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Jordan takes fastest time by the slimmest of margins in practice 2

Saturday, March 30 2013

Andrew Jordan was fastest in the second practice session ahead of qualifying for this weekend's opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch today (Saturday). The Pirtek-run Civic driver headed reigning champion Gordon Shedden by just three thousandths of a second.

The session was barely five minutes old when Will Bratt's Audi stopped at Clearways, leading to a stoppage. Matt Neal and Jason Plato were fastest but with lap times of nearly 56 seconds, it was obvious that no serious running had taken place.

When the drivers returned to the track a few minutes later, Plato set a searing pace, once more the first man under fifty seconds. Team mate Sam Tordoff was in second, three tenths in arrears. Shedden then responded, shattering the MG's pacesetting time by half a second, with Jordan making it a Civic 1-2.

The second practice session was a lot less frantic than the opening encounter, and the times remained fairly static following an initial flurry of activity. Hondas and MGs filled the front of the field, with Frank Wrathall and Colin Turkington also making their presence felt.

Jeff Smith continued his fine form from earlier practice, keeping his team mate well in sight but an ever bigger surprise came in the late moments as Adam Morgan placed his Cicely-run Avensis in third position. Dave Newsham planted his Speedworks example well into the top ten too, and all of a sudden there were three Toyotas near the front.

Neal and Plato sped up in the dying moments, taking third and fourth places respectively, before the MG improved to second. Both continued to fly as the seconds ticked away, despite a busy track, however it was Andrew Jordan that posted the quickest time by fractions as the chequered flag came out.

In the S2000 class, Lea Wood and James Kaye traded times, Wood taking the honours by three tenths. Qualifying takes place at 15:40 today.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Practice 2

1, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, 48.383s
2, Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +0.003s
3, Jason Plato, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, +0.145s
4, Matt Neal, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +0.342s
5, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Racing, Toyota Avensis, +0.595s
6, Jeff Smith, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, +0.657s
7, Frank Wrathall, Dynojet, Toyota Avensis, +0.796s
8, Dave Newsham, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +0.823s
9, Sam Tordoff, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, +0.872
10, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +0.907s 

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch are available on the gate from £13, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.