Jason Plato led for most of the session in his MG6 but lost out at the end, this wasn’t being helped by him losing his best lap time during the session for exceeding track limits. Gordon Shedden improved considerably from earlier sessions to snatch third. Initially the session had started on a damp track but Adam Morgan went off at Druids causing the first red flag. By the time the Mercedes was recovered the conditions had improved greatly with the track now almost completely dry.
Rob Collard took fourth place over a second off his team mates best. Sam Tordoff is next up and he is also considerably slower than his team mate Plato. Rob Austin took sixth, returning to the top ten after dropping out of it in the second practice session. His team mate Hunter Abbott wasn’t so successful down in twenty fourth probably not helped by his lack of running earlier.
Mat Jackson took seventh on the grid, the highest the Airwaves team have been today. Eighth was Marc Hynes, his improved form continued to qualifying and he took his best position of his BTCC career so far. Tom Ingram was ninth for Speedworks at the team’s home circuit. Nick Foster completed the top ten to finish what has been a good day for the Ebay Motors team.
It hasn’t been such a good day for Matt Neal, his best time was disallowed for exceeding track limits and this dropped him down to fourteenth. Also having a bad session was Andrew Jordan, he is down in thirteenth and finished outside the top ten for the first time since the Silverstone meeting in 2012.
Jack Clarke went off at druids at the end of the session damaging his car and stopping several drivers on quick laps. One of which was Alain Menu who starts down in fifteenth wondering what might have been. AMD Tuning’s Dave Newsham was nineteenth after finishing higher in the earlier sessions he will be disappointed with that. Ollie Jackson finally got out but only managed three laps and starts last for race one tomorrow. A full grid of thirty one cars is due to start race one tomorrow at 12:17pm. Tickets are still available on the gate despite rumours around the circuit of a sell out. It will of course also be shown as usual on ITV4.
There is an added bonus this weekend of the HSCC Super touring car championship as a support race meaning you can also see touring cars of the past, two of which feature their original drivers; John Cleland and Patrick Watts.
Full times for the session can be found on TSL By Marc Waller