Brands Hatch BTCC: Jordan tops FP2, Turkington over four seconds off

Matt Kew
Jordan tops FP2, Turkington over four seconds off
Jordan tops FP2, Turkington over four seconds off

British Touring Car Championship title contender Andrew Jordan dominated second practice at Brands Hatch as a red flag kept points' leader Colin Turkington five seconds off the pace.

WSR driver Jordan, who sits 17 points off team-mate Turkington at the top of the standings, ended up almost 0.6s clear of nearest rival Jake Hill.

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Although conditions remained greasy, Tom Ingram's early benchmark of 1m41.716s was comfortably faster than Turkington's 1m42.122s time from first practice.

Ingram, who sits fifth in the standings but is the lowest-placed driver still with a mathematical chance of winning the title, headed Senna Proctor and Jordan early on.

Second in the points, Dan Cammish, then moved up to third, having scored his first two BTCC wins on the same Grand Prix layout being used this weekend at the season finale last year.

Turkington improved to a 1m41.488s to go clear at the top as drivers initially struggled to drop their times.

Josh Cook, the first winner of the season, became the first contender to lap below the 41s barrier, moving 0.242s clear of Turkington on a 1m40.784s.

With 25 minutes to go, Butcher found a further 0.8s to lap in the 1m39s as the track switched over to the prime, dry tyre.

As the front-wheel-drive runners climbed up the times, Jordan suddenly responded with 13 minutes to go.

He smashed in a 1m37.621s to pull out a strong 1.8s margin - after the top 15 had been covered by only 1s in the opening practice session.

On the next lap, Jordan posted even faster first and second sectors to drop to an impressive 1m35.788s and from there he was never headed.

With 10 minutes of the session to go, MG driver Sam Osborne caused the only red flag.

Having recovered from a spin on the exit of Graham Hill Bend earlier on, he then lost the car through the high-speed final sector.

The clock was stopped with seven minutes remaining, but there was little improvement throughout the rest of the running.

That left Hill in second, some 0.572s shy of Jordan and with Ash Sutton third but 2.4s off the pace.

Adam Morgan and Rory Butcher headed the BMW 1 Series of Stephen Jelley, with Chris Smiley in seventh ahead of Turkington.

The BMW 330i M Sport driver was 4.8s off his team-mate, narrowly edging the Motorbase Ford Focus RS of Michael Caine.

Fellow title contender Cook rounded the top 10 for BTC Racing in his Honda Civic Type R. Cammish, who enters the final three races second in the points, was a lowly 22nd ahead of ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell - who span at Graham Hill Bend moments before the red flag.

Rob Collard was 29th of out the 30 runners and carries a two-place grid penalty into race one for overtaking under yellow flag conditions in the previous meeting at Silverstone.

FP2 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

Laps

1

Andrew Jordan

WSR

BMW

1m35.788s

14

2

Jake Hill

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

0.572s

14

3

Ash Sutton

BMR Racing

Subaru

2.400s

13

4

Adam Morgan

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

2.596s

16

5

Rory Butcher

AmD Tuning

Honda

2.694s

18

6

Stephen Jelley

Team Parker Racing

BMW

3.060s

14

7

Chris Smiley

BTC Racing

Honda

3.934s

14

8

Colin Turkington

WSR

BMW

4.803s

14

9

Michael Caine

Motorbase Performance

Ford

4.851s

14

10

Josh Cook

BTC Racing

Honda

4.996s

15

11

Jack Goff

Team Hard

Volkswagen

5.288s

10

12

Jason Plato

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

5.658s

15

13

Tom Chilton

Motorbase Performance

Ford

5.729s

14

14

Ollie Jackson

Motorbase Performance

Ford

5.735s

13

15

Carl Boardley

Team Hard

Volkswagen

5.813s

12

16

Mike Bushell

AmD Tuning

Honda

5.861s

16

17

Tom Ingram

Speedworks Motorsport

Toyota

5.928s

11

18

Tom Oliphant

WSR

BMW

5.993s

15

19

Senna Proctor

BMR Racing

Subaru

6.033s

16

20

Aiden Moffat

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

6.036s

15

21

Rob Smith

Excelr8 Motorsport

MG

6.105s

14

22

Dan Cammish

Team Dynamics

Honda

6.270s

13

23

Mark Blundell

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

6.308s

17

24

Matt Neal

Team Dynamics

Honda

6.615s

15

25

Matt Simpson

Simpson Racing

Honda

6.764s

11

26

Bobby Thompson

Team Hard

Volkswagen

6.826s

10

27

Daniel Rowbottom

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

6.913s

15

28

Michael Crees

Team Hard

Volkswagen

6.973s

16

29

Rob Collard

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

7.220s

15

30

Sam Osborne

Excelr8 Motorsport

MG

8.083s

10

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