Rockingham: Jordan tops truncated first Rockingham practice

Andrew Jordan and Motorbase Performance set the early pace during a truncated first 40 minutes of running at Rockingham.
Motorbase Performance's Andrew Jordan has emerged from a red-flag interrupted first British Touring Car Championship practice session quickest of all ahead of Speedwork Motorsport's Tom Ingram at Rockingham.

During the preliminary 40 minute running, the red flag was brought out on no lesser than three occasions, the last of which was triggered by championship leader Sam Tordoff beaching his West Surrey Racing BMW into the gravel trap at Tarzan Corner.

That meant Tordoff could fare no better than 30th while Jordan - who had been a feature towards the top for much of the representative running - set the pace with a 1 minute 23.045 second lap.

In keeping with the Toyota Avensis' ever consistent run of form, Ingram was just 0.059s back from the 2013 BTCC champion in second.

This time last year proved a breakthrough in the BTCC career of Ingram, who almost pulled off a famous win after an enthralling race-long battle with Jason Plato.

In truth, the top four could only be separated by less than 0.2s with WIX Racing's Adam Morgan and MG's Josh Cook completing the remainder of that order.

Mat Jackson was fifth fastest in the second Motorbase Ford, narrowly ahead of reigning champion Gordon Shedden in sixth and Triple Eight Racing's Ashley Sutton in seventh.

Double champion Colin Turkington proved the quickest of the quartet of Subaru Levorgs in eighth position while Team BKR's Aron Smith was ninth ahead of title protagonist Matt Neal, who completed the top-ten.

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Andrew Jordan (GBR) Pirtek Racing Motorbase Performance Ford Focus
BMW returns to the BTCC with WSR
Ashley Sutton - Subaru Team BMR [pic credit BTCC]
Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, [Credit: BTCC media]
Matt Simpson, Team Dynamics, [Credit: BTCC Media]
Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport [Credit: Handy Motorsport]
Andrew Jordan, WSR Pirtek BMW [Credit:Jakob Ebrey]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing [Credit: Halfords Yuasa]
Ant Whorton-Eales,, BTCC [Credit:]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Senna Proctor, Power Maxed Racing, BTCC [Credit: BTCC media]

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