Matt Simpson claims career-first pole position at Oulton Park

Matt Simpson claims career-first pole position at Oulton Park

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Matt Simpson claimed his maiden pole position in the British Touring Car Championship during qualifying at Oulton Park.

A quickest effort of 1:25.750 seconds put the Simpson Racing driver 0.2 seconds clear of Motorbase’s Sam Tordoff, who along with team-mate Tom Chilton and the WSR-run BMW 1-series of Andrew Jordan was unable to deny the Eurotech Racing driver.

Matt Neal had looked the most likely to challenge Simpson in the closing stages, but could only steer his Honda Civic Type R FK7 to fifth, nearly four tenths adrift.

Simpson’s Eurotech stablemates Jack Goff and Brett Smith came next, meaning all three FK2 models will start in the top eight, a group rounded out by the final Motorbase Ford Focus RS of James Cole.

Colin Turkington’s BMW 1-series stopped on the Avenue but restarted and eventually ended the session ninth, edging out local racer Tom Oliphant in the leading Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class.

His team-mate and championship leader Adam Morgan made it three sessions in a row down in 19th as he combats the effects of flu, but with closest rival Josh Cook behind could still lead the standings after the opening contest tomorrow.

Reigning champion Ash Sutton led the charge for Team BMR’s Subaru outfit in 15th, though Jason Plato could only manage 29th and Josh Price will start last.

For Simpson, however, the result gives him a golden opportunity to better his current career-best result of seventh.

The opening race gets underway at 12:20 tomorrow afternoon [10th June].

Q1 results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:25.750 0.000
2 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 15 1:25.993 0.243
3 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:26.082 0.332
4 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:26.103 0.353
5 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:26.132 0.382
6 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 1:26.183 0.433
7 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 14 1:26.207 0.457
8 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 1:26.214 0.464
9 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:26.264 0.514
10 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:26.296 0.546
11 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 15 1:26.312 0.562
12 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:26.336 0.586
13 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:26.363 0.613
14 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:26.389 0.639
15 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:26.393 0.643
16 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:26.403 0.653
17 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 13 1:26.411 0.661
18 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 13 1:26.571 0.821
19 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:26.602 0.852
20 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 10 1:26.622 0.872
21 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 12 1:26.713 0.963
22 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:26.716 0.966
23 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 13 1:26.748 0.998
24 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 13 1:26.749 0.999
25 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 13 1:26.867 1.117
26 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:26.879 1.129
27 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:26.882 1.132
28 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 15 1:26.947 1.197
29 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:26.972 1.222
30 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 12 1:27.176 1.426
31 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 1:27.419 1.669
32 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 1:28.552 2.802