Aron Smith on top for BMR in the second BTCC practice session at Thruxton

Smith fastest (Photo by Marc Waller)BMR’s Aron Smith took the fastest time in the second practice session at Thruxton as Plato only completed a single lap with his car still needing repairs from his first session shunt.


Matt Neal was second fastest in his Honda Civic having seemingly found his usual Thruxton form with some spectacular leaps over the kerbs as he set his time. Jack Goff was another driver attacking the kerbs on his way to third fastest in the MG6. Just behind him was Team mate Andrew Jordan, the two MG drivers beating each other’s times until Goff set his best on lap 8.

Priaulx, the second placed driver in the first session was down in fifth this time but his time was just 0.234 from pole. Turkington was sixth this time but again he was just fractionally (0.259) off the pole time.

Shedden appeared to be taking his turn as the slower Honda driver this time in seventh with Adam Morgan in eighth, keeping up his top ten consistency. Josh Cook was ninth this time, looking quick and in control. He beat his team mate Dave Newsham, who this time was in eleventh. Splitting them was Jeff Smith in the Eurotech Civic, who seemed to be another driver enjoying Thruxton’s kerbs!

His team mate Martin Depper was twelfth. Tordoff was again off the pace in thirteenth but team mate Collard had slipped further back and was behind him in fourteenth. Completing the top fifteen was Aiden Moffat in his Laser Tools racing Mercedes. Infiniti’s new driver Martin Donelley was down in 26th with his team mate Derek Palmer in twenty third.

Neal in second (Photo by Marc Waller) Morgan ever consistent made the top ten again (Photo by Marc Waller) Maybe Newsham was taking too much kerb (Photo by Marc Waller) Martin Donnelly has a steep learning curve (Photo by Marc Waller)

One team that seems to be struggling are fan favourites Excocet Alcosense racing (RAR) who have been off the pace in both sessions. This time they were nineteenth and twenty first for Rob Austin and Hunter Abbott respectively.

Poor Dan Welch had the worst session of all though. He hit a kerb too hard at the final chicance early in the session and was fired off into the wall. The session had to be stopped while Welch’s car was recovered and he was sent to the medical centre for checks.

The weather at Thruxton has so far remained dry with no rain now forecast for qualifying at 4:05pm

Full times are available on TSL timing. By Marc Waller

Andy Priaulx was fifth (Photo by Marc Waller) Cook was fastest Chevrolet (Photo by Marc Waller) Goff in third (Photo by Marc Waller) Jordan in fourth flying over the kerbs (Photo by Marc Waller) Jeff Smith made the top ten (Photo by Marc Waller)


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