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Morgan and Smith top session apiece

Adam Morgan and Aron Smith topped a session apiece at the second day of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s official tyre test from Snetterton.

With conditions differing wildly from day one, the afternoon of which characterised by a downpour, to day two’s sunshine made it difficult to draw comparisons. This was especially true given the amount of data collection and setup work the testing workload bestowed upon the teams and drivers at a uniquely relaxed opportunity to tinker.

That said, Tom Ingram’s time set early on Wednesday was the quickest seen over the course of the test, and the majority of the fastest overall times did come from that morning session.

For Thursday, it was WIX Racing that set the pace in the morning running, narrowly besting the afternoon’s pace-setter Aron Smith. Dan Lloyd followed up on a strong showing on day one with a further display of his, and Eurotech Racing’s, pace around Snetterton – Jeff Smith adding to that with the third best time on Thursday afternoon.

Ingram showed well once more, while Rob Austin augmented an encouraging fifth yesterday with a best-of-test for him with fourth towards the end of proceedings. The Handy Motorsport man said he had turned a corner with his setup and in fact, clocked the sixth best time in testing overall.

The front-wheel drive machines were again the more successful, with Colin Turkington the best of the rear-drive cars on day two with seventh.

There were three rookies that made their BTCC debuts in testing in Bobby Thompson, with Power Maxed Racing, Dennis Strandberg in the Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus and Ant Whorton-Eales, driving the Team HARD Toyota Avensis.

2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Testing – Snetterton, Thursday AM:

Adam MORGAN (GBR) WIX Racing 1m56.629s
2 Aron SMITH (GBR) BKR +0.101s
Daniel LLOYD (GBR) Eurotech Racing +0.192s
Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +0.372s
5 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) Pirtek Racing +0.392s
Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.594s
Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Silverline Subaru BMR Racing +0.597s
Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +0.717s
9 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +0.642s
10 Martin DEPPER (GBR) Eurotech Racing +0.849s

2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Testing – Snetterton, Thursday PM:

1 Aron SMITH (GBR) BKR 1m56.898s
2 Dan LLOYD (GBR) Eurotech Racing +0.084s
3 Jeff SMITH (GBR) Eurotech Racing +0.287s
Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +0.373s
Adam MORGAN (GBR) WIX Racing +0.406s
6 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) Pirtek Racing +0.468s
Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +0.506s
Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.531s
Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +0.618s
10 Martin DEPPER (GBR) Eurotech Racing +0.651s

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