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Tordoff on top in opening BTCC practice at Oulton Park

Saturday, June 29 2019

Sam Tordoff topped the standings in the opening free practice session of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship weekend at Oulton Park, by lapping the Island circuit in 1m26.073s in his Honda Civic Type-R this morning (Saturday).

Tordoff's late effort in the Cobra Sport AmD prepared machine edged out long-time session leader Dan Cammish in the latest factory backed Civic Type R, by less than a tenth of a second, with championship form man Andrew Jordan third in his BMW Pirtek Racing 3 Series.

BTCC legend and two-time champion Jason Plato continued his return to front-running form by leading the session for much of its first half before ultimately winding up fourth in his Vauxhall Astra, just two hundreths adrift of 2013 champion Jordan, with Tom Ingram a mere 0.087s further back in the sole official Toyota entry. 

Of the other champions on the grid, Matt Neal fared the best with sixth in his Honda Civic Type R, two places ahead of Ash Sutton, winner of the BTCC in 2017, in his Subaru Levorg. 

Reigning champion Colin Turkington was eleventh quickest as he returned to the circuit at which he claimed the only win of his title winning campaign last year in his Team BMW 330i M Sport. 

The next BTCC practice session is coming up at 12:10 ahead of the qualifying session at 15:20. 

BTCC FP1 Result
1, S Tordoff, Cobra Sport AmD, Honda Civic Type R, 1m26.073s
2, D Cammish, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +0.089s
3, A Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, BMW 330i M Sport, +0.267s
4, J Plato, Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, +0.288s
5, T Ingram, Team Toyota GB, Toyota Corolla, +0.375s
6, M Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type T, +0.463s
7, C Smiley, BTC Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +0.467s
8, A Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg, +0.575s
9, R Butcher, Cobra Sport AmD, Honda Civic Type R, +0.590s
10, S Jelley, Team Parker Racing, BMW 125i M Sport, +0.595s
11, C Turkington, Team BMW, BMW 330i M Sport, +0.679s
12, T Chilton, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher, Ford Focus RS, +0.702s
13, M Simpson, Simpson Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +0.784s
14, J Cook, BTC Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +0.797s
15, A Morgan, Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport, Mercedes Benz A-Class, +0.808s
16, A Moffat, Laser Tools Racing, Mercedes Benz A-Class, +0.854s
17, J Hill, TradePriceCars.com, Audi S3, +0.941s
18, T Oliphant, Team BMW, BMW 330i M Sport, +0.955s
19, J Goff, RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport, VW CC, +0.968s
20, B Thompson, GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct, +1.034s
21, S Proctor, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg, +1.113s
22, O Jackson, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher, +1.126s
23, D Rowbottom, Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport, +1.145s
24, R Collard, Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, +1.250s
25, R Smith, Excelr8 Motorsport, MG6, +1.721s
26, M Crees, GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct, VW CC, +1,880s
27, M Blundell, TradePriceCars.com, Audi S3, +1.904s
28, N Hamilton, ROKiT Racing with Motorbase, Ford Focus RS, +2.050s
29, S Osborne, Excelr8 Motorsport, MG6, +2.145s
30, C Boardley, RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport, VW CC, no time