Andrew Jordan takes pole in red-flag and rain riddled session at Croft

Andrew Jordan takes pole in red-flag and rain riddled session at Croft

Andrew Jordan
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In a qualifying session riddled with five red-flag stoppages Andrew Jordan secured pole position for the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Croft – despite the BMW Pirtek driver being the cause of the last stoppage.

Jordan had been the fastest driver in the session even before the first of the stoppages, ultimately going quicker twice in the closing stages of the session to ensure that he remained as the fastest driver despite losing his best lap of 1 minute 21.663 seconds, ultimately taking pole with a time of 1:21.734.

The first of the four red-flags flew after just seven minutes when one of the tyre stacks placed at Sunny In was clipped and ended up in the track, requiring the marshals to retrieve it from the racing line.

Drivers had barely had time to complete an out lap before the red flags then flew again when Motorbase Performance’s Nic Hamilton hit the recticel barrier on the exit of the first chicane, causing extensive front-right damage to his Ford Focus and requiring the disintegrated barrier to be moved to safety.

A third stoppage, after just one out lap, then came when Tom Ingram clipped the reinstated barrier at Sunny In, knocking it into the path of Michael Crees, whose Team HARD Volkswagen subsequently hit head-on.

Once again, no drivers were able to completed a timed lap upon the resumption of the session before AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher lost the rear of his car through the first chicane and speared heavily into the tyre barriers on the outside of the circuit, causing significant damage to his car and ruling the joint championship leader out for the rest of the session.

In the intervening time period, rain began to fall on the North Yorkshire circuit, although the session was able to resume just in time to allow some of the field to improve their times in the five minutes of running before the final red flag stoppage.

That allowed BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley to post the second-best time, 0.148 seconds adrift of Jordan’s pole time, ahead of Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton in third.

BMW’s Colin Turkington was fourth fastest after getting his lap in early on in the session, ahead of WSR team-mate Tom Oliphant in fifth.

Subaru’s Ash Sutton made it four rear-wheel drive cars in the top six, ahead of the second practice pace-setting Honda of Dan Cammish in seventh.

Ollie Jackson was a late improver in the second Motorbase Ford, whilst Team HARD’s Jake Hill and Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato completed the top ten.

The session still had just over five minutes remaining when it was called off after more than 35 minutes under red flag conditions, leaving Jordan – who had caused the final stoppage due to a front-right puncture, on pole as his car was recovered to the pitlane.

The topsy-turvy session produced a number of out-of-position qualifiers, including Matt Neal in just 13th, Tom Ingram in 15th and Sam Tordoff in 26th, with the latter unable to get a clear fast lap in amongst all of the stoppages, compounding AmD’s unlucky session.

Qualifying result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 9 1:21.734 0.000
2 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 8 1:21.882 0.148
3 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 9 1:21.889 0.155
4 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 10 1:21.978 0.244
5 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 10 1:22.072 0.338
6 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 10 1:22.101 0.367
7 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 8 1:22.120 0.386
8 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 7 1:22.138 0.404
9 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 9 1:22.175 0.441
10 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 8 1:22.185 0.451
11 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 10 1:22.490 0.756
12 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:22.547 0.813
13 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 8 1:22.596 0.862
14 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 7 1:22.603 0.869
15 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 7 1:22.621 0.887
16 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 8 1:23.051 1.317
17 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 7 1:23.083 1.349
18 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 8 1:23.187 1.453
19 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:23.196 1.462
20 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 7 1:23.523 1.789
21 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 7 1:23.622 1.888
22 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 8 1:23.845 2.111
23 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 8 1:23.881 2.147
24 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 7 1:23.923 2.189
25 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 7 1:24.075 2.341
26 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 7 1:27.577 5.843
27 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 8 1:30.814 9.080
28 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 7 No time N/A
29 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 3 No time N/A
30 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 2 No time N/A