Colin Turkington bagged his second British Touring Car Championship pole position of the season in the new two-part format at Snetterton, edging out MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill in the final shootout.
Turkington, who had been four tenths off the top time in Q1, mastered the cool conditions in the short ten-minute second half of qualifying to deny Hill a maiden pole position, as he used his rear-wheel drive BMW to his advantage.
With just ten minutes permitted in Q2, and a long lap time of around two minutes, Turkington was always going to be in a favourable position through not having to pit for his front and rear tyres to be changed over.
In the end that allowed Turkington more flying laps, and he beat Hill to pole by almost two tenths of a second.
Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram, on pole last year, was third quickest in his Toyota, two tenths off the pace.
Rory Butcher had been quickest in Q1, but the Motorbase driver could only manage fourth in the all-important Q2 session.
Honda’s Dan Cammish was the last driver to get up to speed, having taken time to build temperature in his tyres on a circuit which had a track temperature of just ten degrees.
In the end the title contender could only manage fifth, Cammish being three tenths from pole.
Championship leader Ash Sutton was sixth in the fastest Infiniti, ahead of BMW’s Tom Oliphant in seventh, who had only just scraped through to the second part of qualifying with an improvement in the dying seconds of Q1.
Motorbase’s Ollie Jackson, Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat and Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan completed the top ten, although the latter never managed to post a trye flying lap and ended up almost seven seconds off the pace.
Excelr8 Motorsport’s Senna Proctor had looked set to progress to Q2 until a late improvement from Oliphant left the Hyundai racer in 11th at the team’s home circuit.
BTC Racing’s josh Cook was likewise a driver who just missed out on Q2, the Honda driver having repeatedly flirted with the top ten times before ending up in 12th, the last driver within a second of the Q1 pace.
Honda’s Matt Neal was inside the top ten early on in Q1, but he spun on the exit of Coram near the end of the first part of qualifying, leaving him with dirty tyres and a lack of momentum to progress and down in 16th.
Paul Rivett was the best of the four drivers either débuting or returning to the grid this weekend, putting his TradePriceCars Audi in 20th.
Race one on Sunday is scheduled to get underway at 10:37 GMT (11:37 CET). European readers are urged to note the change of clocks overnight on Saturday.
|1||1||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||5||1:56.858||0.000|
|2||24||I||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||5||1:57.050||0.192|
|3||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||5||1:57.068||0.210|
|4||6||I||Rory BUTCHER||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||5||1:57.083||0.225|
|5||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||5||1:57.194||0.336|
|6||116||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||5||1:57.319||0.461|
|7||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||4||1:57.493||0.635|
|8||48||I||Ollie JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||4||1:57.546||0.688|
|9||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||5||1:57.639||0.781|
|10||32||I||Adam MORGAN||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||5||2:03.740||6.882|
|1||6||I||Rory BUTCHER||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||9||1:57.247||0.000|
|2||32||I||Adam MORGAN||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||10||1:57.430||0.183|
|3||116||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||12||1:57.531||0.284|
|4||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||8||1:57.547||0.300|
|5||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||11||1:57.623||0.376|
|6||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||12||1:57.641||0.394|
|7||1||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||10||1:57.648||0.401|
|8||24||I||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||9||1:57.665||0.418|
|9||48||I||Ollie JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||10||1:57.681||0.434|
|10||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||11||1:57.688||0.441|
|11||18||I||Senna PROCTOR||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||10||1:57.856||0.609|
|12||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||10||1:58.059||0.812|
|13||22||I||Chris SMILEY||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||10||1:58.389||1.142|
|14||3||I||Tom CHILTON||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||10||1:58.421||1.174|
|15||12||I||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||11||1:58.425||1.178|
|16||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||10||1:58.517||1.270|
|17||777||I||Michael CREES||The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||10||1:58.729||1.482|
|18||4||I||Sam OSBORNE||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||11||1:58.790||1.543|
|19||31||I||Jack GOFF||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||10||1:58.860||1.613|
|20||222||I||Paul RIVETT||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||10||1:58.986||1.739|
|21||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||Team HARD.||BMW 125i M Sport||10||1:59.404||2.157|
|22||39||I||Jessica HAWKINS||Power Maxed Car Care Racing||Vauxhall Astra||10||1:59.465||2.218|
|23||44||I||Andy NEATE||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||11||1:59.501||2.254|
|24||88||I||Glynn GEDDIE||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||10||2:00.604||3.357|
|25||23||I||Ethan HAMMERTON||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||11||2:00.746||3.499|
|26||32||I||Jack BUTEL||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||11||2:00.942||3.695|
|27||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with Team HARD.||Volkswagen CC||3||No time||N/A|