Colin Turkington secures crucial pole as Andrew Jordan crashes out of qualifying

Colin Turkington secures crucial pole as Andrew Jordan crashes out of qualifying

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Reigning champion Colin Turkington secured a crucial pole position in a dramatic qualifying session at Brands Hatch for the season finale of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship.

Turkington’s WSR stablemate Andrew Jordan held onto third position despite having his fastest time removed for causing a red flag with five minutes remaining in the session.

The 2013 champion, who has secured more victories than any other driver this season, locked up on the entry to Hawthorns Bend and went straight on into the barrier.

As he was beached in the gravel trap when trying to recover, Jordan lost his fastest time but his second-fastest effort was good enough to retain third position.

Jordan hit the barrier, and got beached when trying to recover. Photo: ITV/BTCC

Wet-weather specialist Ash Sutton was three tenths adrift of Turkington’s benchmark to share the front row with the Northern Irishman, who repeatedly set fastest lap in the opening half of the session and was never bettered despite carrying maximum championship ballast.

Jordan then heads the second row ahead of team-mate Tom Oliphant who enjoyed a strong qualifying session, while three-time BTCC winner Rory Butcher completed the top five.

Notably, Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish languished down in 12th position after a difficult session saw him struggle to heat the rear tyres and resulted in a lack of rear-end stability.

An impressive performance from AmD Tuning’s Jake Hill saw him qualify sixth aboard his Audi S3, while BTC Racing team-mates Chris Smiley and Josh Cook qualified seventh and eighth respectively, the latter remaining within title contention.

Mike Bushell, who continues to sub in for Sam Tordoff to see out the 2019 campaign at AmD Tuning, also impressed to secure ninth position, while Aiden Moffat’s Infiniti Q50 rounded out the top ten runners.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan managed 11th-fastest in his Mercedes A-Class, with Cammish ahead of team-mate Matt Neal as the two Team Dynamics-run FK8 Civics struggled for pace.

Michael Caine again showed pace to finish qualifying as the fastest of the Motorbase Performance Fords, placing in 14th position while Senna Proctor was 15th.

Double champion Jason Plato ended up just behind the pair in 16th position, ahead of Tom Ingram – who has an outside shot at the title after a double win at Silverstone – but was another who struggled for rear grip, demonstrated by a couple of slides at Graham Hill Bend.

The opening British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend is scheduled to get underway at 11:35 [BST] tomorrow [13 October].

Qualifying result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 1:40.752 0.000
2 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 15 1:41.068 0.316
3 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 12 1:41.520 0.768
4 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 17 1:41.626 0.874
5 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 13 1:41.637 0.885
6 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 14 1:41.913 1.161
7 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:42.084 1.332
8 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:42.151 1.399
9 21 I Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 16 1:42.157 1.405
10 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 15 1:42.166 1.414
11 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 14 1:42.169 1.417
12 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:42.215 1.463
13 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:42.240 1.488
14 44 I Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS 14 1:42.405 1.653
15 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 1:42.427 1.675
16 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:42.444 1.692
17 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 15 1:42.482 1.730
18 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 15 1:42.655 1.903
19 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 1:42.834 2.082
20 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:43.027 2.275
21 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 15 1:43.359 2.607
22 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 14 1:43.366 2.614
23 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 1:43.627 2.875
24 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 1:43.746 2.994
25 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:43.781 3.029
26 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 13 1:43.967 3.215
27 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 1:44.027 3.275
28 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 14 1:44.574 3.822
29 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 13 1:45.516 4.764
30 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 1 No time N/A