Sutton leads Plato in Team BMR front row lock out at Croft

Sutton leads Plato in Team BMR front row lock out at Croft

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Team BMR locked out the front row in qualifying for tomorrow’s British Touring Car Championship triple-header at Croft, with reigning Champion Ash Sutton on pole position.

Team-mate Jason Plato will line up alongside, 0.156 seconds adrift, in a remarkable turn of fortunes for the Buntingford-based outfit.

Andrew Jordan re-inforced the WSR-run BMW’s strong track record at the 2.1 mile Yorkshire circuit in third, a further 0.017s off Plato.

Sam Tordoff will look to bounce back from a frustrating Oulton Park outing from fourth in the Motorbase Ford Focus RS, whilst Tom Ingram in fifth is the highest placed of the current crop of championship contenders.

The other two works BMWs of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard came next, despite a spin for the latter at the Complex, whilst the privateer 1-series of Stephen Jelley put in a notably strong showing for eighth.

Josh Cook’s Vauxhall Astra was ninth ahead of Rob Austin’s Alfa Romeo in a top ten split by just seven tenths of a second.

Eleventh is Dan Lloyd’s best showing since making his BTCC return, with the BTC Norlin racer no longer forced to carry around 45 kilograms of success ballast for entering the championship late.

Team Dynamics struggled, with Matt Neal 15th and Dan Cammish down in 19th, whilst the Ciceley Mercedes trio also had a difficult day at the office, with Tom Oliphant quickest in 17th ahead of Morgan (21st) and Moffat (23rd).

After qualifying, Rob Austin, Aiden Moffat, Josh Price and Matt Simpson had lap times disallowed for exceeding track limits.

The opening race of the weekend gets underway at 12:05 BST tomorrow [24th June].

Qualifying results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:24.222 0.000
2 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 1:24.378 0.156
3 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:24.395 0.173
4 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 14 1:24.425 0.203
5 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 9 1:24.644 0.422
6 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:24.672 0.450
7 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:24.698 0.476
8 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 12 1:24.891 0.669
9 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 11 1:24.893 0.671
10 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 15 1:24.956 0.734
11 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:25.026 0.804
12 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 1:25.070 0.848
13 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 10 1:25.082 0.860
14 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 1:25.104 0.882
15 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:25.142 0.920
16 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 13 1:25.205 0.983
17 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 13 1:25.209 0.987
18 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:25.258 1.036
19 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 12 1:25.261 1.039
20 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:25.299 1.077
21 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 10 1:25.318 1.096
22 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:25.320 1.098
23 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:25.387 1.165
24 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:25.440 1.218
25 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 13 1:25.495 1.273
26 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 1:25.496 1.274
27 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:25.617 1.395
28 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 14 1:25.687 1.465
29 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 12 1:25.700 1.478
30 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 11 1:25.974 1.752
31 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 11 1:26.292 2.070
32 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 1:26.318 2.096