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.
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.
|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|