Jordan sets Rockingham pace Andrew Jordan set the pace in today's official Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship test at Rockingham by 1000th of a second from Jason Plato. Jordan set the pace in this morning's session with a lap in ...
Jordan sets Rockingham pace
Andrew Jordan set the pace in today's official Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship test at Rockingham by 1000th of a second from Jason Plato.
Jordan set the pace in this morning's session with a lap in 1m23.886s in his Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra that is powered by TOCA's turbocharged NGTC engine.
Joint championship leader Plato was then fastest in this afternoon's session in his Silverline Chevrolet Cruze with a lap in 1m23.887s to just miss out on the top spot.
James Nash in his Triple Eight Race Engineering Vauxhall Vectra was third fastest overall, thanks to his morning time of 1m23.957s -- the last driver to break the 1m24s barrier.
Jordan, who celebrated his 21st birthday last week, told btcc.net: "We came here with some set-up tweaks in mind, stuff we've never tried before, and they've transformed the car. The handling is phenomenal through the mid-high speed corners -- we've got rid of the understeer on turn-in -- and that bodes well for the BTCC's next round at Oulton Park as there are some similar sections there. The changes we've made also make the car kinder on its tyres. I'm delighted with today."
Matt Neal, who is tied on points at the top of the championship with Plato, was fourth in his Honda Racing Team Honda Civic with his morning time of 1m24.050s. Neal's Team Dynamics-prepared Civic was also shared during the day by team-mate Gordon Shedden and James Thompson, the former double BTCC Champion who won three races for Dynamics in 2009's BTCC helping with development work on the car. They were eighth and ninth fastest respectively.
A hugely impressive seventh fastest in his first drive in a BTCC car was 18-year-old Daniel Lloyd. The Huddersfield youngster was given a chance in Triple Eight's second Vectra and wound up just 0.375s off the ultimate pace. He said: "To drive one of these cars is fantastic and the level of professionalism is on another planet. I thought I'd be six or seven tenths off the pace when I got a set of new tyres but the time just came to me. I'd love to race in the championship, even more so now I've shown I can be on the pace."
Elsewhere, fellow 18-year-old Alex MacDowall continued the impressive form he has been displaying in his debut BTCC season with the fifth fastest time in Silverline's second Cruze. Tom Chilton and Tom Onslow-Cole, the dominant pair at Brands Hatch three weeks ago, were this time sixth and tenth in their Team Aon Ford Focuses. Notably, both tried practice starts at the pit lane exit shortly before the end of the day...
Paul O'Neill set the 11th fastest time as he jumped between his and team-mate John George's Sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Honda Integras. David Pinkney in his team's NGTC Vectra was 12th. Forster Motorsport duo Arthur Forster and Martin Depper were 14th and 15th and clearly making progress with their BMWs. Forster was able to get under the 1m26s marker and Depper was not far behind, although did cause a brief stoppage when he span his car into the gravel trap exiting Gracelands.