Mat Jackson confirms the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus challenger is once again a force to be reckoned with after setting the pace during the first British Touring Car Championship practice of the weekend at Silverstone.

The Ford Focus ST driver was the only man to dip under the 59 second barrier with a 58.952 second lap but the session was marred when Team BMR's Warren Scott suffered a heavy shunt during the final three minutes of the running, prompting an immediate red flag.

Scott went off at the high speed Copse Corner - inflicting a huge degree of front end damage to his Volkswagen CC - after having just set the third quickest time of the session.

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The Team BMR owner/driver was slowly extracted from his stricken VW by the emergency crew and has since been transferred to the medical centre for further assessment.

As the red flag fell, Power Maxed Racing's Josh Cook held the second quickest time ahead of Scott's CC while Triple Eight's Jack Goff led the MG effort in fourth.

With the Silverstone National configuration representing the second shortest lap of the season, that meant the top-ten was covered by just over two-tenths.

Dave Newsham made it two Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet's to make the top ten in fifth, narrowly shading championship leader Gordon Shedden by 0.012's in sixth.

Colin Turkington and Aron Smith increased the Team BMR presence in seventh and tenth, while Andrew Jordan and Andy Priaulx split the VW's with the eighth and ninth quickest times.