It’s Deja Vu at the top as the second BTCC practice session

Plato on top once again (photo by Marc Waller)It was a case of Déjà vu at the front of the BTCC field for practice two here at Donington as all of the top five times were set by the same drivers. Plato again was in front of Shedden, Jordan, Turkington and Smith.


The session also saw another red flag this time it was for a stranded car as Stewart Lines broke down on the entrance to the Craner Curves.

The stand out performance this session came from Mike Bushell who put his AMD tuning Ford Focus into an excellent sixth place. Tom Ingram was next in seventh with Moffat in eighth and Matt Neal closer to his team mate in ninth. Completing the top ten was Jack Goff whose car had been fully repaired. He was trying to make up for the lost track time. Sadly Hunter Abbot, who stewards judged to be the innocent party in the crash, was unable to join the session as repairs to his car continued. There is a slim chance that he will be out for qualifying but otherwise he will have to start from the back of the grid for the first race tomorrow.

This is proving a bad circuit for the rear wheel drive cars which ironically comes a few days after Jason Plato claimed that they still have too much of an advantage. Rob Austin was quickest of the rear wheel drive runners in thirteenth in his Audi. Sam Tordoff was the best of the WSR run BMW’s in fourteenth with Collard and Priaulx back in nineteenth and twentieth. The two Infinitis are back in twenty fifth and twenty seventh. Dan Welch finally managed to get out in his Proton but only managed three laps towards the end of the session.

Qualifying will be interesting, as we will find out if these times are genuine or if anyone has been holding back. If Hunter Abbot’s Audi is repaired in time we will be up to twenty nine cars for the first time this season.

Once again full results are on TSL Timing.   By Marc Waller

Shedden was again fast but wild (photo by Marc Waller) Jordan was the fastest MG (photo by Marc Waller) We saw Dan Welch on track for the first time this season (photo by Marc Waller) Things went better for Goff after his car was repaired (photo by Marc Waller) Priaulx is struggling (photo by Marc Waller) Ingram is consistent (photo by Marc Waller)


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