Jordan lays down a marker
BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan set the quickest time of the day – and fastest lap of all time around the 1.27-mile Knockhill circuit – as he pipped Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish in the closing moments of Free Practice 2.
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has kicked off in frenetic fashion as 31-cars have squeezed their way around the tight and twisty track during both practice sessions, but that hasn’t stopped the record breaking pace as a number of drivers have dipped under the existing qualifying landmark.
Cammish looked to have grabbed P1 with his own late lap but the Yorkshireman eventually fell short by just 0.062s in his 2018 Honda Civic Type R.
The Ciceley Motorsport stable has hit form in recent weeks, Adam Morgan having secured a first pole position and race one victory at Rockingham last time out, and the Mac Tools-backed squad has continued its rich streak here. M0rgan ended up a solid third and generally looks like he could contend for qualifying honours later this afternoon.
Chris Smiley – another Rockingham race winner – set the fourth quickest time in the BTC Norlin Racing Honda, whilst DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing’s Rob Austin claimed his second top five finish of the day.
Stephen Jelley produced an eye-catching final lap as the Team Parker man surged up the timesheets into sixth – just 0.001s behind Austin’s Alfa.
Hondas and Mercedes’ machinery made up the remainder of the top ten positions with Brett Smith (WIX Racing with Eurotech), Tom Oliphant (Ciceley Motorsport), Daniel Lloyd (BTC Norlin Racing) and Aiden Moffat (Laser Tools Racing) completing seventh through to tenth.
The first 20 cars were separated by a little over half a second.
There were two stoppages during the 40-minutes of running with Ollie Jackson’s Audi going off at one point, whilst Matt Simpson’s Honda lost a wheel after a pitstop.
Qualifying for Round 22 of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will take place at 1525 and will be streamed live via www.itv.com/btcc.
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Free Practice 2 – Knockhill
1 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing 51.185s
2 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.062s
3 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +0.138s
4 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +0.163s
5 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing +0.189s
6 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +0.190s
7 Brett SMITH (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +0.237s
8 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +0.249s
9 Dan LLOYD (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +0.252s
10 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.274s
11 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +0.324s
12 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.393s
13 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.426s
14 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +0.429s
15 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +0.452s
16 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +0.482s
17 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.499s
18 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +0.507s
19 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.540s
20 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.546s
21 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +0.547s
22 Ricky COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +0.587s
23 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +0.600s
24 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.678s
25 James COLE (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.037s
26 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +1.127s
27 Glynn GEDDIE (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +1.193s
28 Sam SMELT (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +1.465s
29 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +1.660s
30 Ollie PIDGLEY (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +2.089s
31 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars NO TIME