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Jordan keeps BTCC hopes alive with strong second practice form

Saturday, October 20 2012

Title outsider Andrew Jordan kept the Honda name at the top of the timesheets in the second free practice session ahead of this weekend's final round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch. However the eBay Motors BMWs came on strong on the drying track, with the MG and works Hondas being pushed down the order.

With a much drier track now warmed by the autumn sun, the BMWs of Tom Onslow-Cole and Nick Foster led early on. Lap times were almost ten seconds faster than first practice at this point, with the wooded Grand Prix section in particular benefitting from the morning's support race sessions.

Jason Plato and Andrew Jordan soon provided a threat to the rear-wheel-drive cars, but Dave Newsham and Aron Smith were also getting in on the act, as the works Hondas sat in the pitlane with their drivers worked on dry settings with their mechanics.

There was a brief break in the action when bizarrely, Dan Welch's Proton and Tony Gilham's Vauxhall contacted on the pit straight. Tony Hughes was also enduring a tough session, with a spin at Paddock Hill bend bringing out the red flags for a few moments.

Just before this happened, Jordan had topped the times at the halfway point of the session, holding an advantage of a second over the rest. He was also joined by team mate Jeff Smith, albeit with a gap of seven tenths between the pair.

The green flag came out with just eight minutes remaining, with Plato waiting a few moments before rejoining. The MG left behind an ominous pool of coolant but its driver's times suggested no serious dramas. Indeed he lapped on the pace as Onslow-Cole demoted Jordan.

Plato continued to lap at a quick pace, along with the BMWs, however it was Jordan's final effort that stunned everyone, with a half second advantage over Onslow-Cole. Jeff Smith and Foster also improved late on, demoting the works Hondas, with the Redstone Focuses of Mat Jackson and Aron Smith completing the top ten.

BTCC qualifying will take place at 14:55.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Free Practice 2

1, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, +1:31.765s
2, Tom Onslow-Cole, eBay Motors, BMW 320si, +0.652s
3, Rob Collard, eBay Motors, BMW 320si, +0.905s
4, Jason Plato, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, +1.008s
5, Jeff Smith, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, +1.114s
6, Nick Foster, eBay Motors, BMW 320si, +1.154s
7, Matt Neal, Honda Yuasa Racing Team, Honda Civic, +1.253s
8, Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing Team, Honda Civic, +1.274s
9, Mat Jackson, Redstone Racing, Ford Focus ST, +1.656s
10, Aron Smith, Redstone Racing, Ford Focus ST, +1.758s

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on 20/21 October are available on the gate for £13 on Saturday and £30 on Sunday, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.