Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish secured his second consecutive British Touring Car Championship pole position in a rain-affected qualifying session at Silverstone.
Despite the notoriously tight nature of qualifying around the 1.6-mile circuit, Cammish’s time of 57.349 put him nearly two tenths clear of nearest challenger Tom Ingram to mark the biggest pole margin of the season so far.
After the session was initially red-flagged following contact between James Gornall and Jack Butel as the pair collided while weaving to build tyre temperature on the Wellington Straight, Cammish was the first front-wheel drive runner to set a representative time.
Despite rain then falling from around the midway mark of the half-hour session, Cammish continued to improve and the track seemed to hold grip well as Ingram was able to improve to second in the dying minutes after initially having his best time removed for a track limits infringement.
Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher will head the second row of the grid just three-thousandths back after improving on his time dramatically in the final third of the session, while reigning champion Colin Turkington was only a further two-thousandths-of-a-second adrift of him in fourth.
Turkington’s team-mate Tom Oliphant – who provided the erstwhile standings leader with the slipstream on many of his flying laps – rounded out the top five ahead of triple champion Matt Neal.
Championship leader Ash Sutton could only manage seventh fastest with maximum ballast, despite topping the opening session earlier in the day, while Adam Morgan’s Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class continued its Saturday form in eighth.
Tom Chilton was the best of the BTC Racing Honda Civics in ninth, while Jake Hill rounded out the top ten runners in the older-shaped FK2 Honda Civic for MB Motorsport.
Brands Hatch podium finisher Ollie Jackson was 11th, while Josh Cook – who won the final race at Thruxton last time out – could only manage 12th.
Carl Boardley’s Team HARD-run BMW 125i M Sport was 13th ahead of fellow BMW 1 Series runner Stephen Jelley just behind him, with Sutton’s team-mate Aiden Moffat completing the top 15.
The opening race of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone is scheduled to get underway at 11:27 tomorrow [27 September].
|1||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||22||57.349||0.000|
|2||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||20||57.547||0.198|
|3||6||I||Rory BUTCHER||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||20||57.550||0.201|
|4||1||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||26||57.552||0.203|
|5||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||26||57.557||0.208|
|6||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||25||57.603||0.254|
|7||116||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||25||57.663||0.314|
|8||32||I||Adam MORGAN||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||25||57.673||0.324|
|9||3||I||Tom CHILTON||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||23||57.694||0.345|
|10||24||I||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||18||57.719||0.370|
|11||48||I||Ollie JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||21||57.737||0.388|
|12||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||21||57.815||0.466|
|13||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||Team HARD.||BMW 125i M Sport||25||57.874||0.525|
|14||12||I||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||26||57.877||0.528|
|15||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||25||57.895||0.546|
|16||18||I||Senna PROCTOR||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||23||57.918||0.569|
|17||4||I||Sam OSBORNE||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||19||57.923||0.574|
|18||31||I||Jack GOFF||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||20||58.009||0.660|
|19||19||I||Bobby THOMPSON||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||21||58.072||0.723|
|20||32||I||Jack BUTEL||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||20||58.087||0.738|
|21||777||I||Michael CREES||The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||20||58.156||0.807|
|22||8||I||Tom ONSLOW-COLE||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||24||58.185||0.836|
|23||22||I||Chris SMILEY||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||22||58.192||0.843|
|24||44||I||Andy NEATE||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||21||58.271||0.922|
|25||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with Team HARD.||Volkswagen CC||19||58.413||1.064|
|26||9||I||Jade EDWARDS||Power Maxed Car Care Racing||Vauxhall Astra||21||58.631||1.282|
|27||180||I||James GORNALL||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||0||No time||N/A|