Rory Butcher continues Silverstone Saturday dominance with pole position

Toyota’s Rory Butcher continued his flawless run of pace on Saturday at Silverstone, claiming pole position for the opening British Touring Car Championship race on Sunday.

Butcher was the quickest driver in both Q1 and Q2 in the two-part qualifying session, having topped the first segment with a lap time of 57.383 seconds before going fastest in the crucial Q2 part to claim pole, although his time was slightly slower on a 57.440.

The Scot edged out Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram, with the Hyundai driver being a mere 0.016 seconds behind despite carrying 30 kg more success ballast than his Speedworks Motorsport rival.

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Having secured his maiden BTCC pole last weekend at Croft, Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat was again on the pace and put his Infiniti in third, again less than a tenth of a second from pole, even though the Scot was carrying ballast (27 kg) into qualifying for the first time.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook was the leading Honda driver in fourth, ahead of Power Maxed Racing’s Daniel Lloyd in fifth, the Vauxhall driver having persistently sought to obtain a slipstream from Butcher in the second part of the session.

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington was sixth quickest, having had his best lap time deleted for exceeding track limits, ahead of Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom in seventh.

Championship leader Ash Sutton was eighth, having lost four lap times in the second part due to track limits, his fastest legal lap ultimately being three tenths off pole.

The top ten was completed by BMW’s Stephen Jelley and Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Chilton was the top driver to fail to make the cut into Q2, having been just 0.002 seconds away from the cutoff. In fact, Chilton had been fifth at one stage in Q1, but he suffered from a high-speed spin at Turn 1 as a result of a puncture eight minutes into the session, briefly bringing out the red flags.

BMW’s Tom Oliphant was 12th in Q1, three tenths off the pace, ahead of BTC Racing’s Senna Proctor in 13th, marking the Honda drivers’ worst qualifying performance since June.

Gordon Shedden was unhappy with the balance of his car and was only 14th fastest, ahead of Excelr8 Motorsport’s Chris Smiley in 15th.

The new BTCC Hybrid Toyota, being driven by Andrew Jordan this weekend, was 20th, half a second off the pace as it undergoes further testing ahead of 2022.

Crucially, MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill, who is currently Sutton’s closest rival in the title fight, was only 23rd after ending up over half a second off the pace in his Ford, which is carrying 66 kg of ballast. Hill had failed to break into the top twenty all day as he struggled more with the weight at the Northamptonshire circuit than he did just a week ago in Yorkshire.

Race one is scheduled to get underway at 11:30 BST on Sunday.

Q2 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 6 Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 8 57.440
2 80 Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 10 57.456 0.016
3 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 10 57.510 0.070
4 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 9 57.615 0.175
5 123 Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 8 57.640 0.200
6 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 10 57.678 0.238
7 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 9 57.729 0.289
8 1 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 10 57.774 0.334
9 12 Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 10 57.811 0.371
10 11 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 9 57.901 0.461

Q1 results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 6 Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 13 57.383
2 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 23 57.452 0.069
3 80 Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 10 57.486 0.103
4 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 14 57.579 0.196
5 1 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 23 57.600 0.217
6 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 19 57.632 0.249
7 123 Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 57.652 0.269
8 11 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 57.656 0.273
9 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 57.690 0.307
10 12 Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 23 57.690 0.307
11 3 Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 22 57.692 0.309
12 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 23 57.703 0.320
13 18 Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 20 57.721 0.338
14 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 19 57.738 0.355
15 22 Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 21 57.750 0.367
16 41 Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 23 57.758 0.375
17 48 Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 20 57.775 0.392
18 23 Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 20 57.788 0.405
19 96 Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 20 57.854 0.471
20 2022 Andrew JORDAN Toyota Corolla BTCC Hybrid 19 57.889 0.506
21 4 Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 20 57.933 0.550
22 33 Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 21 57.934 0.551
23 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 20 57.945 0.562
24 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 19 57.973 0.590
25 44 Andy NEATE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 19 58.091 0.708
26 19 Jack MITCHELL Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 13 58.097 0.714
27 62 Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 19 58.108 0.725
28 99 Jade EDWARDS PHSC with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 20 58.125 0.742
29 31 Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 17 58.156 0.773
30 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 17 58.433 1.050
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