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Jackson sets early pace at Snetterton

15 March 2011

Mat Jackson has topped the times after a morning of unofficial Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship testing on the new Snetterton 300 circuit.

A number of teams have taken the chance to take part in the day long test, which marks the first time that cars have run with official timing in place – giving an indication of the relative pace of the different team and driver combinations.

After early morning fog, Jackson set the quickest time at lunch with a lap of 1m 59.233s, putting him just ahead of the Honda of Matt Neal as the Team Dynamics-run outfit sets about putting the first meaningful mileage on its NGTC-powered Civic after a shakedown at Brands Hatch last week.

Andrew Jordan was third quickest in his Vauxhall Vectra with Paul O'Neill fourth as Tech-Speed continues to test last years Chevrolet Cruze, while Rob Collard and Tom Chilton rounded out the top six – the latter once again at the wheel of the new 'Global' Ford Focus.

Liam Griffin and Nick Foster completed the eight drivers on track during the morning, with the likes of John George, Gordon Shedden and Jeff Smith expected to venture onto the circuit this afternoon.

Snetterton 300 test times: 15 March – AM:

1. Mat Jackson Airwaves Racing Ford Focus 1m 59.233s
2. Matt Neal Honda Racing Honda Civic 1m 59.374s
3. Andrew Jordan Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra 1m 59.984s
4. Paul O'Neill Tech-Speed Chevrolet Cruze 2m 00.079s
5. Rob Collard West Surrey Racing BMW 320si 2m 00.510s
6. Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus 2m 01.043s
7. Liam Griffin Airwaves Racing Ford Focus 2m 02.050s
8. Nick Foster West Surrey Racing BMW 320si 2m 02.409s


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