Colin Turkington storms to Knockhill pole position

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington claimed a crucial pole position in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill, beating BTC Racing’s Senna Proctor to the top time.

Turkington, who has not had pole position at the Scottish circuit since 2014, denied Proctor a second successive pole by edging out the 23-year-old with just under five minutes of the session remaining.

Until that stage, Turkington had topped the times since the first phase of the session with a lap of 50.978 seconds, before Proctor went quicker with just seven minutes to run.

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However, Turkington immediately responded, posting a time of 50.836 seconds to claim his third Knockhill pole in the BTCC.

Proctor was ultimately just over a tenth of a second back in second, with Excelr8 Motorsport’s top performer, Chris Smiley, in third, a further half a tenth behind. Smiley had been one of the last to improve, having jumped from tenth to third in the final seconds.

Josh Cook put his BTC Racing Honda in fourth, ahead of the leading MB Motorsport Ford Focus of Jake Hill in fifth.

Championship leader Ash Sutton was the top Infiniti driver in sixth, a fraction under two tenths off the pace in his fully-ballasted car.

Aiden Moffat was directly behind his team-mate in seventh, with Toyota’s Rory Butcher in eighth.

The top ten was completed by Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram and Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant, with Ingram’s late improvement dumping Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden out of the top ten, the Scot having to settle for 11th.

Daniel Lloyd was the leading Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall driver in 12th, ahead of Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan in 13th. Morgan only completed 17 laps after he spun out into the gravel at the chicane after 19 minutes, bringing out the red flags which prevented him from being allowed to re-join the session.

An earlier red-flag stoppage bad occurred in the opening minutes when Excelr8 Motorsport’s Rick Parfitt Jr went off before he had even posted a time, leaving him to start from last for race one on Sunday.

Session results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 26 50.836
2 18 Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 50.953 0.117
3 22 Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 23 51.004 0.168
4 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 25 51.019 0.183
5 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 23 51.021 0.185
6 1 Ash SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 51.035 0.199
7 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 29 51.036 0.200
8 6 Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 21 51.047 0.211
9 80 Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 23 51.079 0.243
10 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 26 51.101 0.265
11 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 26 51.120 0.284
12 123 Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 26 51.187 0.351
13 33 Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 17 51.245 0.409
14 12 Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 23 51.262 0.426
15 11 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 51.273 0.437
16 3 Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 27 51.295 0.459
17 48 Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 23 51.349 0.513
18 31 Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 26 51.390 0.554
19 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 24 51.487 0.651
20 4 Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 23 51.520 0.684
21 23 Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 25 51.617 0.781
22 99 Jade EDWARDS PHSC with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 26 51.668 0.832
23 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 26 51.686 0.850
24 20 Paul RIVETT Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 23 51.729 0.893
25 41 Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 17 51.763 0.927
26 19 Jack MITCHELL Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 26 51.772 0.936
27 96 Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 23 51.908 1.072
28 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 23 52.141 1.305
29 62 Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 3 No time N/A
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