Sam Tordoff led an MG 1-2 on the opening day of a two-day Dunlop tyre test for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship regulars at Snetterton.
With rivals Honda missing the test in favour of a test later this month, Tordoff took full advantage to put his MG6 GT on top of the times in both the morning and afternoon session in sweltering weather conditions.
The youngster would lap below Frank Wrathall's qualifying lap record with a best time of 1min 57.534secs during the morning running, which left him just under three-tenths of a second clear of experienced team-mate Jason Plato.
“It has been a really good day,” Tordoff – who set his best time on Dunlop's soft compound tyre – said. “We've worked through our programme and completed so many laps. Days like this are invaluable to me – as a rookie I haven't had a full test day so I really enjoyed it.
“It's always great to see your name at the top of the timesheets and in terms of productivity this has been one of my best days ever in motor sport. Hopefully my lap time can send a bit of a message out for when we come back here to race in August. I love this track – it's one of my favourites – but more importantly we now feel that we know how to work the soft tyre as a team.”
Behind the MG pair, Andrew Jordan
was third fastest, with his best time being a tad shy of eight tenths of a second slower than Tordoff's benchmark.
Unlike the pair ahead, Jordan posted his best time on the regular medium compound rubber as did Nick Tandy in fourth, as the Porsche factory driver enjoyed his second outing in the Addison Lee Motorbase Ford Focus that debuted in the series at Croft prior to the summer break.
Tandy was at the sharp end of the times in both sessions and ended up fourth quickest by virtue of his afternoon time and was notably quicker than both Airwaves Racing drivers as Mat Jackson
and Aron Smith ended the day down in 14th and 15th. Smith completed five laps in Tandy's car during the afternoon.
“I am a racing driver and I love racing so I am always delighted to get the opportunity to jump into a car,” Tandy admitted. “It's obviously very different from what I am used to but in many ways that might be a good thing, as I can hopefully help the team with a fresh pair of eyes. I have just been chipping away little by little and we've definitely made progress. If my sportscar commitments don't clash and the opportunity arises then I'd love to race in the BTCC at some point this season.”