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Brands Hatch - Free practice (1)

30 March 2013

Jason Plato leads the way for MG in bitterly cold conditions as practice for the BTCC season opener at Brands Hatch gets underway.

The MG mans heads a trio of Honda racers, with Gordon Shedden, Andrew Jordan and Jeff Smith following behind.

The session sees the on-track debut for the Team HARD. VW Passat CC in the hands of Tom Onslow-Cole, while team-mates Jack Goff and James Cole also hit the circuit in the their Vauxhall Insignias after the team wins its race against time to get the cars ready for the first round.

eBay Motors also runs its third car in anger for the first time after Rob Collard's shakedown run earlier in the week.

Amongst the Jack Sears Trophy entrants, Joe Girling is quickest in his Chevrolet.

Dave Newsham and David Nye are amongst those to hit issues; the former losing coolant in his Toyota and the latter suffering an electrical fire in his Ford Focus.

1. Jason Plato MG KX Momentum Racing MG6 GT 48.510secs
2. Gordon Shedden Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic 48.665secs
3. Andrew Jordan Pirtek Racing Honda Civic 48.725secs
4. Jeff Smith Pirtek Racing Honda Civic 48.762secs
5. Colin Turkington eBay Motors BMW 125i M-Sport 48.978secs
6. Matt Neal Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic 49.156secs
7. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota Avensis 49.170secs
8. Rob Austin Wix Racing Audi A4 49.452secs
9. Rob Collard eBay Motors BMW 125i M-Sport 49.469secs
10. Dave Newsham Speedworks Toyota Avensis 49.489secs
11. Nick Foster eBay Motors BMW 125i M-Sport 49.549secs
12. Aron Smith Airwaves Racing Ford Focus 49.566secs
13. Dan Welch Welch Automotive Proton Gen-2 49.624secs
14. Mat Jackson Airwaves Racing Ford Focus 49.686secs
15. Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Toyota Avensis 49.712secs
16. Sam Tordoff MG KX Momentum Racing MG6 GT 49.725secs
17. Ollie Jackson Speedworks Toyota Avensis 49.784secs
18. Joe Girling M247 Racing Chevrolet Cruze 51.253secs S
19. Warren Scott BMR Restart SEAT Leon 51.402secs S
20. Jack Goff RCIB Insurance Racing Vauxhall Insignia 54.777secs
21. James Cole RCIB Insurance Racing Vauxhall Insignia 54.860secs
22. Lea Wood Wheel Heaven/Houseman Racing Vauxhall Vectra 54.901secs S
23. Liam Griffin Addison Lee Motorbase Ford Focus 57.737secs S
24. Tom Onslow-Cole PPCGB.com/Kraftwerk Racing Volkswagen CC 58.393secs
25. Will Bratt Wix Racing Audi A4 1min 00.541secs
26. James Kaye AmDTuning.com Volkswagen Golf No time S
27. David Nye Welch Automotive Ford Focus No time S

S denotes S2000 car in the Jack Sears Trophy