Rory Butcher takes comfortable maiden pole position for home round at Knockhill

Rory Butcher takes comfortable maiden pole position for home round at Knockhill

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AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher took pole position for the opening race of the British Touring Car Championship comfortably from fellow Honda racer Dan Cammish with an advantage of well over two tenths.

The two time BTCC winner has enjoyed the perfect Saturday at the his local circuit, topping both free practice sessions before going quicker still in qualifying to secure his first BTCC pole position.

His time of 50.451s betters Cammish’s pole position at the Fife circuit last year by nearly half a second, and the Honda driver’s FK8 Civic was at the sharp end again, albeit 0.243s adrift of Butcher’s benchmark.

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan heads the second row in his BMW 3 Series with Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton for company in his Ford Focus RS, enjoying a strong showing at the same track he won the final race at last season.

In fifth position was Team BMR’s Senna Proctor, who scored his best qualifying result of the season in his Subaru Levorg, while standings leader Colin Turkington was sixth in his BMW.

Turkington’s team-mate Tom Oliphant was just behind to put all three 330i M Sport machines into the top seven, while double Thruxton podium-finisher Adam Morgan continued his renewed form in eighth position.

BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley placed in ninth position ahead of fellow Honda runner Matt Neal who rounded out the top ten.

In 11th was Tom Ingram’s Toyota Corolla, bouncing back to a solid result after struggling throughout free practice, while home hero Aiden Moffat enjoyed the best ever qualifying session for the Infiniti Q50 in the series in 12th place.

Stephen Jelley, who secured a front-row start at Knockhill last season, could only manage 13th this time around ahead of Ash Sutton in the second Subaru Levorg.

Double BTCC champion Jason Plato failed to carry momentum after a strong second practice and struggled down in 16th, ahead of series returnee Mike Bushell and his AmD stablemate Jake Hill.

In the fourth AmD Tuning machine, Mark Blundell caused the only session stoppage with around 20 minutes remaining after a spin at Clark.

The Audi S3 initially appeared to be stuck in the gravel on the exit but then managed to get back to the pits, Blundell seemingly struggling on his racing debut at Knockhill.

The opening race of the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill is scheduled to get underway at 11:45 BST tomorrow [15 September].

Qualifying results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 23 50.451 0.000
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 50.694 0.243
3 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 30 50.754 0.303
4 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 50.800 0.349
5 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 28 50.850 0.399
6 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 28 50.854 0.403
7 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 30 50.859 0.408
8 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 50.863 0.412
9 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 50.865 0.414
10 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 26 50.869 0.418
11 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 20 50.891 0.440
12 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 28 50.954 0.503
13 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 30 50.972 0.521
14 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 27 51.010 0.559
15 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 23 51.017 0.566
16 21 I Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 25 51.046 0.595
17 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 25 51.054 0.603
18 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 26 51.176 0.725
19 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 51.210 0.759
20 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 25 51.215 0.764
21 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 26 51.273 0.822
22 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 25 51.422 0.971
23 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 23 51.457 1.006
24 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 22 51.604 1.153
25 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 21 51.620 1.169
26 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 24 51.641 1.190
27 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 25 51.879 1.428
28 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 25 52.009 1.558
29 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 23 52.237 1.786
30 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 5 52.937 2.486