Brett Smith heads Honda quintet for maiden pole position

Brett Smith heads Honda quintet for maiden pole position

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Eurotech Racing’s Brett Smith claimed a maiden pole position at the British Touring Car Championship’s season finale at Brands Hatch.

His best lap of 1:30.537, set on his second run, proved enough to eclipse Team Dynamics racer and early pace-setter Dan Cammish by 0.043 seconds, with a late red flag for Rory Butcher’s crashed MG on the exit of Westfield aborting the final flying laps of the session.

Honda’s supremacy on the 2.4 mile Grand Prix loop was underlined with Civic Type R machinery – both FK2 and FK8 – occupying the top five positions.

Smith and Cammish’s team mates Matt Neal and Jack Goff took third and fourth respectively, with Daniel Lloyd rounding out the top five for BTC Norlin Racing.

Title contenders Colin Turkington and Tom Ingram struggled with heavy quotas of success ballast on board to 17th and 19th respectively, the latter 34 points clear going into tomorrow’s season-closing triple header.

Senna Proctor and Sam Tordoff were split by the best part of a tenth of a second as the leading Power Maxed and Motorbase cars, the pair aiming to add to their respective win tallies before the end of the campaign.

Smiley eventually wound up eighth after having a lap time disallowed for track limits, with Aiden Moffat ninth.

Outgoing Champion Ash Sutton put his Team BMR-run Subaru Levorg into tenth after a re-build of the front end following a heavy crash and brake failure at Paddock Hill Bend during second practice.

Team-mate Jason Plato was 13th behind BMW duo Ricky Collard and Andrew Jordan, with Rob Austin and the final title contender Tom Chilton rounding out the top fifteen.

The opening race of the weekend gets underway at 11:35 BST tomorrow [30th September].

Qualifying result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 14 1:30.537 0.000
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:30.580 0.043
3 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:30.725 0.188
4 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 1:30.773 0.236
5 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:30.775 0.238
6 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 13 1:30.847 0.310
7 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 16 1:30.886 0.349
8 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:30.895 0.358
9 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 1:30.915 0.378
10 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 1:30.919 0.382
11 55 M Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:30.978 0.441
12 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:30.999 0.462
13 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 1:31.111 0.574
14 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 14 1:31.123 0.586
15 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 1:31.125 0.588
16 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:31.140 0.603
17 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:31.164 0.627
18 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 14 1:31.169 0.632
19 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 13 1:31.224 0.687
20 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 1:31.302 0.765
21 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 13 1:31.308 0.771
22 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 13 1:31.349 0.812
23 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:31.393 0.856
24 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:31.464 0.927
25 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 13 1:31.702 1.165
26 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:31.755 1.218
27 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 12 1:31.807 1.270
28 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 14 1:32.060 1.523
29 32 Ethan HAMMERTON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 12 1:32.255 1.718
30 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 14 1:32.531 1.994
31 54 Josh CAYGILL AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 14 1:33.294 2.757