Colin Turkington secures impressive Oulton Park pole despite maximum ballast

Reigning British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington again proved to be the man to beat after securing pole position at Oulton Park by just under three hundredths from Sam Tordoff despite carrying maximum ballast.

The Northern Irishman, who currently leads the standings, set a blistering time of 1:25.825 in the first third of the session, becoming the first man to dip under the 1:26 mark before Tordoff challenged later on.

Practice two pacesetter Dan Cammish could not convert that form to pole, eventually qualifying just over two tenths adrift of Turkington’s benchmark to head the second row.

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Turkington’s WSR stablemate Andrew Jordan bounced back to qualify fourth after he endured a difficult second practice in which he required repairs to the front end of his BMW after a spin and contact with Matt Simpson’s Honda.

Tordoff’s team-mate Rory Butcher completed the top five with  Matt Neal’s new FK8 Honda Civic for company on the third row, while Tom Oliphant was seventh in the third WSR-run BMW 3 Series, making it three BMWs in the top seven amongst four Hondas.

In eighth position was double champion Jason Plato in his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra, just over five tenths off the overall pace.

Tom Ingram placed ninth in his new-for-2019 Toyota Corolla, but seemed to struggle with oversteer and was forced to pit after a grassy moment on the exit of Cascades.

Jake Hill continued his strong form to round out the top ten in his AmD Tuning Audi S3, but looked as though he was held up on multiple occasions in traffic throughout the half-hour session.

Notably, BTC Racing’s Josh Cook – who currently occupies second in the championship standings – languished down the order in 22nd.

Cook’s team-mate Chris Smiley managed 11th, ahead of Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan as the best of the Mercedes runners.

Motorbase Performance’s Ollie Jackson managed 13th position in his Ford Focus RS, ahead of 2017 champion Ash Sutton who seemingly continued his struggles at the Cheshire circuit.

Jackson’s Motorbase stablemate Tom Chilton rounded out the top 15.

The opening race of the British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park is scheduled to get underway tomorrow [30 June] at 12:20 BST.

Qualifying result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 1:25.825 0.000
2 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 14 1:25.852 0.027
3 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:26.064 0.239
4 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 15 1:26.111 0.286
5 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 13 1:26.215 0.390
6 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:26.242 0.417
7 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 1:26.318 0.493
8 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:26.391 0.566
9 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 13 1:26.449 0.624
10 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 14 1:26.484 0.659
11 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:26.520 0.695
12 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:26.542 0.717
13 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:26.558 0.733
14 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 1:26.581 0.756
15 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 1:26.612 0.787
16 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 13 1:26.728 0.903
17 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:26.753 0.928
18 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:26.867 1.042
19 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 12 1:26.881 1.056
20 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 1:26.882 1.057
21 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 10 1:26.999 1.174
22 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:27.057 1.232
23 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:27.201 1.376
24 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 1:27.208 1.383
25 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 16 1:27.276 1.451
26 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 13 1:27.499 1.674
27 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 10 1:27.757 1.932
28 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 15 1:27.780 1.955
29 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 8 1:28.797 2.972
30 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 No time N/A
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