WSR BMW driver Sam Tordoff leads second Brands Hatch BTCC practice

WSR BMW driver Sam Tordoff topped the second free practice session at Brands Hatch ahead of the opening rounds of the British Touring Car Championship on Sunday

WSR BMW driver Sam Tordoff leads second Brands Hatch BTCC practice

The four-time race winner in the BTCC set a record-breaking pace to head the standings after the second 40-minute session.

Tordoff's time of 48.132 seconds is below the qualifying lap record for the BTCC, which belongs to Matt Neal, who clocked a 48.21s lap in his Honda Civic Type R back in 2011.

"The car feels good," Tordoff said.

"We had a little bit in reserve in that session and we have a nice balance, which is something to work with.

"We have improved the car in a number of areas over the winter and this is evidence of that."

Aron Smith was 0.164s adrift in his Team BKR VW CC after a strong session for the outfit that is new to the championship.

Tom Ingram, who topped the first timed outing, was third ahead of reigning champion Gordon Shedden (Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R), Adam Morgan (Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class) and Shedden's team-mate Neal.

The new Subaru Levorg machines continued to rack up mileage.

Colin Turkington completed 26 laps to be the fastest of the Team BMR-operated cars once more in 19th.

Jason Plato put in his best lap at the end of the session to finish 23rd, with team owner Warren Scott 27th, while James Cole was 28th.

Plato was pleased with the car, saying that he had already felt the potential.

"This car has all the basics that we need, and it is now a question of building on that," he said.

"We have the foundations that we expected and that we need to push things forward."

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 48.132s - 25
2 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 48.296s 0.164s 20
3 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 48.349s 0.217s 32
4 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 48.409s 0.277s 30
5 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 48.484s 0.352s 28
6 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 48.499s 0.367s 24
7 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 48.539s 0.407s 31
8 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 48.612s 0.480s 33
9 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 48.647s 0.515s 32
10 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 48.669s 0.537s 28
11 Jack Goff WSR BMW 48.682s 0.550s 29
12 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 48.787s 0.655s 24
13 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 48.804s 0.672s 31
14 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 48.839s 0.707s 10
15 Andy Neate Dynamics/Honda Honda 48.859s 0.727s 30
16 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 48.941s 0.809s 37
17 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 48.980s 0.848s 28
18 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 49.129s 0.997s 36
19 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 49.160s 1.028s 26
20 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 49.173s 1.041s 31
21 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 49.267s 1.135s 27
22 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 49.384s 1.252s 32
23 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 49.483s 1.351s 27
24 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 49.491s 1.359s 29
25 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 49.635s 1.503s 24
26 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 49.664s 1.532s 20
27 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 49.669s 1.537s 29
28 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 49.713s 1.581s 33
29 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 50.213s 2.081s 25
30 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 50.402s 2.270s 37
31 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 50.575s 2.443s 13
32 Rob Collard WSR BMW 52.610s 4.478s 11


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