Adam Morgan claims maiden pole position at Rockingham

Adam Morgan claims maiden pole position at Rockingham

Photo: Ebrey/BTCC

Adam Morgan has claimed his maiden pole position in the British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham after denying Sam Tordoff with a late effort.

The Ciceley Motorsport racer put in a late effort of 1:22.835 seconds around the 1.94 mile circuit in the Mercedes A-Class, edging out Tordoff’s Ford Focus RS by 0.102s.

Dan Cammish translated his pace in second free practice into a second row grid slot with third in the Honda Civic Type R, with a speechless Mike Bushell a surprise fourth for Team HARD in the Volkswagen CC alongside.

Croft race winner Dan Lloyd leads BTC Norlin Racing’s charge in fifth ahead – making it five different marques in the top five positions – with team mate Chris Smiley alongside.

Tom Chilton could make up crucial ground in the standings from seventh with the majority of his fellow contenders behind and has Brett Smith for company on the fourth row.

Team BMR put in an improved showing with their Subaru Levorg pairing; Jason Plato out-qualifying Ash Sutton on this occasion as the pair line up ninth and tenth respectively.

Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington will both be sure-fire contenders later in the weekend after losing success ballast and start from the sixth row.

For Turkington, the significance is starting ahead of championship leader Tom Ingram as the Northern Irishman looks to close the points gap.

Sam Smelt put in his best-yet showing of 16th for AmD, whilst a host of regular suspects behind struggled for pace.

Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook could only muster 21st, Jack Goff 23rd and ‘Diamond Double’ race winner Matt Neal 29th.

Newcomer Ricky Collard did well given his 45 kilograms of ballast for entering the series late, and will start 26th in place of his father Rob.

The opening race of the weekend gets underway at 11:35 BST tomorrow.

Qualifying result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 1:22.835 0.000
2 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 15 1:22.937 0.102
3 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:23.086 0.251
4 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 14 1:23.163 0.328
5 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:23.215 0.380
6 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:23.221 0.386
7 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:23.252 0.417
8 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 1:23.263 0.428
9 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:23.274 0.439
10 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:23.283 0.448
11 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:23.319 0.484
12 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:23.321 0.486
13 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 12 1:23.346 0.511
14 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:23.347 0.512
15 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:23.350 0.515
16 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 12 1:23.356 0.521
17 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:23.377 0.542
18 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 10 1:23.475 0.640
19 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 13 1:23.491 0.656
20 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 1:23.532 0.697
21 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:23.569 0.734
22 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:23.593 0.758
23 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 16 1:23.614 0.779
24 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16 1:23.629 0.794
25 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:23.671 0.836
26 55 M Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:23.784 0.949
27 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 14 1:23.789 0.954
28 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:23.823 0.988
29 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:23.870 1.035
30 41 Glynn GEDDIE AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 1:24.619 1.784
31 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 15 1:24.793 1.958