Neal leads afternoon practice at Thruxton
30 April 2011 – Honda Racing driver Matt Neal moved to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session of the day at Thruxton, edging out morning pace-setter Tom Chilton. The former double Champion set his personal best time of 1:18.154 on his seventh of 17 laps, almost four tenths quicker than the fastest time this morning. Jeff Smith was third for Eurotech Racing, less than half a tenth behind Chilton.
Conditions remained much the same in the early afternoon at Thruxton, as the field continued to prepare for the all-important qualifying session which will determine the Race 1 grid. Jason Plato was one of the men to improve significantly on his time from this morning, posting a 1:18.395 to narrowly lead Andrew Jordan.
Gordon Shedden settled for sixth over five tenths behind team-mate Neal, with Tom Boardman just behind, four places lower in comparison to first practice. The second Team Aon car was next on the timing screens, as Andy Neate managed to pop up to eighth on one of his final efforts. Tom Onslow-Cole continued to show promise for AmD Miltek Racing, while James Nash completed the top ten.
Saturday’s qualifying session begins at 3:10pm local time (BST)