Brands Hatch BTCC: Tordoff heads Smith in second practice

West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff led the way in second practice in the BTCC season opener at Brands Hatch ahead of Team BKR's Aron Smith.

Laptimes were more representative than they were in FP1, with cars getting up to speed much quicker than the morning session, and Sam Tordoff the first driver to come close to a 48-second lap.

Tordoff and his BMW teammate Jack Goff traded the top spot with Honda duo Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden throughout the majority of the session, before Tom Ingram returned to the top spot he occupied in FP1.

A late session charge from Aron Smith saw the former Team BMR driver, in the former Team BMR car, take the top spot, but the Irishman only held it for a couple of minutes before Tordoff took the top time of 48.132 and to end the session in first position by 0.164s.

Behind Smith, Ingram took third ahead of Shedden, the Ciceley Mercedes of Adam Morgan and Neal.

Motorbase Performance’s FP2 went better than its morning endeavours, with Andrew Jordan in eighth and Mat Jackson in 10th, while the Triple Eight pairing of Ash Sutton and Josh Cook continued to impress with seventh and ninth respectively.

Team BMR continued its development of the Subaru Levorg, with Colin Turkington once again the fastest of the four drivers, ending the session in 19th, but not quite matching his pace in FP1. Jason Plato was three tenths behind Turkington, with Warren Scott and James Cole a further two tenths back.

Mike Epps, who missed the first session with a power steering issue, made his BTCC debut with 25th, one and a half seconds behind Tordoff’s fastest time.

James Charman / TouringCarTimes

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Series BTCC
Event Brands Hatch
Track Brands Hatch
Drivers Sam Tordoff , Aron Taylor-Smith
Article type Practice report