Matt Neal takes second consecutive pole in Oulton Park qualifying

Matt Neal takes second consecutive pole in Oulton Park qualifying

Matt Neal
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Honda’s Matt Neal took his second consecutive pole position in British Touring Car Championship qualifying at Oulton Park, ahead of BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan and Ciceley Motorsport’s Aiden Moffat.

Having taken pole at the previous meeting at Thruxton, Neal added to his tally on a dry Oulton Park circuit, taking pole by a comfortable 0.126 seconds ahead of Jordan.

Jordan’s second also marks an improvement in qualifying form, with the result being the Pirtek Racing driver’s best qualifying results since Thruxton in 2014.

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington had been down in 21st with just under five minutes to go, when the red flags came out when Matt Simpson spun into the barriers on the exit of Druids.

A ten minute delay ensured and when the session resumed the BMW driver was able to improve to go fourth after two consecutive improvements in the closing minutes.

The second works Honda of Gordon Shedden was fifth after improving just before the red flags flew, ahead of the leading Subaru of Ash Sutton in sixth.

Motorbase Performance’s Mat Jackson enjoyed his best qualifying result of the season in seventh, ahead of Maximum Motorsport’s Josh Cook in eighth, who cracked the top ten for the first time this season.

The second Team BMW car of Rob Collard and Power Maxed Racing’s Senna Proctor completed the top ten, the latter having been one of a handful of drivers to improve following the stoppage although he later had his time removed (see below).

Championship leader Tom Ingram missed out on the top ten for the first time this year, putting his Speedworks Toyota in 12th for the first race, just behind the Team HARD Volkswagen of Jake Hill.

Subaru’s Jason Plato continued to struggle for pace in his Levorg, as he qualified in 18th and continued to struggle to break into the top ten.

Árón Taylor-Smith was the leading MG driver in 19th, whilst team-mate Dan Lloyd could only manage 26th.

In total 22 drivers were covered by less than a second in a close and competitive qualifying session.

Martin Depper will start race one from the back of the grid, the Motorbase driver having crashed into the barriers along The Avenue after the session resumed.

Following qualifying, six drivers (Tom Chilton, Senna Proctor, Daniel Lloyd, Adam Morgan, Arón Taylor-Smith and Luke Davenport) had their best lap times removed for not slowing under the yellow flags for Depper’s accident. The biggest loser from the decision was Proctor, who dropped from tenth to 16th.

Sutton and Dave Newsham (26th) also lost a best time during the session for track limits infringements.

Original qualifying times

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:26.151
2 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:26.277 0.126
3 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:26.400 0.249
4 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:26.609 0.458
5 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:26.612 0.461
6 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:26.662 0.511
7 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 14 1:26.700 0.549
8 66 Josh COOK Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 13 1:26.722 0.571
9 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:26.738 0.587
10 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:26.766 0.615
11 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 13 1:26.801 0.650
12 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 13 1:26.819 0.668
13 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:26.840 0.689
14 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 15 1:26.879 0.728
15 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 1:26.942 0.791
16 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:26.954 0.803
17 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:26.963 0.812
18 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:26.974 0.823
19 40 M Árón SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 12 1:27.042 0.891
20 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:27.045 0.894
21 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 14 1:27.131 0.980
22 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 13 1:27.141 0.990
23 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:27.153 1.002
24 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 14 1:27.156 1.005
25 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 14 1:27.168 1.017
26 23 M Daniel LLOYD MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 13 1:27.260 1.109
27 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 1:27.307 1.156
28 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 14 1:27.393 1.242
29 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 13 1:27.439 1.288
30 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 6 1:27.602 1.451
31 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 11 1:27.820 1.669
32 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 12 1:27.948 1.797

Complete session results