Jordan’s form continues with fast start at Croft
BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan is looking to continue his recent form with another strong showing at Croft this weekend, and the 30-year-old has kicked things off in the best way possible.
Jordan won twice last time out at Thruxton to reignite his championship challenge, and now the BMW 3 Series driver has set the quickest time in Free Practice 1 at Croft.
Croft Circuit has undergone a much publicised resurfacing in recent months and the freshly laid 2.13-miles of Tarmac proved to be in sparkling condition as Britain’s premier motor sport series took to the track for the first time. The highly anticipated increase in speeds came to fruition with all competing cars setting a time quicker than the current race lap record.
True to Croft form, however, the opening practice session was initially dominated by the BMWs of Jordan and Colin Turkington, as well as the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing car of Ash Sutton. With the circuit historically suiting rear-wheel drive machinary it was little surprise to see the trio leading the way, but the AmD-run Honda Civics of Sam Tordoff and Rory Butcher were also keen to join the party.
With a late flurry of changes at the top of the timesheets – including Jordan’s pace-setting lap on his penultimate tour – both Sutton and Tordoff would set exactly the same lap time to end up second and third respectively.
Turkington settled for fourth ahead of his Team BMW team-mate Tom Oliphant – all three 3 Series’ ominously inside the top five – whilst Butcher ended up sixth overall.
Matt Neal was best of the rest in the Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda, with his team-mate Dan Cammish also setting a top ten time. BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley and Team Toyota GB with Ginsters’ Tom Ingram were wedged between the manufacturer-backed Hondas when the chequered flag fell.
Free Practice 2 for the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Croft takes place at 12:00 before qualifying commences at 15:05, the latter being streamed live and exclusively via www.itv.com/btcc.
2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Free Practice 1 – Croft Circuit
1 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing 1m22.039s
2 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.085s
3 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +0.085s
4 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.231s
5 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +0.283s
6 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +0.357s
7 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.476s
8 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Racing +0.515s
9 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Team Toyota GB with Ginsters +0.591s
10 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.595s
11 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.609s
12 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +0.718s
13 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.748s
14 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.818s
15 Jason PLATO (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.859s
16 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.893s
17 Jake HILL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +0.943s
18 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.981s
19 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +1.009s
20 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.117s
21 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +1.132s
22 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1.169s
23 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport +1.241s
24 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +1.252s
25 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Motorbase +11.387s
26 Michael CREES (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +1.490s
27 Mark BLUNDELL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +1.901s
28 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +2.009s
29 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +2.289s
30 Rob SMITH (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport NO TIME