Jason Plato tops Media Day times

Jason Plato set the fastest time at today’s British Touring Car media day. It was the first opportunity for the teams to all come together and they took the opportunity to test their cars around the Donington Park circuit.

A 32 car grid was confirmed for the 2015 season as the championship embarks on its second year of full NGTC regulations. Not all drivers will appear at the start of the season, however. Nicolas Hamilton is set to make his debut – albeit as a guest competitor and therefore not eligible for points – at Croft while Motorbase have chosen to sit out the first half of the season as well. They will make their debut at Croft with Mat Jackson and James Cole.

Over the winter season there have been a number of driver moves. Reigning champion Colin Turkington has made the move to Team BMR along with Jason Plato. Andrew Jordan has moved from the family run Eurotech team to MG 888, being joined by Jack Goff. Sam Tordoff has made the move from MG to WSR – racing under the Team JCT600 with GardX banner – alongside existing driver Rob Collard. Returnee Andy Priaulx will also race for the team under the banner Team IHG Rewards Club. WSR will be entered in the championship as a manufacturer/constructor. Elsewhere there is stability with Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden remaining at Honda Yuasa Racing, with the team only recently confirming they will be racing a Honda Civic Type R.

There are a few changes to the rules for this year. They include an increase in success ballast. This will be applied to drivers in the first and second races in the following amounts:

  • 1st – 75kgs
  • 2nd – 66kgs
  • 3rd – 57kgs
  • 4th – 48kgs
  • 5th – 39kgs
  • 6th – 33 kgs
  • 7th – 27kgs
  • 8th – 21kgs
  • 9th – 15kgs
  • 10th – 9 kgs

Another change will see the Race 2 grid decided by fastest laps in Race 1. Previously the grid order for the second race had been decided by finishing positions. Now it will be determined by each drivers fastest lap in Race 1. If a driver changes one or more tyres of the same type, then any quicker lap time after the tyre change will not be counted. If more than one driver sets the same lap time then whoever set the time first will go ahead on the grid. Only drivers who finish the race will be placed in accordance to their fastest lap while drivers who fail to finish will be lined up after all the finishers. Another change will see rookies – of which there are eight – competing for the Jack Sears Trophy.

Times in testing were close as Plato just edged his new team-mate by six thousandths of a second. The times were as follows:

  1. Jason Plato – 1:10.249 – 45 laps
  2. Colin Turkington – 1:10.255 – 62 laps
  3. Aiden Moffat – 1:10.300 – 40 laps
  4. Adam Morgan – 1:10.304 – 52 laps
  5. Jack Goff – 1:10.380 – 65 laps
  6. Andrew Jordan – 1:10.625 – 54 laps
  7. Hunter Abbott – 1:10.794 – 62 laps
  8. Warren Scott – 1:10.829 – 68 laps
  9. Martin Depper – 1:10.928 – 60 laps
  10. Sam Tordoff – 1:10.985 – 58 laps
  11. Dave Newsham – 1:11.099 – 53 laps
  12. Matt Neal – 1:11.135 – 35 laps
  13. Jeff Smith – 1:11.252 – 52 laps
  14. Rob Austin – 1:11.260 – 40 laps
  15. Josh Cook – 1:11.289 – 32 laps
  16. Rob Collard – 1:11.391 – 55 laps
  17. Mike Bushell – 1:11.523 – 44 laps
  18. Gordon Shedden – 1:11.796 – 11 laps
  19. Alex Martin – 1:12.308 – 41 laps
  20. Simon Belcher – 1:12.726 – 51 laps
  21. Andy Priaulx – 1:14.190 – 22 laps
  22. Stewart Lines – 1:15.718 – 53 laps
  23. Andy Wilmot – 1:16.040 – 19 laps
  24. Tom Ingram – 1:21.949 – 3 laps
  25. Aron Smith – 1:22.029 – 3 laps

The season kicks off on Easter weekend (4th & 5th April) on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

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