Team BMR’s Jason Plato brought his Subaru Levorg home at the top of the time sheets by just 0.007 seconds. Meanwhile, Motorbase’s Andrew Jordan ended his session in the tyre wall which brought out a brief red flag whilst the Ford Focus was recovered. The time that saw Plato finish the session on top was a 52.545 in the stop start session. The track was dry during the session and the British Touring Car Championship drivers were first out onto the Scottish circuit. MG’s Ashley Sutton has been one of the few rookies in the championship showing impressive form during the season, he led the session in the early stages before Tom Ingram topped the timing screens with a lap time of 52.663. Most of the grid were not focusing on lap times during the session as they were aiming to find the perfect set up for the qualifying session and the three races. One driver who was definitely pushing himself and his car to the limits was Adam Morgan in the Mercedes, he was shown a black and white flag for not respecting the track limits but was able to keep his lap times.

Drama was just around the corner when Andrew Jordan’s Pirtek back Ford Focus ended his session in the tyre barriers after suffering a suspension failure. The Focus was seen spearing off the circuit at Clark and looked to be out on control as he crossed the gravel trap. Despite the red flag coming out early in the session, he still managed to finish the session in sixth but did not return to the circuit during the session. Plato was on top of the timing screens when the session stopped with Tom Ingram, Ashley Sutton and Adam Morgan completing the top four as the session got back underway. Some drivers were seen having spins around the circuit during the opening lap but this was due to cold tyres. It did not take too long before the red flags came back out after Aron Smith went off at the same place Andrew Jordan did earlier in the session. The red flag came out with just four minutes of the session remaining.

When the session resumed there were not many more changes that occurred. Plato stayed on top of the times aboard his Subaru Levorg GT with Ingram and Sutton following home to round out the top three. Adam Morgan finished in fourth ahead of Sam Tordoff, who leapt up the times in the last few minutes after being low down in the times for the majority of the session.

Motorbase’s Andrew Jordan finished the opening session in sixth after his earlier off track excursion. Seventh place was Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat. Eighth place was MG’s Josh Cook followed by West Surrey Racing’s Jack Goff in ninth. Tenth place went to Gordon Shedden aboard the Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic followed by Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin in the Toyota Avensis. Twelfth was RCIB Insurance Racing’s Jake Hill, thirteenth was Rob Collard aboard the Team JCT600 with GardX BMW. Colin Turkington finished the opening session in fourteenth. Power Maxed Racing’s Hunter Abbott finished the session in fifteenth with Eurotech Racing’s Jeff Smith finishing in sixteenth.

Seventeenth went to Team BMR’s James Cole followed by Team BKR’s Aron Smith in eighteenth. Nineteenth on the timing screens was Motorbase’s Mat Jackson with Dave Newsham finishing in twentieth aboard the Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze. Team BMR’s Warren Scott finished in twenty-first followed by Eurotech Racing’s Martin Depper. Twenty-third went to Stewart Lines aboard the Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus. Twenty-fourth went to RCIB Insurance Racing’s Michael Caine. Matt Simpson finished the session in twenty-fifth with’s Ollie Jackson in twenty-sixth aboard the Audi S3. Twenty-seventh was RCIB Insurance Racing’s Michael Epps after more struggles around the circuit. Dextra Racing’s Alex Martin took twenty-eighth on the timing screens followed by Team BKR’s Mark Howard. Rounding out the cars on track were Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal in thirtieth and Goodestone Racing’s Daniel Welch in thirty-first.


©Fay Tilley 14th August 2016.