, in which he posted a 58.557s lap and then aborted an even quicker lap.

His effort was still good enough for top spot, edging out MG's Jack Goff by just 0.053s.

Colin Turkington was the leading Team BMR Volkswagen CC in third, just ahead of the BTCC's newest podium finishers Josh Cook and Tom Ingram - with all three drivers within a couple of tenths of Jackson's benchmarks.

Jackson had edged Cook's Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze by just 0.067s in the opening session, in which Goff also looked strong in the Triple Eight-run MG having gone fourth.

Maximum ballast does not look to have hindered championship leader Gordon Shedden's Honda too badly, with the Scot sixth in the opening session and seventh later on.

His nearest rival, Team BMR's Jason Plato, was outside the top 10 and more than three tenths off the pace complaining about the balance on both occasions as he went 16th and 11th.

Plato's team boss Warren Scott posted his most competitive showing with the third-best time in first practice, but crashed heavily at Copse at the end of the session and missed the second after going to hospital for checks.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 58.952s - 18
2 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 59.019s 0.067s 23
3 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 59.024s 0.072s 22
4 Jack Goff MG MG 59.058s 0.106s 24
5 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 59.072s 0.120s 28
6 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 59.084s 0.132s 21
7 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 59.128s 0.176s 22
8 Andrew Jordan MG MG 59.142s 0.190s 22
9 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 59.185s 0.233s 18
10 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 59.188s 0.236s 25
11 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 59.372s 0.420s 24
12 Matt Neal Honda Honda 59.389s 0.437s 21
13 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 59.452s 0.500s 25
14 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 59.467s 0.515s 18
15 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 59.472s 0.520s 16
16 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 59.480s 0.528s 22
17 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 59.532s 0.580s 23
18 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 59.540s 0.588s 21
19 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 59.760s 0.808s 22
20 Rob Collard WSR BMW 59.767s 0.815s 22
21 James Cole Motorbase Ford 59.967s 1.015s 21
22 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 59.988s 1.036s 17
23 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m00.034s 1.082s 22
24 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 1m00.130s 1.178s 18
25 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 1m00.404s 1.452s 19
26 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m00.499s 1.547s 26
27 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 1m00.568s 1.616s 22
28 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 1m00.742s 1.790s 21
29 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 1m00.863s 1.911s 20
30 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 1m05.446s 6.494s 8

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 58.557s - 26
2 Jack Goff MG MG 58.610s 0.053s 26
3 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 58.677s 0.120s 24
4 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 58.704s 0.147s 26
5 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 58.755s 0.198s 24
6 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 58.782s 0.225s 28
7 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 58.786s 0.229s 29
8 Andrew Jordan MG MG 58.812s 0.255s 22
9 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 58.870s 0.313s 22
10 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 58.875s 0.318s 28
11 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 58.897s 0.340s 26
12 Matt Neal Honda Honda 58.920s 0.363s 26
13 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 58.940s 0.383s 26
14 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 58.971s 0.414s 30
15 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 58.988s 0.431s 26
16 James Cole Motorbase Ford 59.047s 0.490s 29
17 Rob Collard WSR BMW 59.080s 0.523s 27
18 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 59.087s 0.530s 21
19 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 59.153s 0.596s 27
20 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 59.172s 0.615s 25
21 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 59.176s 0.619s 30
22 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 59.348s 0.791s 28
23 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 59.431s 0.874s 20
24 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 1m00.021s 1.464s 25
25 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 1m00.146s 1.589s 29
26 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m00.190s 1.633s 29
27 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 1m00.315s 1.758s 30
28 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 1m00.510s 1.953s 30
29 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m00.688s 2.131s 8

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