Mat Jackson claimed his first outright British Touring Car Championship pole position with Motorbase Performance at Rockingham, ahead of Aron Smith and Gordon Shedden.
Jackson’s pole was also his Motorbase team’s first since joining the championship, as he romped to a lap record in his Ford Focus.
Times quickly tumbled in the early stages as the drivers flooded the track, with Jason Plato setting the initial pace on a 1:22.739s. Jackson then improved on that in his Ford Focus, before Tom Ingram jumped into provisional pole with a 1:22.553s.
Plato was the first man to dip under the second practice benchmark but Ingram was never far behind, first improving to within 0.008s of the championship leader before setting the pace for a second time.
That was quickly bettered by Jack Goff, who was the first man to better the existing qualifying record, who was quickly beaten by Aron Smith, before Jackson delivered his pole lap – a 1:22.087s.
There was a scare for Jackson after a red flag towards the end of the session threatened to rob him of pole for a second successive race weekend, but with Shedden only improving to third on his final lap Jackson secured his first pole in six years.
Despite being unable to hang onto a front row start, Goff nevertheless scored a best qualifying position in the championship to date, in front of an impressive Ingram.
Race One gets underway at 11:37 BST on Sunday.
|1||4||Mat JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus||16||1:22.087|
|2||40||Árón SMITH||Team BMR||Volkswagen CC||17||1:22.137||0.050|
|3||52||M||Gordon SHEDDEN||Honda Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||16||1:22.300||0.213|
|4||31||M||Jack GOFF||MG 888 Racing||MG 6GT||16||1:22.303||0.216|
|5||80||Tom INGRAM||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||17||1:22.395||0.308|
|6||99||Jason PLATO||Team BMR||Volkswagen CC||17||1:22.426||0.339|
|7||25||M||Matt NEAL||Honda Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14||1:22.448||0.361|
|8||16||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes Benz A-Class||18||1:22.473||0.386|
|9||1||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMR||Volkswagen CC||16||1:22.491||0.404|
|10||77||M||Andrew JORDAN||MG 888 Racing||MG 6GT||11||1:22.506||0.419|
|11||7||C||Sam TORDOFF||Team JCT600 with GardX||BMW 125i M Sport||17||1:22.541||0.454|
|12||66||Josh COOK||Power Maxed Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||16||1:22.667||0.580|
|13||101||Rob AUSTIN||Exocet AlcoSense||Audi A4||17||1:22.723||0.636|
|14||44||James COLE||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus||17||1:22.731||0.644|
|15||39||Warren SCOTT||Team BMR||Volkswagen CC||17||1:22.744||0.657|
|16||17||Dave NEWSHAM||Power Maxed Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||16||1:22.779||0.692|
|17||6||C||Rob COLLARD||Team JCT600 with GardX||BMW 125i M Sport||18||1:22.784||0.697|
|18||54||Hunter ABBOTT||Exocet AlcoSense||Audi A4||17||1:22.796||0.709|
|19||33||Adam MORGAN||WIX Racing||Mercedes Benz A-Class||18||1:22.842||0.755|
|20||8||C||Nick FOSTER||Team IHG Rewards Club||BMW 125i M Sport||18||1:23.187||1.100|
|21||30||Martin DEPPER||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic||17||1:23.224||1.137|
|22||55||Jeff SMITH||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic||14||1:23.531||1.444|
|23||21||Mike BUSHELL||AmD Tuning.com||Ford Focus||12||1:23.652||1.565|
|24||67||Robb HOLLAND||Handy Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||14||1:24.354||2.267|
|25||28||G||Nic HAMILTON||AmD Tuning.com||Audi S3||15||1:24.403||2.316|
|26||14||Alex MARTIN||Dextra Racing||Ford Focus||16||1:24.549||2.462|
|27||22||Derek PALMER Jr||Support Our Paras Racing||Infiniti Q50||13||1:24.565||2.478|
|28||23||Kieran GALLAGHER||RCIB Insurance Racing||Toyota Avensis||17||1:24.877||2.790|
|29||95||Stewart LINES||Houseman Racing||Toyota Avensis||17||1:24.882||2.795|
|30||13||Dan WELCH||Welch Motorsport||Proton Gen-2||13||1:25.368||3.281|