Colin Turkington snatches pole position in qualifying shootout

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.

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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.

Q2 results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
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

Q1 results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
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
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