Jake Hill claims pole from Knockhill qualifying

Jake Hill claims pole position for the 2022 British Touring Car Championship visit to Knockhill.

The BMW driver finished more than two seconds clear of the rest of the field to secure his second pole position of the season.

Hill had jumped to the top of the order early on, with a lap time of 50.858s putting him comfortably ahead of Colin Turkington and Tom Ingram.

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However, he continued to lower that benchmark and stretch his advantage over the remainder of the session.

The red flags were brought out with a little under five minutes on the clock at Nic Hamilton lost the rear of his Cupra and ended up in the gravel. It was only a brief stoppage, as Hamilton managed to get out of the gravel under his own power moments after the red flags fell.

Hill continued to find pace when the action resumed, lowering the benchmark to 50.726s by the chequered flag.

Ash Sutton jumped up to second late in the session, finishing 0.206s back. Championship rival Turkington joins him at the sharp end of the field, placing third overall, ahead of Adam Morgan and Stephen Jelley.

Hamilton wasn’t the only driver to find gravel during the qualifying session. Jason Plato managed to put his car in the gravel at Clark’s after losing the rear end, but was able to keep going. Sutton also dipped his wheels into the gravel multiple times and was forced to abandon what had looked like a strong flying lap late on after a number of mistakes.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Gamble came through to qualify in sixth ahead of the leading Toyota of Rory Butcher.

Ingram dropped down to eighth by the chequered flag. Aiden Moffat and Dan Cammish rounded out the top ten.

Qualifying results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 24 Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 26 50.726
2 1 Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 25 50.932 0.206
3 50 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 28 51.058 0.332
4 33 Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 29 51.092 0.366
5 12 Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 27 51.103 0.377
6 42 George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 29 51.112 0.386
7 6 Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 23 51.171 0.445
8 80 Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 23 51.182 0.456
9 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 29 51.270 0.544
10 9 Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 24 51.273 0.547
11 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 25 51.337 0.611
12 19 Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 18 51.352 0.626
13 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 24 51.358 0.632
14 66 Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 23 51.373 0.647
15 21 Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 51.413 0.687
16 3 Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 20 51.415 0.689
17 97 Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 23 51.467 0.741
18 777 Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 51.509 0.783
19 11 Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 51.513 0.787
20 96 Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 26 51.568 0.842
21 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 23 51.702 0.976
22 123 Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 17 51.707 0.981
23 77 Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 25 51.717 0.991
24 99 Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 51.723 0.997
25 17 Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 25 51.805 1.079
26 48 Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 19 51.829 1.103
27 62 Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 22 52.066 1.340
28 20 Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 22 52.540 1.814
29 28 Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 16 52.617 1.891
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