Team BMR's Jason Plato has maintained his practice stranglehold at Oulton Park as the rest of the British Touring Car Championship field begin to close in on the double champion.

The 90-time race winner was, once again, the only driver to dip under the 1 minute 26 barrier but by a smaller margin as MG's Andrew Jordan clawed to within three-tenths of Plato's benchmark.

A mid-session red flag temporarily disrupted the running, meaning the times set during FP2 weren't quite as quick as the morning effort's yielded.

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Nevertheless, just as Plato's outstanding start to the weekend will have caught the field's attention, Jordan's pace - straight of the box - will have given Triple Eight a renewed sense of optimism following a year which has been plagued with set up troubles.

While Plato's time pushed the Volkswagen driver three-tenths clear ahead of the rest of the pack, just four-tenths could separate the times from second to twelfth.

Jordan led that charge ahead of West Surrey Racing's Andy Priaulx in third, who once again, comfortably, found himself as the top BMW runner.

Another strong showing from Tom Ingram placed the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis in fourth ahead of the sister MG of Jack Goff in fifth.

Like in FP1, Colin Turkington and Aron Smith ended FP2 nose-to-tail as both of their efforts landed within three-hundredths of each other.

The two BMR Volkswagen CC's were closely followed by Honda's Matt Neal while Mercedes' Adam Morgan split the two Civic Type-R's ahead of championship leader Gordon Shedden in ninth.