Sam Tordoff scores Silverstone pole ahead of Ricky Collard in tight session

Sam Tordoff scores Silverstone pole ahead of Ricky Collard in tight session

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Team GardX Racing’s Sam Tordoff scored his fifth career pole position in a tight Silverstone qualifying session, in which the top 29 cars were separated by just eight tenths of a second.

Tordoff pipped Ricky Collard to pole by just 0.018s, with the front row starters both setting their times in the first half of the half-hour session.

Tom Chilton made it two Motorbase Fords in the top three with a late effort, and has Jack Goff’s Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R for company on the second row.

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan completed the top five, ahead of triple champion Matt Neal in his Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda.

Fellow Honda racer Matt Simpson qualified seventh, ahead of Mercedes stablemates Aiden Moffat and Adam Morgan, with Brett Smith rounding out the top ten despite recurring issues causing his Honda to stop out on track.

These issues caused a red flag with just over five minutes remaining, and few drivers improved their times once the session restarted.

Mike Bushell’s provisional fifth position time was deleted during the red flag due to an infringement of track limits, after a frantic session for the Kent racer in which he had a high-speed spin at Copse.

Standings leader Colin Turkington struggled to match the pace of his WSR teammates with maximum ballast onboard, but crucially outqualified nearest rival Tom Ingram, with the pair lining up 18th and 19th respectively.

Reigning champion Ash Sutton also struggled in 25th, ahead of Subaru teammate Jason Plato.

Race one of the weekend is set to get underway tomorrow [16th September] at 12:10.

Qualifying result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 23 58.323 0.000
2 55 M Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 24 58.341 0.018
3 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 58.370 0.047
4 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 23 58.401 0.078
5 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 24 58.480 0.157
6 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 21 58.490 0.167
7 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 58.493 0.170
8 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 23 58.500 0.177
9 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 21 58.560 0.237
10 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 18 58.589 0.266
11 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 58.597 0.274
12 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 58.614 0.291
13 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 23 58.623 0.300
14 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 21 58.637 0.314
15 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 21 58.637 0.314
16 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 58.655 0.332
17 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 20 58.678 0.355
18 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 23 58.702 0.379
19 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 19 58.709 0.386
20 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 20 58.717 0.394
21 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 58.730 0.407
22 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 21 58.736 0.413
23 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 18 58.781 0.458
24 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 20 58.793 0.470
25 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 23 58.867 0.544
26 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 25 58.943 0.620
27 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 20 58.952 0.629
28 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 22 59.067 0.744
29 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 20 59.141 0.818
30 54 Josh CAYGILL AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 20 59.609 1.286
31 32 Ethan HAMMERTON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 16 59.844 1.521