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Plato stays on top as Goff stars in second BTCC practice

Saturday, March 29 2014

Jason Plato remained on top in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship practice session at Brands Hatch today (Saturday), but was nearly pipped by Jack Goff at the end of a highly competitive 40 minutes.

Conditions were much warmer for the second practice session, and immediately the times began to tumble, with old rivals Jason Plato and Matt Neal topping the order after initial skirmishes. However the track started to look very busy, with Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington joining in the fray.

Aron Smith impressed early on to be second quickest, carrying the strong form of the BMR Passat over from the opening session, and newcomer Tom Ingram was also in the top ten at this stage. With reports of oil on the circuit, the pitlane filled with cars as proceedings began to calm down, at least temporarily. It soon transpired that this had originated from Glyn Geddie's United Autosports Toyota, and he played no further part in the session.

It wasn't until halfway through the session that the times began to fall once more, with Plato shaving a few thousandths from his previous best, but still almost half a second shy of his morning best. Ingram and then Sam Tordoff hauled themselves up the order to sit third and fourth fastest as the final ten minutes approached.

Tordoff then posted the second fastest time, trailing his team mate by just four hundredths of a second. With just over five minutes to go, Warren Scott spun at Paddock Hill and this caused a red flag. However the BMR team owner recovered to the pits and this led to a huge rush onto the track for the final moments.

Jordan improved to second place, just two thousandths quicker than Tordoff, then Jack Goff, from almost nowhere, displaced him. This left Jordan in third place, whilst Turkington was seventh, and the works Hondas eighth and ninth, just ahead of an impressive Martin Depper. Fabrizio Giovanardi was 13th, and Alain Menu 18th after a tough session. Just a quarter of a second covered the top ten.

Qualifying will take place at 15:40 this afternoon.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Second Practice
1, Jason Plato, MG, 48.719s
2, Jack Goff, BMR, Vauxhall, +0.012s
3, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek, Honda, +0.041s
4, Sam Tordoff, MG, +0.043s
5, Aron Smith, BMR, VW, +0.058s
6, Tom Ingram, Speedworks, Toyota, +0.064s
7, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW, +0.081s
8, Gordon Shedden, Honda Racing, +0.137s
9, Matt Neal, Honda Racing, +0.171s
10, Martin Depper, Pirtek, Honda, +0.235s

Raceday tickets for the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 30 March are available on the gate for £32, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.