Dan Cammish secures second consecutive pole position in damp Silverstone qualifying

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.

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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].

Qualifying results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
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
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