Andrew Jordan got his weekend in the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship off to a great start as he took the fastest time of the opening free practice session today at the Croft Circuit.
Jordan, who is yet to take a race win so far this season but lies 5th in the championship, set a time of 1:24.835 which was good enough to take the session by over 0.8 seconds.
The early part of the session was dominated by the Honda of Gordon Shedden who will be looking for win number six of the season and further cement his position at the top of the championship but the 23-year-old from Sutton Coldfield had other ideas in his Pirtek Racing NGTC Honda Civic. That meant that the Scotsman would have to settle for the second fastest time of the session.
Third fastest was a 3rd NGTC Honda Civic of reigning champion, Matt Neal. Matt left it late to set a competitive time after spending most of the session doing one lap runs but it didn’t much for the BTCC veteran to make a mark. Neal ended the session third fastest but he’ll be wary of the fact that he was 1.5 seconds slower than the time of Jordan and 0.7 seconds slower than his team-mate.
The first of the non-Honda’s was that of Dave Newsham. The Team ES Racing driver, who took the first pole position of the season, set a time of 1:26.438 was good enough for 4th fastest ahead of the eBay Motors BMW of Rob Collard.
Two-time champion, Jason Plato, was 6th fastest in his MG6 ahead of Adam Morgan who made a late charge to come from the back of the pack to finish 7th in the NGTC-specification Toyota Avensis.
Nick Foster and Aron Smith round out the top ten.
Paul O’Neill struggled in his first session behind the wheel of the Speedworks Motorsport NGTC-spec Toyota Avensis as he could only manage 21st after he was complaining of the throttle cable early on in the session.
For the full classification, click here.
Free practice two gets underway at 11:50am.
Photo Credit: Pete Mainey