Colin Turkington heads Dan Cammish in Donington Park qualifying

Colin Turkington heads Dan Cammish in Donington Park qualifying

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Defending champion Colin Turkington edged out rival Dan Cammish to secure pole position in qualifying for race one of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park.

Despite rain falling just before qualifying got underway, all drivers headed out on slicks and the rear-wheel drive runners headed the times early on in the half-hour session.

Turkington led the way, and would continue to improve across the session to secure pole position as the only man to dip under the 1:09 mark with his new qualifying lap record of 1:08.998.

2019 runner-up Cammish was less than a tenth adrift of Turkington’s time, a strong result considering Team Dynamics were forced to change the differential on his Honda Civic Type R in just 16 minutes to get him out into the session.

Heading the second row with the Infiniti Q50’s best qualifying result to date was Ash Sutton, who improved throughout the session to produce a lap just 0.010 shy of Cammish’s time.

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Tom Ingram managed fourth position at the circuit where he took the Corolla’s debut victory last season, ahead of Turkington’s Team BMW stablemate Tom Oliphant who would round out the top five.

Rory Butcher made a strong start to competitive life with the new-for-2020 Ford Focus ST in sixth position for Motorbase Performance, placing ahead of former team-mate Jake Hill in sixth and seventh positions respectively.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook was next in his FK8 Honda Civic with Cammish’s team-mate Matt Neal in ninth giving Team Dynamics a double top ten start for tomorrow.

Adam Morgan’s Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class would complete the top ten, with Senna Proctor in 11th on the debut BTCC qualifying for the Excelr8 Motorsport Hynudai i30N.

His team-mate Chris Smiley was two positions further back in 13th, behind the FK2 Honda Civic of Sam Osborne for new squad MB Motorsport.

Stephen Jelley placed 15th in his older-generation BMW 125i M Sport, while Tom Chilton was left disappointed in 16th after encouraging pace in practice earlier in the day.

Team HARD’s Jack Goff managed to get some running in the session, placing 25th, after a brake failure in FP2 caused heavy damage to his Volkswagen CC and left him with bruised ribs.

The opening race of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship is set to get underway tomorrow [2 August] at 11:10 BST.

Qualifying results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 20 1:08.998 0.000
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 14 1:09.085 0.087
3 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 19 1:09.095 0.097
4 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 16 1:09.210 0.212
5 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 21 1:09.309 0.311
6 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 12 1:09.329 0.331
7 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 16 1:09.387 0.389
8 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 18 1:09.411 0.413
9 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 18 1:09.563 0.565
10 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:09.567 0.569
11 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 11 1:09.588 0.590
12 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 15 1:09.631 0.633
13 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 16 1:09.723 0.725
14 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 1:09.724 0.726
15 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:09.818 0.820
16 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 18 1:09.819 0.821
17 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 20 1:10.118 1.120
18 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 1:10.200 1.202
19 180 I James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 19 1:10.218 1.220
20 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 18 1:10.432 1.434
21 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 18 1:10.692 1.694
22 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 18 1:10.758 1.760
23 34 I Ollie BROWN RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 1:11.049 2.051
24 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:11.508 2.510
25 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 6 1:11.538 2.540
26 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 2 No time N/A